Thursday, April 15, 2010

Growing up, I was a terrible speller.

I never, never would have won a spelling bee back in middle school, that's for sure.

Over the years, my crap spelling improved. Mainly because I'm a voracious reader (I just spelled voracious right the first time, I swear) and also because of www.dictionary.com which politely suggests the word you might be trying to spell, even if you're waaaay off.

Luckily, though, my poor spelling never put anyone's life in danger.

3 comments:

boomerang man said...

I went out in the first round of every spelling bee in elementary school. I was toppled many a time by the "I before E except after C rule." Can it really be a rule when there are so many exceptions?

amy said...

I know! The worst for me (and they still trip me up) are the words ending in -tion and -sion. Killer. The other word I always and I mean ALWAYS messed was "calendar." I always want to spell it "calander."

If I ever have to spell in front of others, I second-guess myself because of all the hateful spelling experiences I had growing up.

some chick said...

That was the best clip EVER.

I got the word "through" in a 2nd grade city-wide spelling bee. I asked for it in a sentence, wisely, and then spelled it "T-H-R-U." To this day, I hate "drive-thru" signs. I blame the stage fright - I knew how to spell "through."

I sat in the front row (dismissed, obviously) and cried. I knew better. I was so ashamed!

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