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Spilling mistakes

I pride myself on having a near perfect memory (though it’s fair to say that my recall isn’t quite up to the same high standard). 

Even so, I’m usually pretty good at remembering names, faces, facts, pointless trivia and the like, which is why I’m often surprised at how the correct spelling of a few, seemingly simple, words continues to evade me.

How hard can it be to remember how to spell a simple little word like ‘family’? Yet time and again I find myself reaching for the backspace key after typing in an extra ‘l’.

‘Anti-establishment’? No problem. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Piece of cake (I can even spell ‘dociousaliexpiisticfragicalirupus’, the (technically incorrect) backwards version Ms. Poppins mentions in the song of the same name.

Despite this skill, any time I want to type in words like ‘necessary’ or ‘embarrassment’ it takes me two or three attempts before I get the darn things spelled correctly.

All I can say is, thank goodness for dictionaries and spell-checkers.

How about you?

What words do you have trouble spilling… er, spelling?

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Mar. 15th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
niece (neice)
ankle (ancle)
stomach (stomache)

Never fails...
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
It's strange how that happens, isn't it?
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
"necessary" ( that doesn't look right) and I always mis-type from and put "form". I actually have to search "form" when I'm done with a manuscript so I can change them all...
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
That 'Find and replace' option is a most useful tool :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
God, I know what you mean. How hard can it be to remember two "s"s or two "e"s? But those are the words that throw me time and time again.

A professor way back when told me when you have a stubborn word (or stubborn memory about a word), find a trick to help you remember. At that time it was the word "separate." I wanted to write it "seperate." She wrote it on a paper with the letter "A" in caps, HUGE, so that it "separated" the word. I've never forgotten since then.

However, I apparently did forget her lesson because I haven't used it to overcome my memory failure since then.
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I learned "separate" because we read (and had to do a book report on) A Separate Peace in 9th grade. After writing the word a hundred times, it finally sunk in.
(no subject) - clarionj - Mar. 15th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 15th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
2 words I can spell of course if asked or when I am thinking about them are BECAUSE & WRITER BUT in quickly typing them in an email or LJ, for some reason I always spell BECAUSE (BECUASE) AND WRITER & (WRITIER) then I have to go back and change them.

The 2 words I have to think about when writing which are so simple is the word (SURE) & then (WHO as opposed to HOW)

BTW I had to go back and respell BECAUSE while writing this because I switched the letters again. LOL!!!

Mar. 15th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
lol :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Acquaintance. I always put an "e" at its end instead of an "a."
Correspondence. I always put an "a" at the end instead of an "e."
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's worse when they look right either way, as both of those do to me.
Mar. 15th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
There's definitely (definately) a few words that always catch me off-guard, but I do seem to be learning. After looking them up and trying to remember, I can correct myself faster now, or at least it seems that way.
fulfil (fulfill)
cacophony (cacaphony)
focused (focussed)
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I tend to know which ones are the problem words, I just can't remember how to spell them ;(
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Mar. 15th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, when it comes to typing, those disobedient fingers make loads of mischief :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Trying to spell necessary is the bane of my existence. Along with existence, apparently, because I just messed that one up as well. Other words that get me are things like assess and assignment and recommendation.

I think it must have something to do with English being a hybrid language and therefore adopting spellings that don't make a damn bit of sense. Long words that SOUND the way they're spelled are simple, but small ones with tons of awkwardly repeating consonants are mind muckers.
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, there are so many different origins to English, it's hard work keeping up with spelling :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
All I can say is, thank goodness for dictionaries and spell-checkers

and pedants.
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hehe, very true :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
tomorrow. I always want it to have two m's rather than two r's.
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
That's a common word too, it must get frustrating :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
There is spelling and then there is typing. I can certainly spell the word "from" but mostly I seem to type it as "form." One reason I still use a DOS-based word processor (XyWrite) is because i can make XyWrite's spell checker question every instance of the word "form."

Real spelling problems for me are the classic "loose/lose" and "breath/breathe" errors.

Mar. 15th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hehe, typos. Now there's a whole new can-o-worms :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I have no trouble spelling words. I do, however, have a rip-snorting, rib-ticking time, typing them (or trying to), and I am an horrid keyboardist. That's why I and my spellchecker have an alliance at the moment (though I am quite surprised it has not imploded, at times). I do have to resort at times to three different ones, however, because one spellchecker jsut will not do a proper job, left to its own device.
Mar. 15th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Of course, I end up resorting to British spelling quite a bit too, which also leaves the US spellchecker scratching its head. A lot of books I read as a child were the British versions of works translated into English (Englsih, my fingers just typed-keyboarding, again), such as Pippi Longstocking and the like. Some things really do stay with you, into adulthood.

Although I find it quite funny now that books they release in England, like Harry Potter, are translated into another variant of English when hey are released into another English speaking country. I'm left wondering when they initiated he English-to-English translation service.
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Mar. 15th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
There is not enough space for my spelling mistakes. I thinks some words are difficult b/c the English language is so complicated and letters can have different sounds based on context (I read books or I read the story yesterday) or we just pronounce them incorrectly, which means spelling them is a challenge or the rules are just screwy.
Mar. 15th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Pronunciation makes a huge difference I think. I'm always telling my son to speak properly, so that when it comes to spelling a word, it'll be easier.
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I always want to put an extra "L" in traveler or traveling.

And this one time, I spent an entire day convinced that "insurance" was not the correct spelling of that word.
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
When I think about it, I have a problem with 'traveling' too.
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Mar. 15th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Too many but my biggest is not paying attention to your and you're.
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
I do that a lot, though I think they're more typos than bad spelling.
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