Tuesday, August 12, 2008

AUGUST 12, 2008

Last week, a professor from the United Kingdom named Dr. Ken Smith published an article where he argued that we should all start accepting so-called "spelling variants" of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. Why?

Because, according to Dr. Smith, people misspell some words so often... that it's useless to even try to teach people to spell them correctly.

So what are some of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language... and what would be their accepted as "spelling variants"?

--Occurred (--the accepted variant spelling would be OCCURED)
--Argument (as ARGUEMENT)
--Weird (as WIERD)
--Truly (as TRUELY)
--Wednesday (as WENSDAY)
--February (as FEBUARY)

According to a poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media for CreditCards.com, 82% of U.S. adults are reluctant to openly discuss their credit card debts. Here's the top 9 topics we don't want to discuss:

1. Credit card debt
2. Salary
3. Monthly mortgage or rent payments
4. Health problems
5. Death of a loved one
6. Weight
7. Religious views
8. Political views
9. Age

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