1. the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage 2. The aspect of language study concerned with letters and their sequences in words 3. a method of representing a language or the sounds of language by written symbols; spelling

The Guardian newspaper in England used a variant of “orthography” in a recent headline: Internet culture spells doom for strait-laced orthographers. The “ortho” part means “straight, upright, or correct,” which is why we see the same root in “orthodoxy” and “orthodontia.”

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