Thursday, July 26, 2012

Words I Can't Spell Without Spell Check

What I'm Reading Now: Split, by Swati Avasthi

While working on The Novel's sequel, I ran into my least favorite word ever: nauseous. First, I hate that feeling more than any other symptom of illness in the world. Second, I can never, EVER spell it without typing some random I-know-it's-wrong combo of n, a, e, and s, then waiting for the squiggly red line so I can right-click and have Word correct it. I always want to spell it 'naeseous' or something crazy, because I know there's a funky 'ea' combo in there (only in nausea, as it turns out), and yes, every single time it appears in this paragraph with the correct spelling, I've copied/pasted.

What words make you stop and think? Here's what I can think of off the top of my head, with the way I want to spell them in parens:

Nauseous/nausea (n#$(@#!s/n*#$!!a)
February (Febuary)
Massachusetts (Massachusettes)
Armageddon (Armagedeon)
Hors d'oeuvres (Hor Dourves)
Cartilage (Cartilege)
Caesar (Ceasar--maybe it's just the ae combos I hate so much...)
Conscious (Concious/Consious)
Indict (Indite... a legit word, but has a very different meaning)
Lasagna (I spell this one fine, but I'm saying 'La-sag-nay' in my head when I do)
Lieu (Leui)
Mnemonic (Neumonic)
Subpoena (Subpeona/Supena... sopapilla? :) )

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