How is your Spelling?

@GreenMoo (11842)
August 8, 2012 9:36am CST
As I was writing my last discussion, I had to return to rewrite the word evacuate because I'd misspelt it. In that case it was a simply typo, one of those where my fingers and brain weren't really working in tandem. There are some words though which I misspell over and over. Occasional is one of them. Necessary is another. I have a memory trick to help with necessary, but occasional catches me every time. Thank heavens for spell check! How is your spelling? I like to think that mine is quite good, despite having a couple of words which keep catching me. Do you have any tricks to remember the words which stump you? Beautiful was a word I had problems with when I was a kid, and to this day I still say Be-Ay-You-tiful in my head as I write it!
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@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
8 Aug 12
My spelling is adequate I guess. But I am happy that my computer corrects all the misspelled words I type. I always have a problem with the word Necessary. Maybe it is my brain, but who knows. I never considered myself a great speller anyway. I sometimes have to go to an online dictionary to check my spelling if I am not totally sure. But like I said, my computer seems to know exactly what I am typing. Nice!!!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Aug 12
Computer spell checks are indeed very useful. Necessary = one C and two S. Because a CeSS pit is neCeSSary for some people!
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@BarBaraPrz (19865)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
8 Aug 12
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@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
9 Aug 12
Yes, spell checks are awesome. But they also make us not use our brains to spell. And that is a nice trip to remember how to spell necessary. See, I just spelled the word and it was easy for me. Nice!!!
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
8 Aug 12
I do that thing for beautiful, too! Another leftover from my school days is "fri your ends" to remember how to spell "friends". "I before E except after C or as sounded as A as in neighbor and weigh" is another. One word I nearly always misspell is niece (there, I just had to correct it!) for some reason. My computer underlines misspelled words, which helps, but I usually know before I finish the word that I've misspelled it. I'm very grateful to my elementary school teachers who were very picky about spelling and grammar. They all said (and my mother, too) that people will judge you first by how you speak and secondly by how you express yourself in writing. Any misspelling or grammar mistakes will make people think that you are ignorant and uneducated. That sort of judgment was considered very limiting back then in the 50s and 60s.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Aug 12
I think spell check does make us lazy, so spelling is probably not seen as so important as it once was. I also use the 'I before E' saying, but I'd never heard the second half. No suggestions for remembering how to spell occasionally then?!
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
8 Aug 12
Sorry, I don't know any more tricks. I'm one of those fortunate people who can look at a word and just know that it is misspelled. So I don't even think of the tricks other than the ones I told you, I just know the correct spelling. Probably due to all those endless spelling drills I hated but am so grateful for now!
@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Aug 12
I can normally tell right off when something isn't right, but I do have a mental block with a small selection of words. I imagine they are the ones that weren't included in my own childhood spelling drills!
• Bangladesh
8 Aug 12
Once upon a time my uncle could not remember the spelling of 'lieutenant'. He had mastered the spelling remembering like '' hey, lie, u ? ten ants''lol. Later times I have adopted the trick. Another word for remembering the spelling of which word, I had suffered the most is 'bureau'. Its like ''b urea u''. Urea is a name of fertilizer.lol Diarrhea is like ''di arr hea''. Yet the tricks are matter of practice.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Aug 12
Bureau is a good one for me, as I struggle with bureaucracy*. *Is that right? It doesn't look it! But I guess it must be as the spell check didn't pick it up. See how reliant we get on it lol
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
11 Aug 12
I'm a terrible speller, if it weren't for spell check my responses would be full of misspelled words. Being from the northeast I tend to say "warsh" instead of "wash" and I've yet to figure out what that dumb "w" is doing in "answer"
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Aug 12
I don't think anyone knows!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Aug 12
Actually, I took a "History of the English Language" and I do know, but I wish it were dropped. English is a Germanic language. In the time of Chaucer the word "answer" was actually said, and spelled, "answerder". By the time of Shakespeare it was actually said "answer" (say the "w") and that's where the spelling got "stuck" even tho the "w" has since been dropped - I'd guess that it was still being said in the 1700's.
@GreenMoo (11842)
13 Aug 12
Fascinating stuff. I love finding out little snippets like that.
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@mhypie03 (684)
• Philippines
11 Oct 12
I get lost when I start using the word facade since it is pronounced as fah-sahd. But I also get to confused with occasion. There several words I get stomped with but too bad I forgot them. HAHAHA! Sometimes I get too conscious about my grammar I jumble the letters.
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Oct 12
Occasion sometimes flummoxes me too. I forget how many Ss it should have.
@mhypie03 (684)
• Philippines
14 Oct 12
Two more words, accommodate (I sometimes miss out the other M) and privilege or priviledge (red underline by mylot--now I remember)? Geeesh!
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
6 Oct 12
Spelling has never really presented any problem for me, in fact I cannot remember any occasion when it has. I do however regularly fall prey to mistyping words. I am not a typist but have become quite proficient using 2 fingers to type. The problem is that I often tend to depress the keys out of sequence, so I have to go back and correct the error. I am quite pedantic when it comes to grammar an punctuation, but find myself very tolerant with others who struggle with spelling. English is a very idiosyncratic language and there are no easy rules that govern spelling, therefore it is necessary to become familiar with most words to eliminate the danger of poor spelling. It would be so much easier if our language was phonetic.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Oct 12
I too can be most tolerant of spelling errors.However, that changes when I find spelling or grammatical errors in professional documents as it's so simple to have worked checked before publication. It makes me think that a firm that would allow sloppy work to be published may be just as sloppy with business I gave them.
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
18 Nov 12
Yes I agree that it is unacceptable in such cases. I would have expected that a professional body would be formulating the documents in a word processor, so the spell checker would eliminate the need for proof reading. I have often made silly typing errors which result in bad spelling of words that I know well, but this would be totally unacceptable for a professional publication.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
8 Aug 12
My smelling is very guud. Ayes yoo kan sea their r know miss teighks in thees risppons.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
8 Aug 12
you are so silly p1ke
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Aug 12
I think she speaks for us all P1kef1sh ....
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
8 Aug 12
I remember when I was in 3rd grade, me and my best friend were chosen to represent the class in a local spelling bee contest. I think it was the third round when I got eliminated for the word 'thief', and my best friend eliminated after me for the word 'beautiful'. It was a good learning experience for me, as I always feel uneasy when I see a word I write incorrectly spelled.
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Aug 12
Thief, I bet you got the I and the E the wrong way around. I often do it, look at it, then change it about1 I recognise it immediately when I see it wrong, but can't always picture it in my head.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
9 Aug 12
Exactly! Darn that I and E!
@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
11 Oct 12
I am very much careful about spelling. But still I often misspell.
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Oct 12
It's easy to make mistakes, particularly when you are writing fast.
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Thank goodness for spell check, especially on my tablet and phone. I can usually respond back faster from my computer but then a lot more spelling mistakes come. I used to be really good at spelling when I was younger but with age you sometimes forget. But spell check is a total godsend.
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Oct 12
Half of my spelling errors on the computers are typos due to keyboard errors rather than not knowing the correct spelling. Missing letters out or getting the wrong order because my fingers can't keep up with my brain!
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
8 Oct 12
Hi GreenMoo, I'm here to learn language. And of course not good in spelling especially for words that I'm not familiar with. Therefore online dictionary is essential for me when reading posts here. Yeah, spell-checker is a must for me as well when typing post here. Enthusiasm and some other words always seem like common fault for me. The u and s is always placing in the incorrect place when typing Enthusiasm I have to adjust the letter until the red line is not available lol... Happy posting and have a nice day!
@GreenMoo (11842)
12 Oct 12
Some people blame spell check for people not having to learn to spell any more, but it's a really useful tool.
@allknowing (65264)
• India
9 Aug 12
I am pretty good at it but do sometimes check my 'spell check'. That reminds me. Here is a poem on pc spell checks: - Beware! [i]A Little Poem Regarding Computer Spell Checkers... Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put the error rite Its rare lea ever wrong. Eye have run this poem threw it I am shore your pleased two no Its letter perfect awl the weigh My chequer tolled me sew.[/i]
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Aug 12
Excellent! Thanks for sharing that.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
8 Aug 12
Not with spelling but with names I sometimes have to coordinate it with something in my life so I can remember someone's name..spelling I do have to look up words on occasion....have you ever beem writing a word and you know it's right but it just doesn't look like it? LOL
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Aug 12
I often write a word which looks wrong, and the more I look at it the less certain I get ...
• United States
8 Aug 12
I've always been really good at spelling and grammar. For the most part, I think I'm a pretty good speller. There are a few words that do kind of stump me for a second but I'm usually able to remember how to spell them. Spell check definitely helps a lot though. My mac laptop even has it for when I'm typing on the internet! So sometimes while I'm myLotting and I misspell a word, there will be a red underline under the word to let me know that it's spelled wrong. I like having spellcheck because I really don't like to get words wrong lol
@GreenMoo (11842)
9 Aug 12
Most of those little red lines on my screen are due to my fingers not doing what they're told rather than spelling errors.
• United States
8 Aug 12
I have always been fairly good at spelling. There are a few words that I always mix up, which is a common issue for many people; thankfully, spell check catches those. I do think that spending too much time online can have a detrimental effect on spelling and grammar. We already know that texting may foster bad spelling and grammar; I suspect that the same is true of spending a lot of time online.
@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Aug 12
It certainly makes me lazy as I don't have to learn the correct spellings as I can rely on the machine.
• United States
12 Oct 12
I think my spelling is really good. It was a favorite subject of mine in school but I do find myself misspelling things. Sometimes I'll be sure about a word but because I haven't written it or seen it in so long I'll hesitate on it. A word I had a problem with in school was Wednesday. It doesn't sound like its spelled. My mother helped me with it though by sounding it out this way for me Wed-nes-day. I still say it like this when I'm writing it so I don't mess up lol.