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Well, "color" and "favor" happened before my lifetime, so I grew up with
those and thus, they don't bother me. But this is yet another example of
the question of where we draw the line between corruption of the
language and linguistic drift.
I also use the MS Word/Outlook spell checker, so it probably doesn't
include all of those specialized terms. I guess "gage" is now considered
From: Lauren [mailto:lauren -at- writeco -dot- net]
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3:55 PM
To: Downing, David; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: "Gage"
> From: Downing, David
> Sounds like yet another example of a misspelling becoming accepted
> because everyone was doing it.
Yeah, like "color" and "favor."
> And while we're back on the subject of twisting the language, did you
> say "tolerancing"??? I'm not sure how much tolerance I have for that
> one -- and my spell checker does *not* recognize that one.
Does your spell checker contain *all* mechanical and engineering terms
are not in regular dictionaries? When I worked on mining documents, I
across industry-specific terms that the Word spell checker did not
I want to find a collection of dictionaries (.dic text files) that
words from different industries, like engineering.dic, mining.dic,
philosophy.dic, and law.dic. That would be cool.
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