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  • Spelling matters: -ing and -ed

    Mar 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

    We were recently asked about the preferred spelling for focus -- is it focusing or focussing? Read more...

  • The Aussie battler

    Mar 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Battler seems to be a homegrown Australian use which derives from phrases like 'battle on' or 'battle around'. A battler was someone who battled on against all odds. Read more...

  • Ghost Words

    Mar 02, 2012 | 1 Comment


    This morning Susan Butler spoke to Adam Spencer about ghost words in dictionaries, that is, words which have crept in by mistake. The example was given of dord which appeared in Webster's New International Dictionary (second edition). Read more...