Don't Waive Your Right To Accurate Spelling

If you ask nicely, you might be able to get the over-the-top roaming fees for your mobile waived (set aside or deferred). However, you can't get them waved. Don't miss out on the 'i' and thereby show your ignorance.

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This error pops up a little too often in news reporting and other professional contexts, such as this example from Windsorite.ca:

The Downtown Residents' Association, which operates the market, is also requesting that all permit fees be waved for the 2014 season.

English is full of identically-pronounced words that are spelled differently and have different meanings (the most accurate technical term for these is heterographs). You simply have to learn them. Accuracy matters.

Lifehacker's Mind Your Language column offers bossy advice on improving your writing.


Comments

    Don’t miss out on the ‘i’ and thereby show your ignorance.or you risk someone else's arrogance apparently..!

    Last week I saw a job listing for a "fast pasted environment".

    Apparently it's not the first time: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=fast+pasted+environment

      Quick, ctrl+v! ctrl+veeeee!!

        I don't think any of those people would remember a keyboard shortcut if their lives depended on it,

    This article has peaked my interest. I'm glad I'm not a looser who can't spell!

      I nearly dyed when I red this comment. Yore destroying hour language.

        Don't worry I'm sure Adam will correct it for him soon...! :)

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