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It's a made-up word used to trick students: Words That Just Look Wrong
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Feb 1st 2008 edited

Inspired by recent comments in a thread elsewhere.

Words like triple - surely there should be at least two p's in there, and ideally three. And amend - which I constanly need to do when I use two m's.

More as I think of them.

Feb 1st 2008

buses

Or is it busses? I can't remember because both look bad.

Feb 1st 2008

Obsession. I could have sworn there were two ss in the beginning. Obssession. That seems better.

Feb 1st 2008 edited

I think busses has to do with kissing.

Feb 1st 2008 edited

For some reason, I always spelled gist as jist and was just now corrected on it. I feel like an idiot.

Feb 1st 2008

I wouldn't feel bad about it, unless the person who corrected you was a retard.

Feb 1st 2008

The word business. You don't pronounce it buss-ee-ness. Why spell it that way?

Feb 1st 2008

This is me deciding you are asking a rhetorical question and don't actually want the answer.

Feb 1st 2008

buoy

Feb 1st 2008

Wednesday

Feb 1st 2008

envelop/envelope

I can never remember which is correct.

Feb 1st 2008

Really? Basic rules of pronunciation should guide you on that one. It doesn't break any.

Feb 1st 2008

Silhouette

Feb 1st 2008

But then I second-guess myself: is it spelled the way it's pronounced, or the opposite of the way it's pronounced?

Never underestimate my capacity to second-guess myself.

Feb 1st 2008

Never underestimate my capacity to second-guess myself.

Are you sure about that?

Feb 1st 2008 edited

I think he needs another opinion....

Feb 1st 2008 edited

business

I spelled it "bussiness" until like 12th grade. I took a lot of business courses in high school and more since then, in college. You'd think that every time I registered for a semester, I'd notice. You'd be wrong.

Feb 1st 2008

How come I used to be an excellent speller (even Nationally) during my early school years and now I suck? It might be too much reliance on the spellchecker. I also never learned how to type so I have to edit just about every post due to typo's.

It's the same with driving. I used to be real good with directions but now since I have depended on the navigation system for the last five years I don't pay attention to how the roads and freeways are connected anymore. I just follow whatever that lady tells me to do. I don't think I'd let her take me into a lake though, but you never know.

Feb 1st 2008

conscience

It should be spelled conshuntz.

Feb 1st 2008

Helen Hunt addresses that in As Good As It Gets.

Feb 1st 2008

February

I hate that word.

Feb 1st 2008

Or is it busses? I can't remember because both look bad.

I think you're thinking of Gary Busey. Or buss fuses.

Feb 1st 2008

I've always spelled it bidnez. Is that wrong?

Feb 1st 2008

Nah.

Feb 1st 2008

Did you learn that on the ghetto?

Feb 1st 2008

I did, I learned that on the ghetto.

Feb 1st 2008

It's all about the bizzle.

Feb 1st 2008

vacuum

I don't think I've ever typed it without the help of spell-check.

Feb 1st 2008 edited

I almost posted that as an entry, too. What's up with the extra 'U'?

Oh, another one that would make you sound funny if you pronounced it as it's spelled: Connecticut.

Feb 1st 2008

How about its denizens? Connecticutians.

I put an extra C in vaccuum every time. Or is it vaccum? No. Ought to be vakyume.

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