Today’s story from the UK Parliament raised the interesting fact that there’s a difference between Lipreaders and Lipspeakers. Being Office nerds we wondered if Microsoft Word’s dictionary knew about the two words.
Let’s start with the basics …
The difference between a lipreader and a lipspeaker
A lipreader is deaf or hard of hearing who can watch the lip pattern of others to understand what they are saying
A lipspeaker is a hearing person, trained to form clear lip patterns in order to communicate spoken English to a lipreader.
Source: Clarion UK
The different between lipreader and lipspeaker in Word
Word 365 (Windows and Mac) knows ‘lipreader’ but not ‘lipspeaker’. Adding a space or hyphen clears the red squiggly line.
The single word ‘lipspeaker’ seems to be the accepted spelling see https://lipspeaker.co.uk/ among many sites. That’s the one spelling not accepted in Word.
Word spell-check results in Word 365 for Windows or Mac. English language.
The same results in all the English language variants; US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Microsoft Office can’t read lips (not yet) but it can speak!