Thursday, September 07, 2006

It's International Literacy Day

This just in from the word-nerd wires: Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day.

A disturbing fact:

- 800 million people aged over 15 are illiterate and two-thirds of them are women (who often aren't permitted to attend school)

And then this bit on 14 commonly misspelled words in the UK, which is a charming reminder of differences in British and American English:

  • Accessory

  • Blond/blonde

  • February

  • Occasion

  • Chauvinism (Americans stopped saying this in the 1970s, when neckties with pigs were in fashion)

  • Alright (spelled all right in the U.S.)

  • Its (possessive)/it's (it is)

  • Recommend

  • Email (hyphenated in American newspapers)

  • Webpage (two words in American newspapers)

  • Wednesday

  • Necessary

  • Receive

  • Mind your Ps and Qs (do they really say this?)

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