The word formally was underlined in the spell check just after I posted Note 352 yesterday, and it prompted me to change it to formerly so I quickly did (unfortunately without thinking). Whilst typing this blog today and running myself down thinking that I had spelt something wrong, I have now realised that I actually spelt it right to start with (for those that spotted it, I’ve just switched over and changed it back). The sentence that I wrote was:
“For all intents and purposes Chloe was the manager, even though she hadn’t formally been promoted”.
In the above sentence I meant ‘”..she hadn’t officially been promoted” so do you agree that I spelt it right?
The adverb formerly means “in the past; in earlier times” (source: Oxford Dictionaries online), for example:
- She was formerly known as Miss Brooks.
The adverb formally means: ‘officially’ or ‘in accordance with convention or etiquette’ (source: Oxford Dictionaries online), for example:
- They dressed formally for the Scottish wedding
- Let’s announce the structure formally, in our team meeting on Tuesday
The moral of the blog is: be cautious when using ‘spell check’ or at least click on the ‘explain’ option that WordPress provides, as that gives you the definitions. I didn’t do that yesterday as it was late and I was tired – shame on me!
13 days to go on My Writing Challenge…