Sunday, March 06, 2005

Mind your language

With thanks to dock of the bay, here's a great link:
Common Errors in English
The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak.
If, like me, you've always written "no-one", you'll discover that in fact it should be "no one" (two words). And all the times you've dithered about whether to use "enquire" or "inquire"? They're alternative spellings of the same word. D'oh... You idiot.

You might also discover that the man who wrote the site,
Paul Brians, has given the world an even greater resource, in Mr. Gradgrind's Literal Answers to Rhetorical Questions, a page of sensible answers to life's stupid questions:
How high the moon?
It varies between 356,000 and 407,000 km in distance from the surface of the earth, its average distance being 384,400 km.
He also uses the word "persnickety"... My hero.