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Thu May 9, 2019, 07:50 PM

Getting the Spelling Right on 46 Million Bank Notes? It's a Big Responsibilty

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/world/australia/australia-50-dollar-bill.html

Getting the Spelling Right on 46 Million Bank Notes? It’s a Big Responsibilty
By Niraj Chokshi
May 9, 2019


Australia’s new $50 bill contains a tiny typo: The last “i” in the word “responsibility” is missing. Dylan Coker/EPA, via Shutterstock

It is our duty, our responsibility, to bring you this news: Australia put 46 million new dollar bills into circulation in October and months passed before anyone seemed to have noticed that the currency contained an unfortunate spelling error.

The admittedly tiny mistake, on the new $50 note, came to light this week, according to local reports, after someone spotted the typo and anonymously alerted a radio station to the problem: The last “i” in the word “responsibility” was missing.

The Reserve Bank of Australia told local publications that it would fix the mistake, but leave the millions of notes bearing the misspelled word in circulation.

“The error is being corrected as part of a normal print run so there is no additional cost,” the bank said in a statement provided to Nine.com.au, an Australian news website. “We are not withdrawing or recalling bank notes with the spelling error.”

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dalton99a May 9 OP
FakeNoose May 9 #1
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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Thu May 9, 2019, 07:57 PM

1. How about "emphasise"?

That looks incorrect also, but it may be a British alternate.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #1)

Thu May 9, 2019, 08:29 PM

2. SPELLING: Emphasise vs emphasize

Emphasise means to stress the importance of something, to define a portion of an idea or narrative as having greater value than other portions of the idea or narrative. Emphasise may also mean to accentuate a certain portion. Emphasise is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Emphasise is the British spelling, related forms are emphasises, emphasised and emphasising. Emphasis is the noun form.

Emphasize is the preferred American spelling. Related words are emphasizes, emphasized and emphasizing. Emphasis is the noun form. The American spelling is gaining acceptance around the world. Emphasise and emphasize are examples of a group of words that are spelled with a “z” in American English and with an “s” in British English. Emphasize is borrowed from the Latin an emphasis, meaning appearance, show.

https://grammarist.com/spelling/emphasise-vs-emphasize/

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #1)

Fri May 10, 2019, 06:16 AM

3. And in British English, that ought to be "alternative", not "alternate"

In both British and American English the adjective alternate means ‘every other or every second’, as in:

They meet on alternate Sundays.

or ‘(of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern’, as in:

Alternate layers of potato and sauce.

Alternative means ‘available as another possibility or choice’, as in:

Some European countries follow an alternative approach.

In American usage, however, alternate can also be used to mean ‘available as another choice’, for example:

An alternate plan called for construction to begin immediately rather than waiting for spring.

This American use of alternate is still regarded as incorrect by many people in Britain.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/alternate-or-alternative

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