Spelling mistakes in note about spellings!

(79 Posts)
mrssmiling Thu 03-Oct-13 09:25:10

DS brought home a note about 'Spelling Practise' asking us to 'practice spellings with you're child.'
Do I say anything or just feel shock at the teacher's own spelling mistakes?
Has anyone else had similar mistakes in letters from school?

friday16 Wed 09-Oct-13 12:53:55

Perhaps, this is why, when not communicating verbally and face-to-face, most people indicate irony through the use of, say, inverted commas.

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout.

SoundsWrite Wed 09-Oct-13 13:07:41

...it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout.
In a tub, no doubt.

Mashabell Thu 10-Oct-13 07:04:33

Coming back to the problem of spelling mistakes.
Of the 91 main English spelling patterns, 80 have some exceptions, but some have very few, e.g. the short /a/ sound is spelt differently in just 3 not particularly common words (plaid, plait, meringue). They are not much of a problem.

Only 20 patterns have more than 50 exceptions, and the most time-consuming to learn and therefore also most error-causing are doubled consonants, spellings for /ee/ and long /oo/ and heterographs. The latter cut across several spelling patterns.

I have a collection of 335 words which have different spellings for different meanings, but for about 80 of them most people learn just one (e.g. pigeon/pidgin, turn/tern). I have grouped the main 253 by the sound which they spell differently and will paste them in. They'll come out a bit jumbled, because i've got got them in tables, but just scrolling down will show u why they absorb much learning and teaching time.

If those 253 words all had just one spelling for their different meanings (like 'mean, lean, sound, found, bound and 2,000 others), learning to spell English would clearly be vastly less time-consuming than it is now.
They also make clear that phonics is of very limited use for learning to spell English. More useful for learning to read.

*Words with more than one spelling problem

a-e/ ay
ale/ail
ate/eight
bale/bail
base/bass*
brake/break
Dane/deign
faint/feintfate/fete
gage/gauge
gate/gait
grate/great
hale/hail
lane/lain
made/maidmale/mail
mane/main
maze/maize
rain/reign
raze/raise
sale/sail
stake/steakstrait/straight
tale/tail
vale/veil
vane/vain/vein
wait/weight
waste/waist
whale/wail* nay/neigh
slay/sleigh
Sunday/sundae
way/weigh

air / are / ear ...
air/heir*
bare/bear fair/fare
flair/flare
hair/harepair/pear/pare
stair/staretheir/there
wear/where*

au / aw
ball/bawl
faun/fawn Gaul/gall
haul/hall maul/mall
Paul/palltaut/taught*

e / er
berry/bury*
berth/birth
bred/breadearn/urn
fir/fur
herd/heard led/lead
lent/leant
pearl/purlred/readx2

-e endings
born/borne cast/caste fiance/fiancée
heroin/heroine

ee / ea ...
bee/be
beech/beach
been/bean
beet/beat
breech/breach
cheep/cheap
creek/creak
deer/dear
discreet/discrete
eerie/eyrie
eve/eaves
feet/featflee/flea
freeze/frieze
geezer/geyser
genes/jeans*
Greece/grease*
heel/heal
here/hear
key/quay
leaver/lever
leech/leach
leek/leak
meet/meatneed/knead
peace/piece
pee/pea
peek/peak
peel/peal
peer/pier
reed/read
reek/wreak*
reel/real
see/sea
seamen/semen
seem/seamsealing/ceiling*
seen/scene*
serial/cereal*
sheer/ shear
sheikh/chic*
steel/steal
sweet/suite*
tee/tea
teem/team
wee/we
week/weak
wheel/weal*

i, i-e / -y
gild/guild
him/hymn

bite/byte/bight
drier/dryer
flier/ flyerI/aye/eye
isle/aisle
knight/night*
lightening/lightning*
mite/might
rime/rhyme*rite/right/ write
site/sight/cite
slight/sleight
stile/style
time/thyme*
tire/tyreby/buy/bye
die/dye
hi/high

o-e / -o
bolder/boulder
broach/brooch
groan/grown
lone/loan
moan/mown
pole/pollroad/rode
role/roll
sewn/sown
sole/soul
thrown/throne
yolk/yokedoe/dough
no/know
oh/owe
roe/row
so/sow/sew
toe/tow

oo
moose/mousse*
root/route
shoot/chute*
troop/troupeblue/blew
coo/coup
flue/flew/flu
threw/through
too/to/two
you/ewe/yew/u
wood/would

or
boar/bore/Boer
border/boarder
coarse/course
for/four
forth/fourthhoar/whore*
horse/hoarse
or/oar/ore
pore/pour
sore/soar
war/wore
warn/worn

our
our/hour flower/flour

u
cum/come
dun/done
nun/noneruff/rough*
sum/some
sun/sonwon/one*

-ue
cue/queue* due/dew hue/hew revue/review

unstressed vowels in endings
-al / -el / -le
bridal/bridle
capital/capitol
dual/duelnaval/navel
principal/principle
counsel/council*
idle/idol

-en / -on
batten/baton*lessen/lesson

-er / -ar / -or
alter/altar
caster/castor
hanger/hangar
lumber/lumbar
manner/manor
meter/metre
miner/minor
peddler/pedlar
raiser/razor
rigger/rigor
seller/cellar*
stationery/stationary
summery/summary

-y / -ey ...
bogy/bogey caddy/caddie chilly/chilli story/storey

Doubled / not doubled consonants
ad/add
but/butt
Finn/fin
gel/jell*
in/inn
lap/Lapp
tic/tickaloud /allowed*
berry/bury*
canvas/canvass
carrot/carat*
Finnish/finish
medal/meddle*
metal/mettle*moose/mousse*
mussel/muscle*
pallet/palate/palette*
pedal/peddle*
peddler/pedlar*
pidgin/pigeon*
rigger/rigor*

Other unpredictable consonanants
c/ k/ ch/ qu
arc/ark
bask/Basque
cord/chord
franc/frank
kernel/colonel*
scull/skull
check/cheque/
Czech f
draft/draught*
faze/phase
profit/prophet*

h
hole/whole
holy/wholly
hoop/whoop

j
gel/jell*
Jim/gym* m
dam/damn
plum/plumb

n
nave/knave
new/knew
nit/knit
not/knot

r / wr
rap/wrap
retch/wretch
ring/wring
rung/wrung
rye/wry*
s / c
sell/cell
sensor/censor
sent/scent/cent
serial/cereal*
sight/cite*
signet/cygnet
council/counsel*
practice/ practise
Greece/grease*

s / z
braise/braze*
geyser/geezer *
grisly/grizzly*
prise/prize

w / wh
watt/what*
wet/whet
weather/whether
weal/wheel*
witch/which*
wile/while
wine/whine

oddments
Its/it’s bow/bough boy/buoy hart/heart
shoot/chute* marshal/martial complement /compliment

Mashabell Sat 12-Oct-13 07:37:05

I hope that even just a quick scroll down that list helps lucky gifted spellers to appreciate a bit more how much memorisation learning to spell English 'correctly' involves, and perhaps makes them a little more forgiving towards people who occasionally slip up.

Those 500+ words are the hardest, but they are only a fraction of the minimum of 4,000 common words with tricky bits in them.

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