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[15 Sept 2012] Not an easy word to spell, ‘confectionery’. The Daily Mail got it wrong three times in one article on 3 September about Nestlé slimming down the size of its Quality Street tins, eg: ‘Some of Britain’s most popular confectionary companies have been affected by size reductions, including smaller chocolate bars such as Mars and Dairy Milk.’

The multiple error suggests it wasn’t just the result of a typo but an author who hadn’t paid attention in the third form.

One way to remember the correct spelling is to recall its shared ending with ‘stationery’. Or would that be ‘stationary’?

Talking of orthography, the credits to a recent film about the Victorian artist Ford Madox Ford listed references to ‘Ernest Hemmingway’ and ‘Graham Green’. Wake up at the back!

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