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post Fri 23rd December 2011, 9:38pm
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<img alt="" height="1" width="1" />[b]Wikipedia test showes Americans' ubility too spel is detereeorating[/b]
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By Kevin Fogarty Add a new comment December 23, 2011, 4:31 PM — A pretty well executed content-mining analysis of Wikipedia adds some decent evidence that the ability to spell common words correctly is deteriorating even among the best-educated, ...



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post Fri 23rd December 2011, 11:44pm
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What this study really did was demonstrate that Wikipedians have gotten dumber over time. Which is no surprise; after all, they've chased off all the intelligent editors. It says nothing about whether the general population is getting more orthographically challenged.
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post Sat 24th December 2011, 3:33am
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Was there actually a point in that long ramble of an article? There was practically nothing about Wikipedia actually in it.
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post Sat 24th December 2011, 6:53am
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Sounds like there was a substantial amount of tongue in cheek in the write up:
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The spell check itself was a problem because even Americans and Canadians, who speak almost the same language, spell some things very differently. Americans and the British, whose languages aren't even remotely similar, also have huge differences in the way they spell or pronounce words. "Schedule," for example is spelled the same way in both the U.S. and U.K, but is pronounced "sk-ed-yoool" in the United States and "schrrrruruuuullllll" in England. No one is certain what the British intend to communicate using that sound, but they put great importance by it, so it's almost certain to be offensive.
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post Sat 24th December 2011, 7:07am
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The more serious discussion is found here.
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