Can You Spell These 11 Least-Known Words?


Aahhh … don’t you love the English language? It’s full of fancy words. Words that are tricky, words that are unpredictable – words that I can almost guarantee you will misspell.

The Center of Reading Research has looked into the English words that people are the least familiar with, using an online vocabulary test offered by Ghent University.

The participants had to press the “J” key if the word flashing before their eyes on the computer screen was a proper English word, and the “F” key if they didn’t know the word. Fewer than 3 in every 100 participants knew words like gossypol and alsike. Are you one of these people?

Here are the definitions of some of these obscure words. Be sure to learn their correct spelling in case you ever need to use them!

chersonese” – This word comes from the Greek “??????????” which means peninsula. A peninsula is a piece of land that has one of its four sites connected to the mainland of a territory while the other three are bordered by water.

dasyure” – According to the Dictionary.com website, dasyure is “any of several nocturnal, carnivorous marsupials of the genus Dasyurus and related genera, of Australia, Tasmania, and nearby islands, typically having a reddish or olive-brown coat marked with white spots.”

pyknic” – This is not an archaic spelling of the word “picnic.” According to the Oxford dictionary, “pyknic” is etymologically derived from the Greek word “??????” which means thick. It describes any living species with a tendency to get fat and have a “stocky physique or a rounded body and head.”

kalian” – A word of Persian origin, it refers to a Persian tobacco pipe that has the smoke go through water before drawing and inhaling the smoke. You might be more familiar with the terms “Hookah” or “Shisha”, the waterpipe use for smoking tobacco.

Yogh” – This is a phonological term that describes a palatal fricative widely used in Middle English. Its sound approximates the Modern English sound of the semivowel “y” as in the word“young.”

didapper” – The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines didapper as “a dabchick or other small grebe.” It’s the shortened form of dive-dapper.

ossify” – The process of making something impermeable to change. The word means to become hard like a bone, or to transform into bone.

stibnite” – The Merriam-Webster dictionary offers this word definition for stibnite: “a mineral that consists of the trisulfide of antimony and occurs in orthorhombic lead-gray crystals of metallic luster or in massive form.”

“penurious” – This is what many young people are by the end of each month: extremely poor or poverty-stricken. It also means parsimonious, having an unwillingness to spend money, or being stingy.

skullduggery” (also written with one “l”) – Dictionary.com defines “skullduggery” as trickery; it’s an informal word used to describe an underhanded deal.

brummagem” – This is a word that refers the English dialect spoken in Birmingham, or just relating to the city of Birmingham as a whole.

There you have it! 11 obscure words you can learn to spell, and impress everyone with your spelling knowledge!


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Cli-Fi Movie Awards To Honor Best Climate-Themed Movies of 2014 (Guest Post)


Dan Bloom


Film festivals and film awards program are taking over the world, and one of the newest entries in the movie awards category is the first annual Cli-Fi Movie Awards Program, dubbed “The Cliffies” and set for global announcement in early 2015.

The Cliffies will recognize and honor the best cli fi movies of 2014, with categories for best director, best actors, best lines of dialog and best movie.

Sci fi movies, move over, here comes The Cliffies.

Maybe you have heard of the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival, the Food Film Fest or the International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World. Yes, movie festivals are like never before and they are growing year by year.

The Cliffies hopes to shine a bright Hollywood spotlight on the new crop of cli fi movies from both major studios and independents. Among the Cliffies nominations are: “Snowpiercer” from South Korea, “Into the Storm” from Hollywood and “The Rover” from Australia. Awards will also be given to films that best highlighted current climate issues,
and those that created the best marketing and PR strategies to raise awareness of the movies in relation to the very real issues of climate change and global warming.

The Cliffies are not just about glamor and glitz — and movie stars and famous directors. The Cli Fi Movie Awards intends to wake up the world about the very real and pressing issues humankind faces in regard to the what may very well be the Climapocalypse some 30 to 50 generations from now.

How do I know so much about The Cliffies? I created the event, and I am shepherding it to public awarenss worldwide as the awards are announced just around the same time as the Oscars are handed out in Los Angeles in late February 2015. I think it’s February 26.

Nominations are still welcome from film fans around the world, and just send your selections to danbloom@gmail.com with the subject line ”The Cliffies”.

“People are always searching for communities that are like-minded,” Jane Rosenthal, a founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, told the New York Times over the summer. “Niche festivals allow every oddity and every interest to come together. There are ones for every cultural group, for human rights, for religions. And then you have obscure interests you can curate for: from sumo wrestlers to reptilian advocates, agro-terrorists to films that the grand rabbi has blessed.”

She didn’t mention The Cliffies because she had not heard about them yet, but she has now. And her Tribeca festival partner Robert DeNiro has heard of the Cliffies now, too.

In Britain this summer, Sam Roberts of the New York Times reported, the Mental Health Foundation screened 15 films during an ”Anxiety Arts Festival”.

“The history of film is the history of anxiety,” the film program curator, Jonathan Keane, was quoted as saying, recalling that in 1896, filmgoers supposedly fled screaming from a Lumiere brothers movie because they believed the steam locomotive on the screen was careening right at them.

The Cliffies will not be a high-anxiety concept awards program. No, the awards will be grounded in our anxiety of the future of climate change and global warming, but they will honor those cli fi movies that best tried to tell the story in the way that movies can do, with
sound and light, with music and storytelling. In color.

An annual awards program, The Cliffies might very well pave the way for cli fi movies to be recognized and honored as the Oscars someday, too. Stay tuned.


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Reference Check: What Employers Do Before Hiring You


You have a killer resume and your first interview went surprisingly well. Now, the HR staff will delve into the danger zone: they will be contacting your references.

To ensure this step also goes well, you need to consider a few factors before even sending in your application. First, you need to decide who you choose to be your reference.

What does your future employer look for in a background and reference check?

  • Duties and responsibilities during your current or former jobs

  • Performance and communication skills

  • Salary verification

  • Mastery of skills pertaining to potential new job

  • Professional conduct

  • Academic qualifications

  • Strengths and weaknesses

  • Verifying the validity of resume claims

  • Confirming a company culture fit

Given the issues the HR staff will focus on when contacting your references, you need to make sure the references you’ve chosen see eye to eye with you as to what kind of employee you were.

Contact your potential references and let them know you’re considering them as a reference. If you sense some reluctance, you should probably contact another reference candidate.

Choose people and former employers that know you well so that they will paint an honest, positive image of who you are and what your strengths are.

There’s no right way to contact a potential reference. It can be done by email, phone, and even in person. It goes without saying that you need to contact your reference before the hiring manager does. Inform them about your intention and if they agree, give them some more information on the company you are trying to get in. It’s best to have fewer good references than having multiple references that include some bad ones, as this could eliminate you from the hiring process.

When does the reference and background check take place?

There’s no fixed schedule for when a reference check is made. Most companies run a reference check post-interview to narrow down the field, and perhaps one more after they’ve selected the finalists to be their job candidates.

Other companies follow a different policy, in which they run a background check before even calling up candidates for an interview to ensure they’re not wasting HR personnel’s time on unqualified, unfit candidates.

To be prepared for both scenarios it’s best that you have references available in case these are requested from you during the interview, or right after the interview is over.

For extra interview points, bring a copy of your reference list along to the interview and be ready to hand one to your interviewer. It makes a good first impression to see someone act proactively and in such an organized manner. Ensure it has no typos and spelling mistakes in it, though! Even if it’s just a list of names, make sure it’s as professional and well-formatted as your resume and cover letter. Good luck.


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Dr. Michael Kindler Talks About The Value of Digital Learning Technology in Mount Stromlo High School

Dr. Michael Kindler


Mount Stromlo High School welcomes both Australian and international students to its Canberra campus, where classes incorporate 21st-century technology with comprehensive education in the timeless skills of mathematics, language, humanities, and the arts. Dr. Michael Kindler, Mount Stromlo’s principal, recognizes the importance of understanding past, present, and future in order to develop a truly effective educational program. We asked him to explain his philosophy.

UT: On the school’s website, you mention that the school received a powerful telescope from the ANU Mt. Stromlo Research Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and you speak about the connection between the past and the future. How does that perspective inform the way classes are taught at your school?

The first and obvious answer is that our school is an early adopter of Science in the Australian Curriculum. In this regard, Astronomy lends itself ideally as this science includes physics, chemistry, mathematics, archaeology, even history. What the School has to consider is that by the time students complete year 10, they must have had broad exposure to a balanced science curriculum as prescribed. This they indeed have. Where our school is able to capitalize on the partnership with the ANU Research Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, is in several ways. One way is because the ANU gave us the Dobsonian telescope. Another way is two years ago, 6 June 2012, we ensured that every student saw the Transit of Venus, a once in a life time event. A third way this year is that through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), entitled The 10 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe, developed by Nobel Laureate Prof Brian Schmidt, 17 students undertook this one semester course, all delivered online. The Assessment was also completed online, and 10 students passed. The course required considerable mathematics, and was quite challenging.

Arguably the best way an astronomical perspective informs the way we teach is by having teachers who are enthusiastic about the last great frontier – space! We are fortunate to have a Science teacher who is an ardent astronomer himself, and his enthusiasm and energy infects students. That, and having several parents who are astronomers because they work for the ANU and live in the area also helps. Astronomy is a growth industry, given that everyone’s GPS is synchronised to a commercial satellite or other. We deliver our curriculum using online textbooks, YouTube clips and teacher generated materials as well as digital learning objects which are accessed through Scootle from Education Resources Australia, a data base of units of work that most Australian educational jurisdictions contribute to. Even textbooks can now be purchased at a fraction of a hard copy price. Pearson is a leading Australian publisher and not the only one in this regard. MacMillan and Oxford and Longman are not far behind.

UT: Rather than focusing solely on core subjects like reading, writing, and science, you actively promote students’ involvement in music, theatre, and visual arts. Doesn’t this mean that you have less time to teach key skills like mathematics and literacy?

This question is predicated on a couple of fallacies. The first is not recognising that students who are proficient in the arts and physical education are not also proficient in literacy and numeracy. The fact is that research shows a correlation between students who are successful in one learning domain are also successful in another. In other words, success breeds success, or success in one area does not preclude success in another. This is the principle that students can be polymaths, skilled in several learning areas. The other fallacy is to believe that one domain gets more time than another. In fact, the current timetable is one that holds parity of esteem, that is, equal time for each learning area without privileging any one over another, or short changing one for the sake of the other learning area.

UT: You’ve gotten rid of your blackboards, and provided all classrooms with interactive whiteboards instead – and the whole school is a wireless network hub. Did you experience any resistance or concern from the teachers or parents about this emphasis on digital learning technology?

The short answer is that holding this approach was a process of self-selection: if teachers did not like this approach, they were free to leave or transfer. In fact, this did not happen. Issuing every teacher with an iPad was well received, because it extended their teaching repertoire. Every teacher further has an Apple Lap top computer issued to them with which they can work in a dual operating system (by selecting Apple OS or Windows). This jurisdiction’s system-wide network further is such that using Enclave, that is a remote access Citrix digitally based secure device, they can log in from home into the school’s network. This gives them access to reports, data bases and provides enormous variety of ways of working anywhere, anytime. In practice, it is true to say that some teachers take to technology faster than others. So train the trainer is an approach we take that gets everyone mobile with this, some sooner, some later. Not going down this path jeopardises a work environment where the kids are digitally more dexterous than the teachers, and we can’t let that happen, can we?! So we are discussing nothing less than a paradigm shift by which we move an entire learning community forward, ensuring a quality education for every child.

UT: Students are generally 12 or 13 years old when they arrive at Mt. Stromlo, and in today’s world that means they’ve had around ten years of experience with computers, keyboards, and digital devices in general. But do they all know how to type properly, or do you still see a lot of thumb-texting and two-finger hunt-and-pecking?

Speaking as a practicing (less than 10 finger) typist of several decades of experience, my (what you might imply to be a) finger dexterity or mobility impediment has not prevented me from doing my job, completing my PhD or living a rewarding and fulfilling life. In fact, I regret back in the 1970s having to teach typing, because that skill has taken care of itself. There are many typing software applications and software versions available on the market for those who want to upskill themselves, and most of these are free. Some do, some type however they best see fit. We do not discriminate for or against a 10 finger typist, or a digitally less successfully adjusted typist. What we are interested in is the quality of what is written. The meaning precedes form, if you like to express this in terms of Platonic philosophy.

UT: You have implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program in the school, with the goal of improving student outcomes at all grade levels. How does making sure every student has an iPad in the classroom achieve this goal?

There are several reasons.

One is that iPads are very user friendly, appearing to make certain tasks easier than traditional paper and pen. For example, we have a Learning Management System in place which is electronic storage in the cloud. This allows students to keep an online diary, assignment, unit outlines and feedback from teachers all in the one place. To our surprise, we have found that students with learning difficulties have taken to this like a duck to water! So have our Year 7 students, and parents have been most supportive and have come to the party by purchasing the device. Secondly, we have certain learning programs, such as Mathletics and Spelladrome which can be accessed anywhere, anytime and this expands the learning environment for students. Thirdly, an iPad, coupled to a wireless router, makes researching and generating work that much more convenient. Of course students already have access to laptops at school and at home, having an iPad is simply adding another learning tool to their learning satchel. It is our experience that the predominant technology trend if for individuals to prefer personalizing their digital devices (such as by customizing what Apps they do and do not want on their device). I recall a time back in the 1980s when word processors became fashionable that contain spellchecking software. Anything that makes learning easier is to be embraced. In this vein, unlike more traditional schools, we allow students to bring their smart phones to school. Provided they abide by the traffic light system (red, not in this lesson, amber, only with teacher permission, green used for educational purposes allowed – no social networking).

Why are we digital? Because the digital revolution is the sequel to the white goods revolution. It is here to stay, it is user-friendly, enables instant messaging, and generally makes students their parents and teachers more connected with the world. Prof Geoff Blainey coined the phrase the Tyranny of Distance by which he referred to Australia being far from the more settled and developed continents and therefore developmentally and culturally delayed. Well with Skype, email and instant messaging this is no longer the case! Even movies can now get sent around the globe with a touch of a keystroke or mouse. That includes blogs, news, self-generated film, etc. The 21st Century is already here, so we need to meet the learning expectations of the NEXT generation!

Cross-posted on the Ultimate Typing blog.


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Learning Spelling In A Fun Way To Promote Long-Term Memory


Can spelling improve your long-term memory? Perhaps. Spelling is a complex cognitive learning activity that brings together many brain functions. The speller has to be able to store information about a word in both short- and long-term memory; they have to know how to read and write the words; and they have to be able to learn to spell words correctly using phonological and etymological clues. Spelling is not just for children, obviously! Adults who are learning to spell new words can in fact boost their memory performance as this process exercises the brain.

Many people believe that since computers and other devices can spell or spellcheck for us then spelling should become less of a priority in schools. If an online app can trace and auto-correct your misspellings, why waste so many hours learning the difference between words such as “principle” and “principal”, or “effect” and “affect”? And do you really have to learn how to spell “lachrymose” to be successful?

Ultimate Spelling™, a software developed by self-development software company eReflect, helps people of all ages learn how to spell. The system is especially attractive to younger spellers because the software helps users to learn how to spell through a series of fun and learning-oriented games and activities. Spelling can improve long-term memory in children as well as adults, since in the process of learning how to spell a word the speller puts to work various cognitive processes, including those associated with language processing and information storing.

When a speller is learning to write down a word with its proper spelling, they are utilizing their kinesthetic and cognitive faculties to do so. Learning to spell is a demanding cognitive exercise, because the speller has to coordinate the senses of sight and sound as well as motor skills in order to learn how a word is pronounced, spelled, and written.

Making the connection between how the concept of a house is spelled “house” and pronounced “/hous/” and connecting that to the fact that spelling out the word means that the pen-holding hand has to go through the same motor sequence every time involves multiple areas of the brain. However, even this complex process is something that we start to master at a young age and at a fairly impressive rate. When we move onto more complex words, it’s even easier to understand the true role of long-term memory in developing spelling skills.

Which is the correct spelling?

“airloom” – “heirloom”

“alegance” –  “allegiance”

“crusifixion” –  “crucifiction”

“Leprecan” – “leprechaun”

You can practice these and many other words many times but unless you effectively store their orthography into your long-term memory, you will always be in doubt whether there’s a silent “h” in “rhyme” or not.

Spelling cements words into our long-term memory, and it allows us to store thousands of words in a photographic-like manner, so that when we chat or write these words down, we instantly understand how the sounds corresponds to letters and the letters to meaning.

Many parents fear that their children will find spelling difficult to learn, and that it can never be truly mastered. This is far from the truth, however. Spelling can be both quickly and easily mastered given the right tools and guidance are available to the speller.

State-of-the-art programs like Ultimate Spelling™, that are based on the latest research and spelling technology, ensure the student becomes a proficient speller that adeptly utilizes all of the various cognitive faculties involved to ensure that accurate spelling is a skill that will stay with them for the rest of their life.


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Why Ultimate Spelling Made TopTenReviews.com


Here at TopTenReviews we reviewed Ultimate Spelling and awarded it the Gold Award with an overall rating of 9.88 out of 10. TopTenReviews praised the “in-depth progress reports” and large database of available words. The overall verdict was that the software would be very helpful for children and young adults who want to improve their spelling, although it might not appeal to very young kids.

Teaches a Wide Range of Words

Ultimate Spelling’s database contains more than 160,000 words, which are organized into lists so that learners can easily decide which words to focus on. There are lists for children in grades one to 10, as well as specialized lists that help students prepare for the GRE, SAT, or TOEFL exams. Users can also build their own lists of words to suit their own purposes. TopTenReviews praised the wide range of utility that this spelling software provides. The review also noted that Ultimate Spelling teaches far, far more words than any of the other top-rated spelling software products.

Teaches More than Just Spelling

As well as teaching users to spell words correctly, Ultimate Spelling also teaches the pronunciation and meaning of words. Each word in the database is accompanied by links to web resources that explain the word’s meaning and context. The Word Explorer feature connects words to their synonyms, which allows learners to focus on particular subject areas and improve their vocabulary. Users can even click the Etymology tab to find out about the origins of words, which is an interesting feature.

Fun to Use

Ultimate Spelling was one of the most fun to use. The spelling software includes a number of fun games, including Save Stick Man, Crazy Clues, Super Scrambler, Word Search, Junior Scrabble and Word Tag. These games give learners an opportunity to test their knowledge and have fun playing with words. We were also impressed by the two key learning exercises of Ultimate Spelling, Spelling Workout and Flash Cards. Spelling Workout gives users a chance to correct their mistakes, so that they learn from them and don’t keep making the same errors over and over again.

Easy to Track Progress

TopTenReviews gave Ultimate Spelling a full 10 out of 10 rating for its progress reports. Users can view their progress, with graphs showing how many words they have mastered, as well as their spelling success rate. The spelling software also monitors how much time users have spent on each type of activity. Multiple users can create accounts and track their progress individually.

Helpful Technical Support

Ultimate Spelling offers technical support to help users who are having problems. As noted in the review, it is easy to connect to an online helpdesk, which provides a useful knowledge base and FAQs. Users whose questions are not answered on the website can ask a question via an online email form.

Summary

Spelling software is useful for kids, teenagers and adults alike. Ultimate Spelling uses a range of engaging exercises and fun games to improve spelling skills while improving vocabulary and teaching users about the meaning, origins and pronunciation of words. TopTenReviews concluded that very young children are unlikely to get the most benefit out of this program, but many older children and young adults will find it an engaging and highly educational piece of software.


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Reviewers Provide Extensive Assessment Of Spelling Software


Many ESL students consider the English language to be both hard and unpredictable. The primary reason for this is its spelling rules — or rather the lack thereof. Spelling troubles native speakers and ESL learners of English alike because it poses great challenges. One main reason for this is the fact that English words are often not pronounced the way they are spelled; there’s no conformity or any seeming agreement between orthography and pronunciation. There’s a famous poem attributed to Richard Krogh that perfectly encapsulates this arbitrariness of the English spelling, and here’s an excerpt that shows just some of the spelling/pronunciation mismatches in the language:

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?

Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

The English language has been called challenging by many people around the world, and the less charitable also call it “absurd” in view of its spelling idiosyncrasies.

That’s why many people turn to spelling programs to improve their spelling skills. The mere fact that adults as well as children seek to hone their spelling skills is proof that learning to spell is indeed a big challenge. Ultimate Spelling is a spelling solution offered to people worldwide. Several reviewers of the program reveal whether it’s a worthwhile investment.

Top Ten Reviews’ verdict: Ultimate Spelling™ worthy of No. 1 spot

The editors at Top Ten Reviews have recently released a series of spelling software reviews. Among several other spelling programs, Ultimate Spelling™ was part of the review lineup. This program ended up at the top position thanks to its combination of cutting-edge technology and user-friendliness — a unique combination of features that guarantees spelling mastery.

Among the other software reviewed, like Spelling Made Simple, Spell Track and Spelling Blaster, Ultimate Spelling™ stood out with its 140,000 word database and its plethora of games, activities, and lessons people can learn to spell with.

The software ratings by Top Ten Reviews make immediately evident the many ways that Ultimate Spelling™ is effectively without a rival. As the editors at Top Ten Reviews conclude, “This spelling software is the best program for kids, teenagers and even adults.”

Vocabulary.co.il: “Ultimate Spelling is learning to spell made very simple.”

Another respected English language site, Vocabulary.co.il, has offered an assessment of Ultimate Spelling™’s efficiency and suitability in teaching spelling to young and older learners.

Pointing out the necessity for perfect spelling skills in today’s world, the Vocabulary.co.il editors explain that among many spelling software products they tried, only Ultimate Spelling™ is suitable for learners of all ages and spelling levels.

The reviewers at Vocabulary.co.il explain that Ultimate Spelling™ perfectly combines learning with fun. This ensures the user stays motivated and inspired to keep practicing with Ultimate Spelling™ until they truly master spelling skills.

The program features an impressive word database of more than 140,000 words, and many activities and courses to ensure that no matter what level a user is on, or which learning needs they have to reach their goals, they can find compelling practice material to boost their spelling skills with.

Both reviews by Vocabulary.co.il and TopTenReviews illustrate that Ultimate Spelling™ is a well-designed software that presents cutting-edge features aimed at accelerating the learning process and giving users the essential linguistic arsenal to become competent users of the English language.


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What Ruins Your Writing?


Have you ever stopped to think about your writing skills? If you have, your first thought was probably the words of your favorite (or least favorite) English teacher who was always scolding you about something. Was it word choice? Your lack of orthography skills?

For many people vocabulary and spelling are the two issues that tend to ruin otherwise well-crafted content. If you’re one of these people, you’ll definitely identify with the problems discussed in this article. For example, you may be frustrated by misspellings that seem to appear in your writing no matter how careful you are and how thoroughly you proofread afterward. It’s hard to understand how you can be a good writer and still mix up words that are spelled with only one letter difference, words such as “complement” and “compliment.” If you’re truly frustrated it’s because the mistakes just seem to go on and on.

This frustration is even worse, now that writers are so much in the public eye, and where every piece of digital information we put out there gets scrutinized – often harshly – by others. It’s important that what we put out there for the entire world to see is of the utmost quality. It’s sometimes impossible to find misspellings and misused vocabulary if you don’t have an eye for it. Thankfully, spellcheckers and online grammar services help many people avoid such awkward and embarrassing mistakes.

Or do they? Actually, these computer tools do not provide a long-term sustainable solution. You cannot rely on others to proofread your work. It’s not good to depend on outside editors, whether real people or word processing functions. In fact, it can cost you a lot of money and time in the end.

The trick is to improve your spelling and vocabulary skills once and for all. To enhance your editing skills you should try taking a language class at your community center or local college.

You can also invest in a more discreet, DIY solution: a language improvement program to build your vocabulary and enhance your spelling skills at the same time.

A good vocabulary building software program will help you enrich your vocabulary with new words and concepts for better communication. It will also ensure you learn the correct spelling of these new words, and completely master the orthography of the words whose definition you already know.

So if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to improve your editing skills so that your online and offline writing doesn’t suffer (and make English teachers furious) then invest in a vocabulary builder like Ultimate Vocabulary to expand your working lexicon and improve your orthography skills.

When good vocabulary and spelling skills are in place, you will be able to quickly and effectively proofread your own writing and get rid of embarrassing language usage errors before they’re published for all the world to see.

Don’t forget that polished, error-free online content promotes you as an authority in your niche and makes people value you, and what you contribute, online and through your business.


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Have You Heard Of These Words?


Language is magic. Being a living entity, language is the playground for wit, creativity, debate, and passionate banter. It never ceases to evolve, and the words that people create are a constant surprise. Spelling bees serve to demonstrate language mastery, but how often do you come across spelling bees on newly-created tech, urban slang and web buzzwords?

Urban Dictionary is an open web-based dictionary where anyone can input a word and its definition. The words are, for the most part, slang words – the category of words that tend to evolve the most quickly. This online dictionary has more than 7 million definitions and word descriptions that are predominantly witty, pop-culture terms and concepts. One of these words, “brofessional,” refers to a young man dedicated to “bro-only” activities, like partying, gaming, and flirting. Another newly-coined word is “cleptopenia,” the unconscious and unintended stealing of pens at schools, public services and corporate settings.

The 2014 spelling bee champions from this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe, were called upon by Mashable.com to spell some of the made-up words found in Urban Dictionary.

The two young men (future brofessionals?) successfully spelled “cleptopenia,” and then were asked to spelling the word “Googleheimer.” They spelled this word correctly, too. In case you were wondering, “Googleheimer” means the situation when you want to Google something but by the time you have access to a computer you no longer remember what you wanted to Google.

Crowny,” a word that describes an object or person that’s highly desirable or of premium quality (that is, deserving the status of being or belonging to royalty), was another Urban Dictionary word successfully spelled by one of the two spelling champions.

Procrastineating”, “Feeling Drake” and “textpectation” were three more words that challenged Sriram and Ansun. The two proved their spelling skills mastery once again, managing to correctly spell these urban slang words. Although the definition of many of these was rather hard to guess, Sriram and Ansun proved that spelling skills help you estimate new words’ orthography with a high percentage of accuracy.

This video shows the two spelling champs using their spelling-honed deductive skills and showing off their abilities, something that should inspire anyone who has a hard time figuring out the spelling of these or other words.

Urban Dictionary words reflect the wit, creativity and ever-changing status of the English language. Technology has given a lot of new official and informal words and concepts. For instance, “PHOBAR” is an acronym for Photoshopped Beyond All Recognition, a word meant to describe images of people that are circulating in social media where the images have been heavily manipulated and airbrushed so that the person in the picture is hardly recognizable.

Can you guess the meaning of the words “snowhawk” and “professional celebrity” – and could you spell them correctly, too?


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7 Hilariously Created Spelling Mistakes Ever In Social Media Sites!

1) What’s Wrong With C-O-L-O-G-N-E?

 

2) This Surely Made My Day

 

3) Glad It Was Not Scissor’s Salad! LOL

 

4) Time Will Heal Everything… Eventually?

 

5) Hippos Don’t Go To Church

 

6) Looking For A Job? Spell Words Correctly

 

7) Spelling Should Be Practiced!


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