Lipspeakers and Lipreaders in the Word dictionary

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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.

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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.

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