What do you think?
I am a BIG fan of spell check and I use dictionary.com and thesaurus.com regularly when I write (I’m just NOT that good of a speller). There are several online writing helps – those two just happen to be easy to remember (and my computer remembers the link if I can at least spell the beginning of the words correctly).
I forgot, however, to check the spelling of the Project 365 – Day 57 title. Oops. How embarrassing – especially since I am blessed to have an almost perfect speller for a husband. He’s always gracious when he corrects me. I am always gracious when I receive his correction. One of these two statements is NOT true. We’ll leave any further conclusions to the dear reader.
Dictionary.com says advisor is acceptable as is adviser. Hmmm. According to the Cambridge Guide to English Usage (Pam Peters, 2004):
Both these spellings are in current use, though adviser is the dominant spelling in both the US and the UK. The ratio in American data from CCAE is 20:1 and in British data from the BNC it’s 6:1. Curiously, advisor is sometimes said to be “the American spelling.” Whatever its past, advisor is registered alongside adviser in major British, American, Canadian and Australian dictionaries.
There you have it. Feel free to use which ever you prefer. I think I’ll use both as it keeps people wondering, “Did she mean to spell it differently? Which one is right? Do they mean two different things? Is she ignorant or just a sloppy typist?” All of that in just two words.