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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Jakob Nielsen, "The Paradox of the Active User"



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/15/2018

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  04:00 PM

Question posted internally today: how come the spelling checker in Word 2007 allows both measureable and measurable? Dictionaries prefer the spelling without -e-, and the rules (as I read them) in our own style guide say to drop the interstitial e. That most democractic of aribters, Google, favors measurable by a whopping 50:1.

In Word 2003, incidentally, measureable is considered an error:



Someone from the proofing tools team responded to this query (thus the advantages of being able to post these questions) and said that the linguists who make these kinds of judgements might have decided that it was an acceptable variant. He made the interesting observation that they get a lot of requests to be more "Google-like" and favor common usage over authorities. Or, he said, they might have goofed up (with further notes about algorithmic possibilities).

Either way, he did note that if that no-good, slacker spelling checker is letting stuff thru that you don't approve of, you can add words to an exclude list (a blacklist, I guess). Instructions here.


PS. I'm just dying to know if you found the stray -e- in this post. :-)

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