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Is It Accomdate or Acomidate or Accommodate?

One of the reference books I loved in the past was a misspeller’s dictionary. It wasn’t very big – usually referred to as ‘pocket-sized’. Most versions had some basic spelling rules at the beginning, followed by thousands of misspelled words and homonyms – words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings – entered by their most common misspellings.

I used them myself and gave them as graduation gifts to new high school graduates.

With the advent of word processors with autocorrect, there has evidently been less of a market for this as a print book. When I did a search on Amazon, the most recent copyright date I could find was 1997. However, there were a lot of new and used copies available through third party vendors.

Recently, I found an online resource that is similar to these misspelling dictionaries called Dumbtionary.com full of misspelled words, names, and places.

Dumbtionary.com has 13 misspellings of accommodate, obviously a frequently misspelled word. From any of the misspellings, you go to a page with a brief description and links to additional helpful sites.

The word listed above (accommodate) is probably the correct spelling for the word that you entered (accomdate). This is just an educated guess based on commonly misspelled words. To double check that this is the correct word, you can use the resources below to find the definition of accommodate, antonyms for accommodate, synonyms for accommodate, quotes relating to accommodate and other information about accommodate.

There are links to dictionary websites, a thesaurus, encyclopedia websites, and web searches that take you directly to accommodate on those sites.

With words like their, there, and they’re or waste and waist the dictionary definitions generally include a section called Can be confused that shows the alternate spellings with links to their definitions.

Part of our credibility is based on the accuracy of our writing – correctly spelling and using words. Since correct spelling and grammar aren’t imbedded into our DNA, it is great to have a variety of resources available – both in print and online.

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Why Edit an Article or Book?

Editing and proofreading are two terms that are frequently used interchangeably. Both have to do with assuring clarity of expression and removing distractions from the written word. Yet they truly are different tasks. Proofreading basically looks at the mechanics of your writing – the nagging distractions that jump out at some readers and just leave… Continue Reading

Writing your sloppy draft

One of the hardest things to do once you start writing is to stop writing. My solution to this is to encourage my clients to start with a sloppy draft. What is a sloppy draft, you might ask? It’s that first (or second, or third) draft you start with after giving some thought to the… Continue Reading

Edit or Proofread First?

You got your crummy first draft completed. You resisted temptation and left it alone for a few days so the words had a chance to drift to the back of your mind. You’re ready to pick up that stack of papers or open the folder(s) on your computer. What do you do first? A major… Continue Reading

Write For Your Audience

So far there has been a lot of advice about planning and promoting your book. It’s time to start scribbling that first crummy draft. And, yet again, I am going to ask you to think back to the makeup of your audience. This will impact on how you write and what you include, especially if… Continue Reading

Laying out your signature system

Last week we talked about a couple of entry level products that you can create to start leveraging your income. A single downloadable audio file with or without a downloadable pdf file with some notes and simple exercise. This can be up leveled by adding a physical product mailed to the customer. Materials based on… Continue Reading

First steps in creating an info product

You’ve maxed out your income based on one-on-one work with clients. There are things you want to do, with your business and your personal life that your current income won’t support. You’re ready to add another source of income to your business. Where to start? Typically your first product will be a low cost item… Continue Reading

Do you have a plan?

I’ve been listening to Christine Kloser’s Transformational Author Experience over the past couple of weeks. The calls have ranged from mindset to actual writing to preparing the book proposal to having buyers ready to buy the book before you write it. They strongly recommend developing a thorough plan whether your intent is to send it… Continue Reading