Last night's World News Tonight had a segment celebrating National Dictionary Day (it was yesterday; betcha didn't know, didja?). Robert Krulwich hosted an animated piece which showed a couple disagreeing about the proper spelling of the term for that membrane stretched across your larynx. Is it vocal "cord" or "chord?" According to the dictionary editor he spoke with, people split 51-49 percent as to the correct spelling, so either is acceptable. He did the same thing with free "rein" or "reign" and got the same result: an even split, so either is okay, sayeth the editor.
Oh, great. So because I keep seeing "publically" rather than "publicly" eventually either is going to be acceptable?
No, no, a thousand times no!
It's "publicly." I don't know how that extra "al" got in there, but it's wrong, wrong, wrong!Posted by Linkmeister at October 17, 2007 02:11 PM | TrackBack