Importance of Spelling

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Chapter 1 : Importance of Spelling

Introduction arrow_upward

  • Spelling is the writing of one or more words with letters and diacritics.

  • Importance of Spelling arrow_upward

  • Spelling can be defined as a code that uses letter sequences to represent specific words that have an associated pronunciation and meaning within the mental dictionary.
  • Misspell: To spell incorrectly
    • Misspellings reflect laziness on the part of the writer.
    • It causes readers to doubt “everything” in the document.
  • Can you trust a writer who does many spelling mistakes?
  • Based on below you can determine who is smarter, Writer A or Writer B.
    • Writer A: I am smarter than you
    • Writer B: I am smarter then you
  • Ability to spell correctly is critical for success in professional life.
  • All word processing programs do not catch misused and misspelled words.
    • You need to develop a good eye for catching spelling mistakes.
  • Good spelling requires passion for words and their meanings.

  • Strategy for Spelling arrow_upward

  • Use the meaning of words and parts of words to spell.
  • Understand rules for modifying words when adding prefix or suffix.
  • Understand meaning of words and identify relationships between and among words.

  • Understand Parts of the Words arrow_upward

  • Word Root: Fundamental meaning of a word.
  • Prefix: Attached to beginning of a term to modify its meaning.
  • Suffix: Attached to end of a term to modify its meaning.
  • Combining Vowel: Used to ease pronunciation - usually an “o” (e, i, or u).

  • Common Spelling Errors arrow_upward

  • Improper abbreviations.
  • Misuse of word division.

  • Errors in Capitalization:

  • Lack of understanding of what to capitalize and when.

  • Errors in Homonyms:

  • Share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meaning.

  • Errors in Contractions:

  • A word or phrase that has been shortened by leaving out some of the letters is called a contraction.

  • Homonyms arrow_upward

  • Homonyms, or multiple meaning words, are words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.
  • Example:
    • A bear (the animal) can bear (tolerate) very cold temperatures.

    Homophones arrow_upward

  • Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically although they have different meanings and often have different spellings as well.
  • Example:
    • Foul (odor) / fowl (bird) 
    • Rose (flower) / rose (past tense of “rise”)

    To Improve Spelling arrow_upward

  • Develop an interest in words.
  • Learn about:
    • The way words are built up using syllables
    • Spelling patterns
    • Prefixes and suffixes
    • Vowels and consonants
    • Meaning of words
    • Scientific words

    Proofreading arrow_upward

  • One of the important parts of improving spelling is proofreading:
    • Review your draft deliberately, moving your eyes along slowly under each and every word.
    • Look for spelling errors.
    • Be alert for problems that have plagued you in the past.

    Commonly Misspelled Words arrow_upward

  • A: Absence, Accommodation, According, Against, Aisle, Although, Apologize.
  • B: Beautiful, Beginning, Believe, Business.
  • C: Calendar, Consensus, Cemetery, Confidence, Criticize.
  • D: Defendant, Disappoint, Drunkenness, Despair, Distance, Disguise, Difference, Describe, Decided, Dilemma, Disappear.
  • E: Easiness, Exceed.
  • F: Famous, Finish, Forest, From, Form.
  • G: Guest, Guarantee, Guilty, Government, Gauge.
  • H: Halve, Happened, Here, Hear, Height, High.
  • I: Illegible, Indispensable, Information, Interest, Imagine, Immediately, Independent, Irresistible.
  • K: Knowledge
  • L: Liquefy, Language, Listen, League.
  • M: Maintenance, Month, Mountain, Machine, Measure, Meant, Merchandise, Memorandum.
  • N: Necessary, Neither, Nighttime.
  • O: Occurrence, Occasion.
  • P: Pastime, Paragraph, Period, Phrase, Possible, Preferred, Pressure, Prominent, Purpose, Pursue.
  • Q: Quite, Quiet, Queue, Questionnaire.
  • R: Recommend, Receive, Remember, Receipt, Reference.
  • S: Separate, Soldier, Sugar, Sure, Sergeant, Says, Similar, Sincerely.
  • T: Tyranny, Thousands, Temperature, Thorough, Tomorrow, Theater, To, Two, Too, There, Their, They're, Truly, Tournament.
  • U: Unfortunately, Until, Usually, Unforgettable.
  • V: Vacuum, Variety, Various, Vary, Vehicle, Vicious, Village, Villain.
  • W: Wear, Where, We're, Weird.
  • Y: Yield
  • Z: Zoology

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