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Tricky Words to Spell

Published by A Wallbank in Offbeat
March 18th, 2009

Not to be taken entirely seriously I’m afraid…

Some of the most useful words in the English language are actually quite hard to spell. I have recently completed a survey and have identified the seven most difficult words I frequently use (based on email traffic and, of course, my imagination).

Below you will find their correct spellings and whatever thoughts I have elected to share.

Liaise

A reasonably common word in the workplace (depending, of course, on what your workplace is… I normally understand it to mean: “To annoy somebody with unnecessary questions that you either a) already know the answer to or b) can’t be bothered to think about for yourself.”).

Rhododendron

This really is a tricky word to spell! I hear it is also a popular trigger word used by the CIA and I often whisper it on the train to see if I can cause any interesting effects; so far nothing other than funny looks, but I will keep trying. 

Phosphorescence

Spelt how it sounds (to me, when spoken in my flawless Cumbrian accent…); but to type this fast without error, now that is a feat!

Rhythm

A word with no vowels! So noteworthy for this alone that it becomes next to impossible to misspell! Still, as you know, the thing next to ‘impossible’ is ‘possible’… which no doubt goes some way toward accounting for the many times I have erred!                  

Lackadaisical

Essentially: a somewhat unusual word that adequately describes most people’s attitude towards work and exercise… or is that just me?

Diarrhea

Hard to spell. Hard to enjoy. Soft to touch.

Schwarzenegger

I rarely send out a memo these days without this word being included. It is basically a cornerstone of the English language.

A good game is to try and include all the above in an everyday sentence! For example:

“I intended to liaise with Schwarzenegger about the terrible mess phosphorescent diarrhea can cause, but I was distracted by the lackadaisical rhythm of a rhododendron.”

Oddly enough, I spoke this very sentence to my cat just yesterday….

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  1. Posted March 18, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Funny as hell.
    Diarrhea
    Hard to spell. Hard to enjoy. Soft to touch.
    Thats just gross. hahah.

  2. Posted March 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Lmao I loved this article. A lot of these words are hard to spell. I also hate some of those words that are the same and you have to sometimes think about which one to use…than/then, their/there, hear/here, to/too….yes some of those are simple…but others have you thinking!

  3. A Wallbank
    Posted March 19, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Amore,
    You are exactly right! Some words are hard to spell, others are hard to choose… effect/affect is a mistake I often make!
    Thanks for reading.

  4. Posted July 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    wow u r funny.. good one..

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