Thursday, December 27, 2018

Words I Will Never Know How to Spell

It’s the last Thursday of the year, and as always I’m looking at words in a slightly different fashion. This year: words that I will never know how to spell. Come on, it’s in the post title.

Heads up: having French genes does not make you able to spell French words (I guess linguistics can’t be passed down that way). Also, why the hell is this word so freaking hard to get right?! Seriously, what is with French and letters? “Let’s throw an O in there!” “Shall we pronounce it?” “No, what are you, crazy?”

I think it’s the S and the C in this one that really screw me up. This is why I hate the letter C. It’s so pointless. It’s designed to make you not know how to use it. Is it pronounced? Silent? A K sound? An S? A ch?

I suppose that this might be embarrassing to admit, but I always forget either the L or the F. It’s all those consonants in a row! Sometimes it seems like the F isn’t even vocalized, and I know there’s a linguistic word for that although I can’t think of it off the top of my head and don’t feel like looking it up.

I am just always convinced there’s an A in there somewhere. Secretary uses the same vowel pronunciations but has an A in the end. Why not cemetary? I mean cemetery. I just did it again. Not making this up. I totally spelled it wrong in my post about spelling it wrong as I’m looking at the correct spelling of the word.

I never remember that there are two N’s. Or sometimes I spell it with the two N’s, but only one L. I will never, ever get it right on the first try unless I look it up.

So that’s all I can think of, but what about you? What words do you never get right?


  1. I think I finally have miscellaneous figured out, but I still stumble over millennium. And that group of people born then. (Gen X is SO much easier to spell.)

  2. Maneuver is one that I have issues with- probably because that's the American version, and the proper English version is manoeuvre.

  3. Lieutenant?
    Maybe I conquered that one.
    Hmm... No, I remembered that one, too.
    I always want that one to be "deve." ALways always.

  4. Alas, the browser on my computer no longer spellchecks for me. Which makes it so hard to identify the words I'm misspelling. There is a list of words I always screw up, but I can't think of them at the moment.

  5. Spellchecker is a great friend to have. There are many words which await me to rt. click them and put them out of their misery.


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