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Homophones

Homophones

Homophones are words which have the same pronunciation but different meaning and usually, different spelling. For example, their/there; no/know. For this reason it is very easy to confuse them and use the wrong one. In such cases, computer spell checkers won’t help you much at all. This is where you really need someone else to read what you have written (CLICK HERE for details).

Poets deliberately choose words with this quality for special effect. See if you can follow the meaning of these poems.

CANDIDATE FOR A PULLET SURPRISE¹

I have a spelling checker.
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished inn it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checkers
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

Jerry Zar, 29 June 1992

In the above poem, by the author’s count, 123 of the 225 words are incorrect (although all words are correctly spelled).

Here’s another poem which focuses on two words which are homophones of each other.

Whether the weather be fine²

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

More Homophones

If you want to find out more about homophones, look at the following website which boasts having a complete list of homophones!

http://www.homophone.com/

References

¹ http://www.bios.niu.edu/zar/poem.pdf
² Author unknown.

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Proofreading scanned documents

Digitising a company’s files is an integral part of record keeping and archiving these days. Sometimes these files need to be converted to text and not just kept in an image format. There are many programmes which convert images (TIFF, JPG, etc.) to editable text using OCR, Optical Character Recognition. This is not a foolproof process, and after this has been done, spell checking and other error checking will need to be done. As mentioned in Homophones, some words may be spelled correctly, but they may be the wrong words for the sentence.

Thus, for important business documents, having human eyes read it through to make sure it is the same as the original is absolutely essential. This is a service that I offer: proofreading your business or other documents to make sure they are the same as the scanned original document.

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Capital Letters Matter

Capital Letters

Today’s post focuses on Capital Letters. In written English there are several rules controlling the use of capital letters. These include the following:

  • the first letter of a sentence is always capitalised

For example: Locals say that the fort was built by Portuguese soldiers.

  • names of people, countries, nationalities, places, organisations, days, months, titles of address always start with capital letters

For example:

In Dhofar, the southernmost region of the Sultanate of Oman, monsoon rains generally fall from late June until the end of August.

In 1963 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a dream speech”.

  • the personal pronoun, I, is always capitalised

For example: Yung Yung and I discussed the timing of the OCF meeting.

  • titles of books, songs, movies have the content words capitalised

For example: Khan is King

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A Tale of Two Cities

How Great Thou Art

  • abbreviations

For example: OECD, UNTSO, NGO

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Can I get a third party to proofread my university thesis?

Students are sometimes hesitant to employ a proofreader to check their thesis or dissertation. I have looked through the policies of universities in New Zealand, and have discovered that the universities themselves expect, and even encourage, students to get people other than themselves to proofread their work. However, each university has a slightly different policy about third party proofreaders, and what they can and can’t do.

The universities whose policies I examined are: University of Waikato, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington, and University of Otago.

For details of their policies refer to the following webpage on this site: Policies on Proofreading Theses.

Note well that when proofreading your work I will make sure I meet the requirements of your university or institution, whether it is in New Zealand or anywhere else. See home page for details: Professional Document Editing.

How to edit your paper

Here are some useful tips on how to edit your own assignment, report or paper:

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/essaywriting/a/How-To-Edit-Your-Paper.htm

If you still need help after this, do get in touch with me:

 

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Editing, Proofreading Business Documents, Manuals

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How to edit your own paper or essay

Want to edit your own essay?

Not sure where to begin?

Here is an excellent article to point you in the right direction:

http://homeworktips.about.com/od/essaywriting/a/How-To-Edit-Your-Paper.htm

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