Spelling tricks for tricky words: an introduction

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Ever been in that situation? Choosing a different word just because you don’t know how to spell the one you wanted to use? I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there at one stage.

Worry no more.

Last semester I took a class called Editing and Developing the Manuscript. Each week in our tutorial we had a short spelling test, which fortunately counted for nothing.

This test was simply to, well, test our spelling ability. More importantly, it was to test our spelling ability without the aid of a computer.

Technology is a wonderful thing. But it has made us lazy, both physically and intellectually. We more often than not rely on Word’s spellcheck function to get us out of sticky spelling situations, but Word’s spellcheck is detrimental in numerous ways.

  1. Spellcheck can only tell you if the word itself is spelled correctly, and has no way of checking whether the word has been used in the correct context.
  2. Although endowed with a grammar function, spellcheck can make some horrendous grammatical mistakes.
  3. Similar to number one, spellcheck cannot tell you if you have in fact used the right word. “Going public (minus a letter)” can be quite embarrassing.

So I am endearvouring to improve your spelling by providing some spelling tricks to remember the spelling of tricky words.

These posts will come on a Wednesday morning at 8am AEST, to keep you occupied if I am late posting about my Tuesday Writing and Publishing Industry lecture.

Note: all spelling will be in UK English.


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