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Spell Checker

Nostalgic for letters in an age of spell check

How do you spell 'decline'? How do you spell 'obsolete', or 'archaic'? For most people, spelling tests were not one of their favourite parts of growing up.

Monday, 28 February, 2011, 12:00am

Word processors the key to better English

I refer to the comments made by Andy Ho in his column on October 30 ('Queen's English or anyone's - simply be consistent') concerning the use of British and American English in Hong Kong.

14 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Government as bookie would be a banker

As Hong Kong's markets increasingly resemble gambling dens more than outlets for standard share and futures trading, we have a proposition for the authorities.

31 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Helpful hints for combating grammar gaffes

Fed up with being taken to task over the grammatical foul-ups you inflict daily on the English language? Well, help can be found on the Internet.

One informative Web site is Common Errors in English, at http://www. wsu.edu/%7Ebrians/errors/ errors.html.

13 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Instant solution to growing problem

I discovered a disturbing item on the Altavista search engine I use for the World-Wide Web last week.

Accidentally clicking on 'hints or tips', I was presented with the following advice which is paraphrased for clarity's sake: Use Altavista as a spell-checker! Search for CD-ROM and CDROM and see which one shows the most number of hits. That's the right one! This is not a joke.

25 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Testing war of patience

USING a grammar checker in conjunction with a word processor is all well and good if you have plenty of time to spend trying to learn your grammar.

Of course you have to know the basics about grammar to begin with.

9 Mar 1993 - 12:00am