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If you write reports or assignments. If you're applying for a new job. The preferred Australian English spelling for Microsoft Office may give you the edge you need. Even though a horse race covers a large distance, often the difference between first and second place is by a nose. It only takes a small difference to be a winner.

Word Check
Now with spelling suggestions and a link to definitions

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dictionary Australian - The preferred Australian English spelling for Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Mac OSX.

Dictionary Australian - Give that people search for dictionary Australian in Google I felt I should at least make it easy for those people to find the preferred Australian spelling files for Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Mac OSX.

If spelling matters to you then please take a little time to review and see how my work can assist your written work. My work is a result of the past 11 years of producing dictionary files and as a result I've uncovered many issues in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and Mac OSX which is reducing the quality of your written work. Often you'll think something is a little strange but then think your software knows best. It often doesn't and as such is creating bad spelling habits you should be aware of.

Once you become aware you'll never look back.

Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, August 4, 2014

Spell check is an incorrect spelling and here's why it happens.

The spelling of the word spell check in Australia is spellcheck and in American it is spell-check. That is, one word in Australia and hyphenated in America.

Why then do so many people insert a space between the words spell and check?

The reason is very simple. The word spellcheck is not included in the dictionary which comes with the software. When people type the word spellcheck the spellchecker tries to find suitable suggestions and since the words spell and check are both valid, a suggestion that is made is spell check with a space between the two words.

People across the world now believe the spelling is spell check, but in fact their word processor has misled them and they are now making a spelling error.

The preferred Australian English spelling files I provide corrects this and thousands of other spelling issues that occur when using Microsoft Office products. The same issues occur with other software, but least I can provide spelling files which correct the issues.

Kelvin Eldridge

Thursday, July 31, 2014 article - The 16 foods people spell wrong all the time

I thought this was an interesting article which appeared online today. How many of the food related words do you struggle with. I have to admit it took a trip to English before I finally realised the correct way to say Worcestershire. So obvious once your realise.

Here are 17 words people spell wrong all the time. Please, for the love of all things culinary, correct the error of your ways if you find a word here that you spell more

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If the apostrophe gives you problems as it does many, this page on the Macquarie site may be quite useful.

You would think the apostrophe being such a simple character would be easy to use. As it turns out, it isn't and there's quite some effort required to use it properly. Look around you and most days you'll be able to see the apostrophe being used incorrectly.

On the Macquarie dictionary site I found the following guide to punctuation and felt this was a worthwhile resource to share with others.

Word Check which can be found on the Australian Dictionary site I maintain, can be quite useful as many possessives and contractions are included, but quite a few of the subtle uses of the apostrophe are not be found in a dictionary.

Keep in mind you need to not only consider the correct usage, but also convention. For example in Melbourne we have a bridge which crosses the Yarra in the city. I've always pronounced the name of the bridge as Princess Bridge. I find when I ask people in Melbourne most people pronounce the name of the bridge the same way. The actual name is Princes Bridge. To me that made no sense. It was only recently that I found out that by convention the apostrophe is not included. Logically it should be Prince's Bridge, but by convention it is Princes Bridge.

We also have a major highway being the Princes Highway. Next time someone mentioned the name listen carefully. Chances are those around you will be calling it Princess Highway as well. Now you know, you may wish to let them in on the secret.

Kelvin Eldridge

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Australian Dictionary - The preferred Australian English spellcheck dictionary files for MS Office, Internet Explorer and OSX.

Most Australians aren't aware the Australian dictionary used in the leading software applications do not provide the preferred Australian English spelling. The software applications in fact contain multiple spelling variations, which can lead to documents containing the one word spelt differently in the same document and the writer wouldn't necessarily know.

There are  in fact over 2,400 secondary spelling variations contained in Microsoft Office, including words such as organise/organize, focused/focussed and mum/mom. There are also words which are spelt incorrectly such as snorkeler, and the correct spelling snorkeller needs to be added to the dictionary.

The preferred Australian English spelling files correct this shortcoming of MS Office on both Windows and Macs, in Internet Explorer 10/11, and in development is a native dictionary for OSX which works with Outlook 2011 and native applications on the Mac.

For some the preferred Australian English spelling simplifies the language and for others produces documents with less errors. If spelling is an important part of your life or business, consider checking out my work at

Kelvin Eldridge
Creator of the preferred Australian English spelling dictionary.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Word Check is now available on a 12 months subscription.

Until now Word Check has only been available to clients and those purchasing my preferred Australian English spelling files. I've now decided to provide Word Check as a 12 months subscription for $4.95.

Word Check is a great way to check if you're using the preferred Australian English spelling for a word. Word Check provides suggestions should you spell a word incorrectly.

In addition I've provided convenience links so you can check the meaning of Words using both the Oxford and Wiktionary. Whilst you can go direct to these sites, only Word Check assures you that you are using the preferred Australian English spelling. Wiktionary is a good resource but there are quite a few errors that I and others have noticed and it can also be quite difficult to determine the Australian spelling as Australian spelling is generally not considered. With the Oxford site you may also have to retype the word. The Oxford site is not good at handling variations such as plurals and capitals, but if you retype a word the site does. With the Oxford dictionary site it can also be difficult to determine the preferred Australian spelling as Australian spelling is rarely considered.

When you purchase the 12 months subscription the current password is provided. I update a password a number of times a year and the new password will be provided during the subscription. The new password should be entered as soon as your receive it. The old password will be phased out in time.

The amount of $4.95 may be seen by many as a small contribution to assist me with my work, but it really is appreciated. Do keep in mind if you purchase one of the dictionary files you receive the Word Check password for free for the next twelve months as well in the purchase price.

Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, June 16, 2014

Google Chrome Australian dictionary and why my work is no longer open source.

When I first started the dictionary work in 2003, I created the first dictionary in my own time to help a client. The client didn't pay anything for the work as it was my choice to do it and not something the client requested, even though I felt they needed it and would use it for years to come. I then made the dictionary work available as open source as I had a belief that when you help others, others help you.

The real lesson I learnt is a mechanism has to be put into place so people give back and unfortunately the best mechanism I've found so far, is to make my work commercial and to charge a nominal amount for my work.

Here is what happens if you don't put a mechanism in place. Many projects come along, take the work in incorporate it into their project without a second thought, never giving anything back. Businesses do the same and the individuals who use the work, generally for free, never give it a second thought as well.

One of my early attempts to get something in return was to ask for a link back to my site. Links have value and cost nothing to implement but a little time. That didn't work. Here is a copy from my readme file on the Google Chromium project site. As you can see Google Chrome uses my older work (as does Firefox and many other projects) and I see no traffic in my logs from links, thus I can only assume no links were ever put into place.

In the end I decided it was not possible to simply keep giving to others and not to receive anything in return. So if you ever wondered what happened to my open source work hopefully that might help explain things a little.

Kelvin Eldridge
Australian Dictionary