Monday, April 23, 2007
Just finished changing a dozen instances of posotive
. Such is life in the trenches.
I'm not the greatest of spellers. In fact, there are some words (e.g. pronunciation
) that I consistently spell incorrectly.
Often my misspelling is a result of a pronunciation spelling
, itself usually based on a nonstandard pronunciation (or should I say "pronounciation?"). This makes it hard to tell where the pronunciation spelling stops and the spelling pronunciation
(A friend of mine, the zine guy
, makes a habit of pointing out the standard pronunciation when I slip up. Unfortunately, he always frames his observations as the "correct" way to pronounce something — the IPA
notation from Moses' tablets, I guess — which leads to an excessive amount of protestation on my part. I should probably try to learn enough about my Minnesotan accent to separate my local color from my ignorance.)
My solution to the spelling issue is straightforward and boring: I've long since fell into the habit of looking up a word if I'm at all unsure about its spelling. To Bartleby
Of course, there is another way: I could throw myself into the fight for a free and democratic orthography
. Unfortunately, I'm not that h.c.
Also, there's the whole "edits for a living" thing.
Labels: editing, pronunciation, spelling
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