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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Is it thank you or thankyou?

It is very easy to be polite and say thank you. However, when you write thank you there’s a choice.

The choice is thank you as two words, or thankyou as one word.

The preferred Australian spelling is to spell thank you as two words.

Kelvin Eldridge

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Google Docs spellchecking doesn't pick up obvious spelling errors.

I was going through my documents on Google Drive and deleting old documents that I no longer have any use for. One document stood out. I'd named the document Poor spelling in Google Docs. I opened the document, not really having remembered creating the document. The document had one sentence.

I wondered if I retyped the incorrect words, if Google Docs would now mark the words as spelt incorrectly. I typed the following.

thiz iz dokument befor kant spel wright

All of the words weren't picked up by Google Docs as spelling errors. I used Safari with my own Australian dictionary to perform a spellcheck, when the words were entered into a form and all words were marked as spelling errors. I copied the words into Microsoft Word 2016 and all the words except wright, were marked as spelling errors. The word wright is an archaic word meaning builder. As an archaic word wright isn't a word I'd include in my spellcheck dictionary and would thus be marked as a spelling error.

In all honesty I have no idea why the words are not being marked as spelling errors in Google Docs. I was thinking perhaps it's time I start using Google Docs for my basic document needs, but now I don't think I will. If those words are being picked up as spelling errors, then it makes me wonder what other words aren't being picked up as being incorrectly spelt.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Spellcheck versus spell check page explains the correct spelling.

Today I decided to create a site ( to letting Australians know the correct spelling is spellcheck, a single word, not spell check, as two words, or spell-check, with a hyphen.

Spellcheck with a hyphen is the American spelling. Spellcheck as two words isn't a correct spelling.

I've provided more information on the page Yes the hyphen is deliberate for two reasons. First it is hoped this will be picked up more easily by Google as two words. The second is the domain with spellcheck as a single word was already registered. It's important to remember the hyphenated spelling spell-check, which is used in the domain name, is not the Australian spelling.

Feel free to spread the word.

Kelvin Eldridge