Spell checker (in General)

miteke [Superheros] February 8 2007 9:22 AM EST

The spell checker missed the following words:
# Assumedly
# rebalanced
# gritting

What is the protocol for getting words added to the CB dictionary?

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] February 8 2007 9:39 AM EST

Assumedly is not a word. Presumably what you meant was ... presumably.

QBRanger February 8 2007 9:44 AM EST

Your Query of 'assumedly' Resulted in 1 Matches
From The AND Dictionary
Displaying Items 1 through 1

1. False; not genuine.

Example: an assumed name
Thesaurus: fictitious, pretended, false, counterfeit, spurious; Antonym: genuine, bona fide.
2. Accepted as true before proof is available.

Thesaurus: taken for granted, presumed, understood, presupposed, conjectured, postulated, supposed, accepted, given, granted, hypothesized.

Derivative: assumedly

QBJohnnywas February 8 2007 10:08 AM EST

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (seen as the definitive dictionary of the English language) 'assumedly'_has_become a word, but began life as an American mistake. Somebody used it instead of presumably. Presumably. ;)

There are a lot of American words in English that didn't exist before the 19th century. One theory has it that immigrants, from poor, uneducated backgrounds were attempting to sound more intelligent and of a higher class than they were back home and made up words that sounded like they should be correct.

Meanwhile, the spell check doesn't recognize colour, armour, or even G Beee....

QBRanger February 8 2007 10:13 AM EST

Yes, there are plenty of words that started as a mistake, however, they still indeed are words.

And as we know, plenty of current words did not exist in the 19th century. Internet is one in particular.

QBJohnnywas February 8 2007 10:18 AM EST

There is a point when words that began as mistakes or complete fabrications become 'real' words if they are used enough. It's the sign a language is truly alive when that happens.

The second you stop adding new words to a language it dies.

I wonder what qualifies a word to be 'real' though... Because if only two people use a word and understand the meaning; is that not real enough?

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] February 8 2007 10:20 AM EST

Eeznen. ;)

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] February 8 2007 10:23 AM EST

Supposably has made it as well, but anyone using it sounds like an idiot.

Kudos to Rachel Ray for making "EVOO" a dictionary entry.

deifeln February 8 2007 1:30 PM EST

Bast...you just used 'kudos' and 'Rachel Ray' in the same sentence....

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] February 8 2007 2:55 PM EST

I was being, in the modern parlance, ironical. Or is she hawking these now, too?

AdminNightStrike February 9 2007 5:38 PM EST

Add "muddied" to the list. If it's in Firefox's spell checker, it should be in CB's.

I still maintain that adding apostrophe-s to any preexisting word should be allowed.

[RX3]Cotillion February 9 2007 6:05 PM EST

armour and colour and words like that should be in the spellcheck, but i guess no one thought of the Canadians or French for that matter. -.-

Lochnivar February 9 2007 8:59 PM EST

I think with over 750k words in the bank that the English language can take a break from its rapid expansion.

Personally I'm not fond of the American English spell check:
For example spell check doesn't like the following,
(correct English spelling)
(yes the 's' in place of the 'z' is correct in English)

On another note, my least favourite 'word' in the language emerges unscathed:
(made up redundant word, like 'past history')

On the bright side, 'nite' isn't on the books.

Why is it with so many words it seems many teenagers are incapable of moving beyond starting every sentence with 'Like'

meh, there goes my rant, and darn it there is a u in favourite.

Juxtaposition, morass, and prognostication all made through, cool!

Flamey February 9 2007 9:29 PM EST

Why is it with so many words it seems many teenagers are incapable of moving beyond starting every sentence with 'Like'

like, get, like over it. ;)

No, seriously, where are you from? I don't notice it, It seems to be American teenage girls mostly, but I don't really notice anymore, It can't bother you that badly.

Lochnivar February 9 2007 9:40 PM EST

Western Canada, and it doesn't really bother me.
I have noticed more since starting to rely on public transportation. And you are quite right, it is mostly the teenage girls. Well them and wanna be 20 yr old thugs who opt for the 'Like, guy, this _________ is dope' when describing everything from the weather to a new girlfriend.

I just think that maybe we would be better off if people were better educated on how to express themselves. We seem to be on a negative approach.
Dumb down all communication so everyone can understand as opposed to better educating people.

Hehe, two rants down. I really should stop now.

TheHatchetman February 9 2007 9:44 PM EST

1337 is the only thing that truly bothers me...

1 is a number, not a letter!
3 is a number, not a letter!
4 is a number, not a letter!
7 is a number, not a letter!
0 is a number, not a letter!

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] February 10 2007 12:43 AM EST

ur dum

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] February 10 2007 2:35 AM EST

Ah come on it all depends on your cultural niche . To me you come off snooty saying presumably but supposedly is the way you say it.Of course the rules are different for anyone with a accent.You just assume they are right at least for them .The fancy British accents you just know are right .Hey they invented this dogs breakfast !
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