Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

Try Using Spellcheck for a Spell Now and Then

Date: 25 March 2019
Category: Entertainment, History, Homophones, Spelling

While spellcheck is certainly not perfect–think of all the homophones on this blog that have different spellings for the same sounding word, e.g., their, there, they’re–anyone serious about proper writing and grammar should at least use it as a starting point, especially with a word that’s “Greek” to them.

That advice goes for ad agencies as well. Let me amplify my point: this past weekend one of the features highlighted in a local newspaper advertisement for an active adult development was the community’s ampitheater (sic).

While an alternate spelling for amphitheater may be the English variation–amphitheatre–and while such an open-air venue may indeed have an orchestra pit, spellcheck wouldn’t have let this incorrectly spelled word get past the copywriter or the editor.

By the way, ever wonder how the Greek and Roman actors held their audiences spellbound and were able to present their lines so clearly–even to those sitting in the top tier–without requiring amp(ere)s?

Georgia Tech researchers discovered the secret behind the precise acoustics of ancient amphitheaters: it wasn’t the slope, nor was it the wind — rather, it was the limestone seats at Epidaurus in Greece, which happened to form an efficient acoustics filter. Epidaurus is considered to be the most perfect ancient Greek theatre with regard to acoustics and aesthetics. This filter hushes low-frequency background noises, e.g., the murmur of a crowd, while reflecting the high-frequency noises of the performers on stage off the seats and toward the audience.

Sounds loud and clear to me.

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