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Ask Anne: The pleonastic tide rolls on

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The confession by the QP of T (Question Person of Today) reddened my face. I, too, thought pavilion had two ls. Of course it can if you want to misspell it.


Online WikiHow states, There are many slippery spelling words in the English language. Here are a few of the most common ones. Ive shortened the list, and omitted the misspellings. Seeing a misspelled word in print leads to your minds slipping the incorrect version over into the correct file.


CORRECT VERSION OF COMMONLY MISSPELLED WORDS. Achieve, accidentally, adrenaline, a lot, all right, atheist, beginning, bureau, believe, belief, business, breathe, category, commitment, conceive, copyright,decaffeinated, decathlon, definitely, desirable, diarrhea, deity, disappoint, dispel, ecstasy, embarras, environment, espresso, fascist, February, fluorescent, forty, friend, gauge, government, grammar, grievous, harass,hemorrhage, heroes, height, hygiene, hymn, independence, innate, inoculate, its (possessive pronoun), judgment, knowledge, laser, library, lightning, maintenance, manageable, millennium, mischievous, misspell, monastery, monkeys, mortgage, mountain, necessary, niece, ninth, ninety, noticeable, nuptials, occurred, occurrence, opportunity, parallel, pastime, pavilion, piece, perceive, perseverance, pursue, possession, pretend, potato, preceding, pronunciation, privilege, receive, recommend, ridiculous, regardless, remember, restaurant, roommate, rhythm, sacrilegious, siege, sentence, separate, seize, similar, sincerely, speech, stationery (office supplies), strategy, suggestible, supersede, supposedly, surprise, their (belonging to them), thoroughly, tomorrow, tongue, triathlon, ukulele, vacuum, vegetarian, vermilion, videos, villain, Wednesday, weird, writing, youre (contraction of you are)


TIPS [from WikiHow] Look at the list above. Practice any words that you struggle with. Try a practice exercise: Write the word on a piece of paper 5 times in the morning when you wake up, and then write it on the back of the page 5 times at night before you go to bed. After doing this for a few nights, you should have mastered the word! [Or annoyed your family with your new paper trail.] If all fails, try to create memory sentences or phrases involving the word. (Ex. remember together as to-get-her, or "never believe a lie" if you struggle with believe). There are many tools out there on internet that can help you spell, like http://tellspell.com/, or you can just Google the word and see if it is spelled correctly.


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BW (Bigtime Word) pleonasm the use of more words than needed. Im GUILTY and have been since early childhood. Good luck stopping a tide of that duration.

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