Writing for Business

Oct 19 2011   6:02PM GMT

Blame spellcheck

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

There’s a breakthrough in the definitely vs. defiantly spelling problem: Word corrects “definately” as “definitely” but changes “definatly” to “defiantly.” Oh dear. People intend to say “definitely,” Word makes it “defiantly” and they carefully learn this “correct” spelling, not realizing it’s a completely different word.

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