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Modern Day Grammar Tips – Definitely or Definately?


1. Abbreviations

These are shortened forms of words or phrases. Social media users challenge theories of abbreviations by using initialisms (abbreviations using only the first letters of words in a phrase). The Oxford English Dictionary selected a number of noteworth “initialisms” for their March 2011 online release including:

LOL Used to draw attention to a joke or amusing statement, or to express amusement.
FYI For your information
BTW (Informal) by the way

Why are these initialisms being included in the Oxford English Dictionary? It’s simple – usage. As these words are progressively being used, the more likely they will be included in publications. Emphasising the strength of the digital world – especially in terms of the way we communicate.

Let’s go back to basics – do you know the correct meanings for these abbreviations below?

ad lib. ad libitum as much as you like
ca. or c. circa around
cf. confer compare with
e.g. exempli gratia for example
et al. et alii (et aliae, et alia) and other things
etc. etcetera and so on
ibid. ibidem in the same source
i.e. id est that is
loc. cit. loco citato in the place previously cited
NB nota bene note well
q.e.d. quod erat demonstrandum thus proved
sic sic thus, or literally

2. Common misspellings

According to the Oxford Dictionary, these are 12 most common misspellings:

  1. Accommodate
  2. Argument
  3. Believe
  4. Committee
  5. Definitely
  6. Existence
  7. Foreign
  8. Grammar
  9. Privilege
  10. Rhythm
  11. Tomorrow
  12. Unfortunately

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