1/23/2008

Word o' the Weak: Definitely

Just when he's patting himself on the virtual back for launching this blog, Mr. Rewrite has found someone with real passion for language.

His new hero, brushing aside Bryan A. Garner, is the person who registered http://www.d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y.com/ to call attention to rampant misspelling of that word. The site is one simple page listing the most common misspellings of
definitely and carrying a link to a site selling T-shirts, mugs, etc., that urge care with the word.

Mr. Rewrite decided to run the site's misspellings list through Google News to see how those paid to get it right handle definitely. The results (misspellings and error rates):
The overall error rate on Google News: 0.3 percent.

To the media's credit, civilians fare much, much, much worse. Using the misspellings from http://www.d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y.com/, the error rate on both Google Blogsearch and regular Google is a jaw-dropping 24 percent.

You definitely should look this one up to avoid botching it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I usually just use a Search Engine to find and check grammar mistakes. Like http://www.TOPxTOP.com