It's divine, not devine

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

Want to learn a new word? Orthography.

The definition of orthography is the practice of proper spelling, a way of spelling or a study of spelling.

With everybody on social media and all of us constantly checking our feeds, we have more exposure than ever to a raft of terrible typos and commonly misspelled words in our everyday lives. On any given day you can sight incorrect headlines and bylines on all the major newspapers, especially NZHerald online. However, I often find bloggers are the WORST at spelling. Example:

If you want to make a hobby or a living out of words and feel your skills may be rusty, start with Grammar Girl, your friendly guide in the writing world. And If you want to up your game in the spelling department, peruse this list of commonly misspelled words.

But there are two particular bug-bears of mine NOT on the above list.

DIVINE spelled as DEVINE.

SNEAK PEEK spelled as Sneak PEAK.

There was even a Twitter account once called ‘Stealth Mountain’ to helpfully point this clunker out to people once they tweeted the incorrect spelling. Currently inactive, I think he/she got worn out with the enormity of the continual corrections.

Incorrect use of apostrophes is a WHOLE other topic.

If I can help just one (or more) person/s today to differentiate between these and spell them correctly, I will be a very happy camper.

It all comes back to the words. Until next time, Steph

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