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'Manoeuvre' Is Simply A Difficult Word To Spell

Not many words in English use the vowel sequence ‘oeu’, which goes a long way to explaining why the word manoeuvre is tricky to get right. This is definitely case where a spell checker is your friend.


You Aren't Fazed, And You Certainly Aren't Phased

To faze is “to disturb; discomfit; daunt”, according to the Macquarie Dictionary. It’s often used in expressions such as “I’m not fazed” to express a “no worries” attitude. That’s fine, but don’t write it as “I’m not phased”. That conveys a “no brains” attitude.


Lingua.ly For Android Teaches You New Foreign Language Vocabulary

Android: Previously, we’ve featured Chrome extension Lingua.ly that allows you to learn new words in a foreign language. Lingua.ly’s new Android app not only provides a similar service, but allows you to build your own personal vocabulary collection.


You're An April Fool If You Use The Apostrophe Incorrectly

Did you think Mind Your Language would let April Fools’ Day arrive without reminding you about how to punctuate it? More fool you.


WordLookup Finds Dictionary Definitions Just About Anywhere In Android

Android: Looking up a word in Android is relatively easy with Google Search so well integrated. WordLookup makes it even easier by allowing you to find a dictionary definition without leaving your current app.


Your Role Is To Use 'Enrol' Correctly

So here’s the thing: enroll is not a word that exists in Australian English. The correct form is enrol. The Americans might do it differently, but down under, that’s how we roll.


Keep Your Eye On The Ophthalmologist

You shouldn’t have to visit an ophthalmologist too often. So perhaps we can excuse you when you spell the word incorrectly.


How To Fake An Irish Accent To Score Free Beer And Kisses On St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the few days of the year where you get to indulge in drunken debauchery with like-minded strangers — especially if you’re Irish. In the following video, Gizmodo editor Luke Hopewell explains how to perfect your Irish brogue to maximise the messy mayhem. Apparently, it’s all in the spelling…


Learn To Speak A New Language Fluently In Six Months

Get on the fast track to accomplishing one of your bucket list items — learning another language. Chris Lonsdale’s TEDx talk offers five principles and seven actions that will help anyone learn to speak a new language fluently within just six months.


Lo And Behold, Martha Stewart Got It Wrong

Lo and behold. The Macquarie Dictionary defines this “an exclamation used to indicate that the circumstance about to be revealed or described is surprising”. But if you make a spelling error and use low instead of lo, you lose the impact.