If you've spent any time with message boards, blogs, or email, you've seen this sacrilege. And you fall in one of three groups:
You can't stand it when you see it misspelled.
You never realize that 90% of the time, it's misspelled.
You usually think it looks funny and you have a hunch it's not right, but you're not quite sure how to fix it.
WOW (Words on Wednesday) to the rescue.
Your odds of spelling this word correctly (and therefore raising your perceived IQ by 30 points) skyrocket if you'll remember this: in the exact center of the word you'll find the word "finite." Most people don't have quite the trouble with "finite" that they do with "definitely," so this can be a helpful hint. If you start with "finite" and then put two, and ONLY two, letters on either side, you'll most likely get it right. The "de" isn't hard, and if you know that only two letters come after "finite," then you'll avoid the dreaded "definiteley."
Here ends the first installment of Words on Wednesday.
(If this was helpful to you, PLEASE tell me in the comments. It'll help me know I'm headed in the right direction!)