When I first started writing, we didn’t have access to a pocket computer/phone that had the answer to every question we could possibly pose. Instead, we had to rely on asking our parents. I wrote stories but often got stuck with spelling. Spelling has never been one of my strong suits. Oh, yes, I actually spelled “of” as o-v-e once on a spelling test in elementary school. Sigh. If I wanted to know how to spell something I had to ask. It was particularly hard to spell words I’d heard, but never read. I remember asking my dad how to spell “chaos.” He told me to look it up in the dictionary. Yes, I searched forever in the K section and finally gave up. A few years later, I ran into the word in print and had to ask how to pronounce it, not realizing it was the word I wanted to spell years earlier. And the word ornery? Forget it, I still struggle with spelling it.
So I thought I’d make a list of some of the words I try to get in a ballpark so spell check can help me out:
After I lived in France and spoke French for a year and a half, I learned how to spell so much better because half of the weird words we have in our language are “borrowed” from the French.
So if you ever need to spell a word, tell yourself you need to take a vacation to France to become a better speller!