… Do you know the difference? Joe Jackson sang in 1986.
Apart from saying that I definitely love this terrific album (recorded totally live) and its rough and vigorous sound (and my fondness will surely betray my elderly age!), I must admit that it’s sometimes hard to discern right and wrong … wait a moment! I’m realizing right now that I’ve opened this post without my usual greeting, I apologize for my lack of education! Let’s start again:
Good day sunshine and dear readers!
I don’t know why, but today I’m in a musical mood – and in a vintage mood too (Joe Jackson, Beatles, all fogey stuff for many of you)! Well, picking up the talk from where I left it off, my foreword was intended to introduce the leitmotiv of the present week on A.Word.A.Day: apparent misspellings! Yes, words that might appear wrongly spelled, but that actually are not.
In his introduction to this week’s selection Anu Garg puts the stress on the difficulties related to English spelling mostly due to the existence of different English variants and the lack of a real common rule for each of them, which might help identify the right spelling at a glance. I must confess that I often need to take a look at the dictionary to refresh my spelling, and also that I would have never thought that this particular word might be wrong – obviously, I’m not English and so I tend to relate any strange word to the language of my forefathers (Latins and Greeks). My English native readers probably will, here’s the word:
Queensland Naturalist (Australia); 1991.