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It is well known that when artwork is sent to a printer there can be mistakes that have been missed by the customer.
If there are any facts or figures in your text be sure to double check them – all information needs to be correct. Use the spell checker firstly to remove any errors but remember this will not pick out words that are grammatically incorrect. The eye falls on a word you've never seen before or one whose meaning you have always wanted to check, and you close the dictionary just a little bit richer for the experience.
To check if you are correct with your spelling you can use the spell check on Microsoft words and choose which variety of English you would like. To print the lesson on learning the differences between British and American English words. You may feel silly doing this, but there is something about reading out loud that means you read the words properly. If I stretch out my right arm as I type, I can pluck from my shelves the two volumes of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.
They are as close to my heart as they are to my desk because they are so much more than a useful tool. The sixth edition has just been published and - I feel a small shudder as I write these words - it has fallen victim to fashion. You can click on the printer icon just below and to the right of the contact us menu button at the top of the page or copy and paste the part of the exercise you want onto a word document and then print onto some paper. Leafing through a good dictionary in search of a single word is a small voyage of discovery - infinitely more satisfying than looking something up on the internet.
It's partly the physical sensation - the feel and smell of good paper - and partly the minor triumph of finding the word you seek, but it's rare to open a dictionary without being diverted somewhere else.

So in future we are required to spell pigeon-hole, for instance, as pigeonhole and leap-frog as leapfrog. Indeed, you may well have functioned perfectly well until now spelling leapfrog without a hyphen. It has happened because we are changing the way we communicate with each other, which means, says the OED editor Angus Stevenson, that we no longer have time to reach for the hyphen key. Are our lives really so pressured, every minute occupied in so many vital tasks, every second accounted for, that we cannot afford the millisecond (no hyphen) it takes to tap that key? It is the relentless onward march of the texters, the SMS (Short Message Service) vandals who are doing to our language what Genghis Khan did to his neighbours eight hundred years ago.
Need me to sharpen your quill pen for you?" You know the sort of thing; those of us who have survived for years without a mobile phone have to put up with it all the time. My old friend Amanda Platell, who graces these pages on Saturdays, has an answerphone message that says the caller may leave a message but she'd prefer a text. There are fewer letters in that hideous word and think how much time I could have saved typing it.) The texters also have economy on their side. My own outgoing message asks callers to be very brief - ideally just name and number - but that doesn't stop some callers burbling on for ten minutes and always, always ending by saying: "Ooh - sorry I went on so long!" But can that be any more irritating than those absurd little smiley faces with which texters litter their messages?
It started with the smiley face and the gloomy face and now there are 16 pages of them in the texters' A-Z.
It has now reached the stage where my computer will not allow me to type the colon, dash and bracket without automatically turning it into a picture of a smiling face. It is interesting, in a masochistic sort of way, to look at how text language has changed over the years. But as it has developed its users have sought out increasingly obscure ways of expressing themselves which, when you think about it, entirely defeats the purpose.

If the recipient of the message has to spend ten minutes trying to translate it, those precious minutes are being wasted. With my vast knowledge of text language I had assumed LOL meant 'lots of love', but now I discover it means 'laugh out loud'. Let me anticipate the reaction to this modest little rant against the text revolution and the OED for being influenced by it.
It is constantly evolving and anyone who tries to get in the way is a fuddy-duddy who deserves to be run down. One of the joys of the English language and one of the reasons it has been so successful in spreading across the globe is that it is infinitely adaptable. Our written language may end up as a series of ridiculous emoticons and everchanging abbreviations. E-mailing has seen to that and I must confess that I would find it difficult to live without it.
I resent the fact that I spend so much of my working day (and, even more regrettably, weekends) checking for e-mails - most of which are junk. I tried to construct proper, grammatical sentences and used punctuation that would have brought a smile to the lips of that guardian of our language, Lynne Truss. Now I find myself slipping into sloppy habits, abandoning capital letters and using rows of dots. But at least I have not succumbed to 'text-speak' and I wish the OED had not hoisted the white flag either.

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