Check out D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y – which is quite a neat idea and maybe every word (letter and/or number) should have its own website – or maybe a blog to express its personality.  

Of course, there is a slight problem here, if you could spell, you wouldn’t need the site to tell you how to spell definitely.  So the real trick might be to have URLs for all the other possible spellings – and then educate people. 

Also this is just a lecture, where it could be more dynamic with some tips on remembering the correct spelling.  Could be an interesting experiment for another common mis-spellings, or perhaps for a punctuation mark?

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

2 thoughts on “D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y MAYBE?”

  1. Sheila – that is so easy that I never know why people get confused. I hate abuses of apostrophes in general and this is one I beat into my students.

    I remember that the possessive is the same as his and her where you wouldn’t put an apostrophe. So the dog’s bone = its bone (his bone/her bone)

    That means you only use it’s when abbreviating it is – it is the dog’s bone = it’s the dog’s bone.

    In academic writing, best practice is to write it is – so then it’s a no-brainer!!

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