Talk:Commonly misspelled English words
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- 1 Talk
- 2 Created
- 3 Use for redirecting misspellings
- 4 Google indexes redirections as duplicate webpages
- 5 Keep or Delete?
- 6 Keep
- 7 Untagging for Wiktionary dict
- 8 Image copyright problem with File:All Star Squadon 66.jpg
- 9 Proofreading needed
- 10 Unusual spelling.
- 11 Frequency counts of misspelled words
- 12 Merger proposal
- 13 Consider adding
- 14 Affect vs Effect
- 15 Requested move
- 16 Strange misspellings
- 17 Mass missplelling "Conciousness" should be "consciousness" about 30 times in WP unless a direct quote
- 18 Wether
- 19 Collectible &Collectable
This is the talk-page for article: Commonly misspelled words.
The article "Commonly misspelled words" was created by long-term user Wikid77 on 23-Dec-2008, to present a short, documented list of commonly misspelled words in English, rather than amass a gigantic list of non-notable, might-be-misspelled guesses. If the words were to be expanded and listed in the thousands, then the notability of the data would become questionable, as bordering on being an indiscriminate collection of massive data. -Wikid77 (talk) 17:11, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Use for redirecting misspellings
23-Dec-2008: The article can be used as a redirection catch-all for some of the misspelled words. In December 2008, many misspelled titles were redirected to specific articles, as though those misspellings were somehow acceptable variants of encyclopedic titles, such as "Germeny" being redirected to "Germany". It would be preferable to have a redirection-dialog (as is done by Merriam-Webster Online), to properly redirect misspelled words, such as:
- "Germeny" - allow choice: "Germs" or "Germiness" or "Germany" etc.
If a reader requests "Readible" then redirecting to this article (about misspelling "readable") would be a logical interim action, until a redirection-dialog can be created to better decode "readible" as a requested topic.
Google indexes redirections as duplicate webpages
23-Dec-2008: In 2008, Google continued to index each Wikipedia redirected title as a duplicate webpage: "Germeny" could become an entire article in Google cache. Then, if other terms were redirected as Germny, Germanie, Gernamy, Germenie, then all those could also become duplicate whole-page copies indexed by Google. It is better to redirect them, all, to a small article about misspelt words, rather than repeat the huge Germany article for each spelling.
Hopefully, Google could make some Google-indexing fixes to stop these duplications for Wikipedia, but it is a complicated subject, due to how Google elevates pagerank for webpage title words in URLs (such as "Germeny"). Plus, we shouldn't talk about how Google ranks pages, because it is their secret to stop spammers from eclipsing Wikipedia pages with hundreds of adware-pages. (Rogue ad-pages could make a Wikipedia page list as 300th in search-results.)
Anyway, Google indexes Wikipedia's 2.7 million articles as over 3.7 million Google pages. I'm thinking, that the duplicate-page problem could become a massive nightmare as Wikipedia is expanded into a mature, real-world compendium. Anyway, if misspelled words must be re-directed, then I suggest to point them to small generic articles (such as "Other names for Germany"), rather than large article pages. -Wikid77 (talk) 17:11, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Keep or Delete?
I am improving the quality of a large program's source code by fixing grammar and spelling errors there. I find the list useful as a hint about what to search for. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 03:44, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
Untagging for Wiktionary dict
04-Jan-2008: I have untagged the article for automatic transfer into Wiktionary, because the scope is far too large to be considered a dictionary/definition concern. In recent days, other editors have expanded the article to include common causes of the misspelled words, so the scope of the article is too encyclopedic (too all-encompassing) to be treated as a dictionary term that includes only a simple origin of the phrase. Dictionaries include how a term is used, but not an extensive analysis of why a term exists. -Wikid77 (talk) 08:59, 4 January 2009 (UTC)
Image copyright problem with File:All Star Squadon 66.jpg
The image File:All Star Squadon 66.jpg is used in this article under a claim of fair use, but it does not have an adequate explanation for why it meets the requirements for such images when used here. In particular, for each page the image is used on, it must have an explanation linking to that page which explains why it needs to be used on that page. Please check
- That there is a non-free use rationale on the image's description page for the use in this article.
- That this article is linked to from the image description page.
- What does this have to do with this article on common misspellings? 220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:52, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
February is misspelled several ways (Febuary; Feburary; Febraury; etc.)
A new misspelling is Fabruary for which there were 22 matches.
Frequency counts of misspelled words
It would be useful to have a list of words used by wiki sorted by frequency with low counts first. Low frequency words are more likely to be misspellings compared to high frequency words. Consider these variations of the word president:
- presdet - 0
- presidet - 0
- prosident - 1
- prusident - 1
- pesident - 1
- presient - 1
- presedint - 1
- presidnet - 3
- presdent - 5
- prsident - 8
- persident - 8
- Präsident - 163 - German language for president
- president - 257,257
- prasident - need to check
- there may be other variations which have yet to be found.
- the frequency counts include redirects, and archived pages, which do not need to be corrected.
The project page Wikipedia:Lists of common misspellings appears to do much the same as this present article. It seems to me it might be more useful to merge these two pages together. I have not posted a formal merge proposal at either page.
I am posting a note on both talk pages, requesting discussion at Wikipedia talk:Lists of common misspellings#Merge proposal - not here - as apparently being the more active of the two. (I've also posted a mini-essay on sources for spelling generally, which I hope may be useful, immediately above that Merge proposal section. Comments and discussion there will be welcomed.) Milkunderwood (talk) 10:27, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
- the — teh
- definition — defenition
- persistent — persistant
- dependent — dependant
- already — allready
- appropriate — apropriate
- relative — reletive
- approximate — aproximate
- choose — chose
- necessary — necesary
- unnecessary — unecessary
- redundant — redunant
- targeting — targetting
- a — an (ie., an user)
- n — a (ie., a urgent call) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:59, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
Affect vs Effect
This would be the wrong choice, not an incorrect spelling - as both words exist, have related meanings and are derivatives but many people confuse them. Evlekis (Евлекис) (argue) 23:09, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
- These are in fact misspellings:
- Effect refers to the experience of feeling or emotion
- Affect is a result or change of something
- Tucapl (talk) 22:24, 29 July 2013 (UTC)
- Sometimes words are misspelled so strangely that one would never guess. These misspellings are often one-off typographical errors, for example: "sucseessor" for "successor".
Mass missplelling "Conciousness" should be "consciousness" about 30 times in WP unless a direct quote
Both are correct ... http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/collectable Happy sage (talk) 09:06, 19 August 2016 (UTC)