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If the suffix or verb ending begins with a vowel, drop the final e.

Examples: amuse + ing = amusing

                    Create + ity = creativity

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Lesson 187. Words properly accented on the first Syllable. 

con’strue    com’bat ant      pu’is sance
trav’erse    dis’pu tant      in’ter im
ramp’ant     gon’do la        au’top sy
ath’lete     pleth’o ra       tym’pa num
syr’inge     mis’chiev ous    wise’a cre
ex’tant      blas’phe mous    or’ches tral
brig’and     con’ver sant     im’po tent
con’cord     san’he drim      con’gru ent
dis’cord     con’tra ry       im’be cile
do’nate      pro’te an        pha’e ton
ob’long      dis’ci pline     ret’i na

Teaching Spelling – Spelling Words

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Affixes – Prefixes

Lesson 159.

Post is a Latin word, meaning after.

post’script    post-di lu’vi an    post me rid’i an
post’-date     post po si’tion     post’hu mous ly

Other words are formed by prefixing the English word post, a letter-carrier.

post’al         post’man      post’mark
post’-chaise    post’-town    post’-office
post-haste’     post’boy      post’mas ter

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Asylum for the Verbally Insane.

A portion of this is from “The English Language written by  J T O’Leary the author of the rest of this is unknown

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men, Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those, Yet hat in the plural would never be hose, And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren, But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren’t invented in England .
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham.
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? We ship by truck but send cargo by ship. We have noses that run and feet that smell. We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

So if Father is Pop, how come Mother isn’t Mop?
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Sometimes we need a chuckle over our language…especially when we’re asked to Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Spanish and Press 3 to talk to a human being…who you may not be able to understand : ) Ahhhhh, progress!

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Affixes

Lesson 147.

Ness is from the Saxon nesse, and means state or quality; as, neatness, state of being neat.

bleak’ness    smooth’ness   come’li ness
fierce’ness   numb’ness     drow’si ness
hoarse’ness   wrong’ness    naught’i ness
calm’ness     sweet’ness    wea’ri ness

The termination full adds its own meaning to the word; as, joyful, full of joy. The final l is omitted in the derivatives.

change’ful   mourn’ful   skill’ful   fan’ci ful
fright’ful   woe’ful     will’ful    pit’i ful
spite’ful    wrath’ful   aw’ful      du’ti ful

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Affixes

Lesson 146.

In adjectives, er is generally added to form the comparative, and est to
form the superlative; as, rich, richer, richest.

strict’er   fierc’est   wealth’i er   wor’thi est
broad’er    slow’est    greed’i er    read’i est
bright’er   gaunt’est   drear’i er    haugh’ti est

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Affixes

Lesson 141.

Ed, as a suffix, generally signifies did. In words like the following the
e in ed is silent, and the wards, though of two and three syllables, are
pronounced in one and two.

blazed    wedged   boiled    be reaved
drained   solved   coiled    be sieged’
hailed    called   soiled    blas phemed’
lamed     hauled   bowed     ac quired’
paved     mauled   crowned   con trol1ed’
stowed    warmed   plowed    a bused’
saved     warned   roused    ac cused’
feared    warped   scoured   com muned’
flowed    proved   soured    con fused’
glued     shoved   dodged    de coyed’
begged    loved    filled    en joyed’

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