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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 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, there are so many...and don't get me STARTED on the Canadian versus US spellings of things..my current novel is set in the US and so I'm using US spelling..and YES that's a big deal to us Canadians. It makes me cringe to spell COLOR instead of COLOUR. (it really does!!) And we DO put a double L in travelling. And traveller. FYI.

Mar. 15th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
English spelling is more like Canadian, I think. Still when in the US... :)
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Mar. 15th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
No! 'Commitmentt' doesn't look right at all :P
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I consistently type out when I need our, it's for its even though I KNOW the difference. And, strangely enough, I never spell monstrous right the first time.
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Just make sure you spell 'Finder' correctly :)
(no subject) - bogwitch64 - Mar. 15th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds to me like you have trouble typing the words, not actually spelling them. I do have a few words that always have an extra letter slipped in when I type them. Naturally I can't remember any of them at the moment!
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I do make loads of typos, but there are some mispelled words that have nothing to do with clumsy fingers :(
Mar. 15th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Lol, omg....

Sometimes my fingers get ahead of my brain and words like 'that' become 'taht', and I constantly repeat that old grammar rule 'I before E, ecept after c.

Bugger thin is, sometimes my spell checker doesn't work, and then I post my peice to OWW or what have you, and people think I'm an idiot because I can't spell a simple word. :P
Mar. 15th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I love the way spelling mistakes hide from our eyes until it's too late :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Separate and desperate and disparate. Conscience.

... I hope I got them right this time. :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
I think knowing which words give us a problem is half the battle.
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Mar. 15th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Funny spellchecker story:

I once, over the course of several days, wrote a paper in a computer lab. The paper contained the word "judgement." Over the course of several days I repeatedly ran spellcheck on my-paper-thus-far, and every single time that word came up as spelled incorrectly. And I would accept the correction. And the next time I worked on the paper it would come up AGAIN.

I plead the stresses of grad school for my extended failure to notice I was changing "judgement" to "judgment" and back, over and over... because some of the computers in that lab had British English in their Word settings, and others had American English. I finally figured out I was flipping from one acceptable alternate spelling to another!

I can't remember which I settled on, or if I just turned in whatever spelling was accepted by the computer I completed the paper on. It puzzled the daylights out of me for a while, though!

(I always have to write "personnel" and "personell" to decide which spelling is correct, as well as "sheriff" and "sherrif." I usually recognize the incorrect spelling when I see it in front of me--but luckily, that's one a spellcheck can help with!)
Mar. 15th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
God bless spellcheck :)
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Mar. 15th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hehe, that was your one time in a hundred when you get it right first time :)
Mar. 15th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm generally a decent speller, but every so often I'll have a brain spasm where words like "the" and "and" will look weird to me ;-D
Mar. 15th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
lol :)
Mar. 16th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I always have trouble spelling "superb". I want to spell it "supurb". Don't know why. It's only when I type. I don't have any trouble spelling by pen. I'm more likely to spot other people's bad spelling!

My spelling is excellent but I've noticed that the more blogging I do, the worse it gets and the more I rely on the red squiggly spell-checker to tell me when I've made a mistake! Terrible.
Mar. 16th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
I make a lot of spelling mistakes when typing :(
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
let's just put it this way... spell checker is my friend. :)
Mar. 16th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Mine too :)
Mar. 17th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
It took me awhile - but "necessary" always trips me up! Unnecesary" even more so - I can never remember whether there is one "n" or two.

And I used to be an excellent speller as a child!
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