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I always had trouble with these words; super and supper, diner and dinner, desert and dessert. I couldn't remember which words had the double letters in them.
My daughter, a 5th grade teacher, told me of a easy way to get the spelling correct. Supper, dessert, dinner: you always go back for seconds! I never spell them incorrectly after that tip from her!
Source: Donna, my daughter.
By dwedenoja from New Creek, WV
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The one bugging me lately is bear and bare - seems like none of the bloggers can get that right anymore. Every time I see this sentence, it's spelled "Please BARE with me" ...uh, you mean you're writing your blog naked & you want is to join you & read it naked? Because that's what "bare" means, naked :D . The word is spelled "bear", like the animal - "please bear with me". Just remember the old saying "bare - *ss naked", in other words, "Please bare - *ss naked with me" - you sure don't want your readers doing that with you - or do you :P
Spelling has always been one of my strong points, I am so glad I've never had a problem with it (with the exception of affect/effect). I'm always telling my kids they need to figure out how to spell right & look it up if they don't know, because it's one thing to spell wrong when writing to your friends, but another thing entirely when doing it for school and work.
My husband is a bad speller & get's annoyed when I correct him - but like I tell him, when you spell words wrong in official communications for business & such, it makes you look stupid.
I don't think younger people as well these days, they depend on spell check & some just don't care. One of my kids actually had a teacher who said "I don't care if they spell right, as long as they know what they are talking about in their papers"!
Judy = OK
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
I used to play spelling railroad with my son when we were out in the car. One person spells the first word (the engine). The first letter in the next word must be the same as the ending letter in the first word, and so on. When someone gets tired or loses interest the next word is the caboose.
I have ten kids so this tip comes in handy all the time. When my kids need help with spelling, I just think of all the words that start with A-Z and write them all down. I cut each one out and put them in a hat. Then I get each kid to take out a word and write it in a notebook. We do this until all the words are gone. Then we open the notebook to another page and write all the words out without looking at the words.
Whichever words they get wrong, I tape them around their room. Every time, they see the word, they have to turn around, find their note book and pencil and write out the word. If they get it right, they take it down. If they get it wrong, they leave it up there. We do this until all the words are down and everyone knows their words. It work wonders.
By mc4lifes from Sydney, NSW
Sew tat ewe dont maek speling mistaiks ore tyypoz wen ewe pozt tipz, ewe can tipe your tip intwo an email and run a spellcheck. Kopypaste the Korekt vershion onto the tip spase and everywon wil think ewe did it perfecktlly the furst tyme "GiggleGiggleGiggle" U^u^U
Source: Learned lessons lolol
By Doggy from TX
That was great!
I am a human spellchecker, I get nauseous when I see apostrophes out of place! They swarm over a page like fleas sometimes!
Remember the popular forward that said "Eye halve a spelling chequer, et laves an mai Pea Sea..."
Here's the secret to apostrophe's : they are actually a tiny arrow to point to where a letter was stolen. So **it's** is actually IT IS. The other use for one of these mini-arrows is to show possession (Linda's horse's foot's shoe is missing? say it's not so!) thanks for putting up with my mini-rant - Kim