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October 25, 2009



I am very visual and a good speller, but some of the words listed above give me problems. I have difficulty with rhythm, although I have no issue with excruciating. Imagine my embarrassment though at realizing that for YEARS I've been spelling "prononciation" the French way and not the English. I guess I got used to it with the o while studying French.


Knowing the etymology of these "curveball" words helps. "Excruciating," for example, means "to torture as if by crucifixion." Once you know it's related to "crucify," you'll never put that "t" in there. As for "accordion," it's from the Greek, and follows the same formula as "melodion" and other -on words.

"Accordian," misspelled, always looks to me like an Armenian surname. (I've always lived around a lot of Armenians!)


I am a very good speller, but one of the words I always have to look up is "perseverance". I always want to add an extra "r", as in "perserverance". But nevertheless, I persevere!


Words I always, always mispell: "diarrhea," "occurrence," and "misspell."


I'm a pretty good speller, but I always have to remind myself about the extra "m" in "accommodate." I have no problem with words like "commodious," so I don't know why that's so. I also find "Shenandoah" sort of hard -- I want to put an "e" in there. "Sacrilegious." Hmm. I spell that one right, but now I come to think about it, why is it NOT a problem?


Accommodate and commmittee. How many consonants? Where are the double ones and the single ones? Every way seems to be wrong.


If you live in Canada, you can always claim Canadian or British spelling. Might not always get away with it, but it's worth a try!


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