So you think you can spell?

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  1. TennisPlayer

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    I CANNOT spell and I made a 44 on the test....I love the inventor of the spell check LoL
     
  4. giraffe326

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    I made a 56 and thought I was a good speller :blush:
    liaison? prerogative? Who knew?!
    Stupid English language....
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Um. liaison is the fault of French.

    Prerogative illustrates the advantage of having had Latin: rogare is 'to ask'.
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    Wow. I thought I was a good speller. :eek:
     
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    Ugh! I got an 80%, but I don't agree with 'supersede'. I chose supercede-I haven't looked it up yet. TG???
     
  8. MrsWbee

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    #7 is unfair because it doesn't tell you the context! If you're talking about your taxes, you would say your dependant. If you're saying someone relies on others, it would be dependent. Boo!
     
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    Sorry, kcjo: the correct version is supersede. (Latin: super 'above', sedere 'to sit' - though, interestingly, the Middle English version shows the c; once again, it seems to be the fault of French.)
     
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    Sorry, but no: it's dependent in either case.
     
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    Another misspelling, like supercede, that has become common enough that dictionaries list it as a variant because it's no longer politically correct to call it "wrong".

    The IRS, by the way, uses the spelling with e.
     
  13. Peachyness

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    I thought the same thing. Thanks TG for clarifying the word. I grew up with closed caption, so I read a lot, even when watching tv. So, I am a pretty decent speller. But, I will admit, I didn't do as well on the test as I thought I would :eek:
     
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    Neither did I. Hmmmppphhhh.
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Supercede would more or less have to mean 'yield to (cede) excessively' (or possibly 'fall excessively'). Folk etymologies have in fact produced 180-degree turns like that, but not very many, and it's ugly when they do.
     
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    I got a 60, and missed some of the words being discussed.
     
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    I got a 72. Sheesh. And I even won the 6th grade spelling bee! :( haha
     
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    OMG I got a 100%!!! I was worried too - some of those were hard and I was second guessing myself.
     
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    Well done, silverspoon!
     
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    48 here... pitiful!
     
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    Way to go, silver!!!
     
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    I did horrible! I thought that I was a much better speller than that!
     
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    Yeah, me too! I am usually spelling words for other people that ask me so I have some brushing up to do! LOL
     
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    I win...I got a 40%:eek:

    I always make fun of my friends who can't spell, but now people should make fun of me!
     
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    I'm a horrible speller. I'm afraid to even take the exam. Spell check is my best friend :)
     
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    72%...not bad, but two of them I remembered from reading this thread.
     
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    That was my point :) English is full of non-English words.... Therefore there are no real rules. Yes, rules that work most of the time, but there are always exceptions!
     
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    I made my dh do it last night. He just got a new fancy-pants office job, and he's always sending me stuff to proof for him (at school-like I'm not supervising 17 students all day!). He got a (he would kill me if he knew I was broadcasting this)...

    28%

    :eek:
     
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    Lordy: another one who believes English has no rules, and this among the teachers!
     
  30. lemonhead

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    I got an 80 but I would have missed supersede if I didn't send it in an email today. I am embarrassed that I missed foreword.

    I find the older I get, the worse I get at spelling. I noticed sometimes I just pick a different word!

    What annoys me is when I totally know the right way to use a word and I use the wrong one. Like when I type "I hear what you're saying." Or when I use the wrong there but know darn well which is the "write" one.
     
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    Well I got a 64% and I thought I'd get more worse than that, so it was better than expected.
     

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