Stretchable Words and the Dynamics of Mistypings and Misspellings

Loooooooooooooooook, if you like, at this study that explores stretchable words: “Hahahahaha, Duuuuude, Yeeessss!: A Two-Parameter Characterization of Stretchable Words and the Dynamics of Mistypings and Misspellings,” Tyler J. Gray, Christopher M. Danforth, and Peter Sheridan Dodds, PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 5, 2020, e0232938. This graphic from the study perhaps makes clear the main […]

Misplace apostrophes – miss out on med school?

The perennially thorny issue of apostrophe misuse has been correlated with lack-of-success at medical school. Researchers Dr Michael Cop and Dr Hunter Hatfield of the University of Otago, New Zealand, decided to test whether undergraduate medical students’ abilities in handling apostrophes might be linked to their (future) career prospects : “We therefore examined the placement […]