I'd like to profess that I am an excellent speller. You might be surprised to know that good spellers, like myself, do not know how to spell every word they want to use. What they do know is to check if they are not sure of a word's spelling. Biggest spelling bugaboos? Ahhh... how long can the list be?
- there, they're, their
- whose, who's
- your, you're, yore (<--- always makes me think of Christmas... wait that's yule)
- know, no
- forth, fourth (Do you know these are different words with different meanings? I didn't just spell fourth wrong.)
- its, it's
- through, threw, thorough
- stationary, stationery
- right, rite, write (rite is not shorthand for right.... rite means a ritual)
- choose, chose
- All right, alright (Alright is not even a word.)
As a pro, I still have my hangups. There are some I still have to think through. Some of my favorite tricky ones are:
1. lay, lie Lay the blanket down so we can lie in the shade
2. affect, effect Loud music affects my hearing. I ignored the harmful effects so long and now I am deaf.
3. all ready, already I went to the bathroom already so now, I am all ready.
4. allude, elude The principal alluded to budget cuts as the murder suspect eluded us. I don't know why there was a murder suspect in a school board meeting. It just came to me.
Fascinating, huh? In college I had to buy a Quick Access Reference Guide for a class. I am confident in saying that if my best friend had to be inanimate- it would be my Quick Access. I love it and recommend everyone purchase one.