Getting it write!

Written English seems to be as easy to get wrong as it is to get right. When you’re stuck, everyone seems to have a different ‘opinion’. How do you find out what’s actually right? Simple – ask an expert!

One of the great joys of the English language is the way in which twists of grammar can create humour – either on purpose or inadvertently. Here are some of our favourites – which play on words for the sheer fun of it.

Some spelling or grammatical errors have no wiggle-room – they’re just plain wrong, yet that doesn’t stop them from creeping into our everyday language. It usually doesn’t take much effort, though, to work out which is right and which is wrong.

These may sound the same, but alter just one letter (or more) and they have a different meaning. It’s no wonder that we see so many of these used incorrectly – even within mainstream media and print.

When language changes (as it so often does), a single word can become the source of great debate – with various spellings emerging. How do you work out which is the right one to use – and is there a ‘right one’?