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spelling test - Manifestos of the Moon

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Good speller? Try this test to see if you can pick out the correctly spelled word. Is it seperate or separate? Villify or vilify? occurrance or occurance? Are you embarassed - or are you embarrassed? These are not easy, especially the last ten.

http://www.nicholls.edu/wac/Handouts/spelling.pdf

I actually did pretty well (mostly by luck) and missed only 6 (or, as I prefer to say, only 5 since for one "Merriam-Webster lists both as correct" which is good enough for me). Interesting, they claim that "the below-averge speller will only get 6 of the 50 right" - pretty bad since by randomly guessing you should get around 25 right.
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From:nausved
Date:April 20th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
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I missed 13. Some of these are words I had never seen written, and there were a couple I'd never heard of at all -- no wonder they are misspelled so frequently!

"Occurrence" in particular annoys me. Either it should be "occurrence" and "occurr", or "occurence" and "occur".

Also, it doesn't seem to me to be of increasing difficulty as implied. For example, I would definitely put "nickel" much, much lower on the list.

They should have thrown in "archaeology" (or just about any word containing "ae") and "desperate" (to throw off people who can spell "separate").
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From:nausved
Date:October 30th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I mean "nickel" should be much higher on the list, with the easier words.
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