All posts tagged "spelling"
Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas
Christmastime is here. Or is Christmas time here? From where and when does the word Christmas come? And is Xmas a...InformationDecember 13, 2018
Pluralizing Last Names: Never Use an Apostrophe
One way in which nouns differ from other grammatical forms in the English language is grammatical number. Prototypical English nouns have...InformationNovember 16, 2018
The History of All Hallows’ Eve: The Etymology of ‘Halloween’
Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve — English speakers use many names for the holiday that occurs each year on October 31....InformationOctober 28, 2018
Why Is ‘Love’ Not Spelled ‘Luv’?
Have you ever thought about the English language and considered the orthographic system downright wacky? Many words have a “silent e”...InformationAugust 30, 2018
No Doubt the “Silent B” Owes a Subtle Debt to History
School children all over the English-speaking world bemoan the many “silent” letters of English spelling. The orthographic system of the English...InformationAugust 28, 2018
Are You Wondering About the ‘R’ in February?
English spelling appears inconsistent at first. From silent letters to doubled letters, the orthography of English seems downright wacky to native...InformationAugust 27, 2018
The Functions of “Silent E” in Written English
E is the most common vowel and letter in the English language. Many words end in e in written English. In...InformationAugust 7, 2018
Commonly Confused and Misused Homophones and Paronyms in English
Writers often confuse words that sound the same or similarly in written English. The following sections explain the differences in spelling...InformationMay 3, 2013
I Type How I Sound: E-Language and Phonetic Spelling
The English language changed dramatically with the introduction of the printing press into England in 1476 because of the development of...InformationNovember 14, 2011