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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What is the meaning of WTS I've noticed appearing on online noticeboards where people buy and sell items.

I find the use of acronyms can be confusing to newcomers to a service. The advantage of the acronyms however is they can be placed at the start of the subject for a post and then people can quickly decide whether or not they are interested in reading the post. The common acronyms I've identified are:
WTS - Want to Sell
FS - For Sale
WTB - Want to Buy
WTH - Want to Hire
Hopefully this will make things clearer for people using the online sites. 

Kelvin Eldridge
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Crossword dictionary. Would anyone be interested if I developed a web app to help solve crosswords?

I like to write fairly simple calculators and make them available online for others to use. If you visit you'll see that I've been quite busy writing calculators to do a variety of tasks. In essence, I use these dictionaries myself, so for me they serve a purpose and if others use them too, that's great also.

I envisage the crossword dictionary solver would enable you to enter the number of letters and then enter the letters you already know. If the list of matching words is under a certain number then the list will display.

Before putting too much time into developing a crossword dictionary solver using the preferred Australian English spelling, I thought i'd ask you my readers. Let me know if it would help you by leaving a short comment against this blog post. Thank you in advance for your feedback.  

Kelvin Eldridge 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Is it curb or kerb?

Now here's an interesting headline that had me wondering what the heck it was trying to say.

The word 'curb' in the headline is an incorrect spelling of the word in a UK publication. The headline should read, 'Prez Obama kicks contractor to the kerb for web disaster'.

This news item appeared in The Register site which is a UK site. I couldn't help wonder how come this particular spelling error appeared, when other words such as 'programme' were correct for the UK. (Program is the preferred Australian English spelling.) That made me wonder where the author was located. It turns out the author is based in the States. For the States this is the correct spelling.

The words 'curb' and 'kerb' to me fascinating in that both spelling variations are correct in Australia and America, but we use the opposite spelling in Australia as they do in America.

Perhaps this is also a lesson for Australian organisations and individuals wishing to outsource their written work to people overseas. There are many differences in the English language that have developed over time in different regions. Some differences are very obvious, but some can be quite subtle.

Kelvin Eldridge
Assisting Australians with the preferred Australian English spelling.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Are you using the preferred Australian English spelling?

I recently received an email which prompted me to write a quiz where people could check ten words to see if they're using the preferred Australian English spelling. You can find the quiz at

What I find interesting when people try the quiz is their expression when they feel rather proud they have all the words spelt correctly to find out they only have six or seven spelt according to the preferred Australian English spelling.

Give the quiz a go and check if you're using the preferred Australian English spelling. Thank you Alex for contacting me and sharing your thoughts.

Kelvin Eldridge