Spelling – Teaching Spelling – Spelling Word Lists
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
we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are
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
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
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.
And in closing,
if Father is Pop, how come Mother is not Mop?
Posted in Accents, English, Learn, Learning, Mispronunciation, Pronunciation, Spelling Words, Word Study, Words, tagged mispronounce, mispronounciation, Pronunciation, Spelling, Spelling Words, Teaching, Teaching Spelling on March 20, 2008| Leave a Comment »
Teaching Spelling – Words frequently mispronounced, or improperly accented.
If the suffix or verb ending begins with a vowel, drop the final e.
Examples: amuse + ing = amusing
Create + ity = creativity
Posted in K-12, K-12 Education, Learn, Learning, Mispronunciation, Sound, Sounds, Teach, Teacher, Teacher Development, Teachers, Teaching, Teaching Dictation, Teaching Vowels, tagged Spelling, Spelling Words, Teaching, Teaching Spelling on February 26, 2008| Leave a Comment »
Lesson 186. Words in which U is sometimes mispronounced. tulle col’umn in au’gu rate
joust sut’ure ce ru’le an
guide pup’pet vi tu’per ate
yours su’mac ac cu’mu late
ghoul ful’some co ad ju’tor
gi’aour con’duit pu’pil la ry
de but cu’cum ber in’sti tute
duc’at tru’cu lent eu re’ka
U’lan con nois seur’ cae su’ra
sup’ple ju’gu lar con’sti tute
du’ty nu’mer ous tour’na ment
Posted in K-12, K-12 Education, Learn, Learning, Mispronunciation, Sounds, Teach, Teacher, Teacher Development, Teachers, Teaching, Teaching Dictation, Teaching Vowels, Vowels, tagged Spelling, Spelling Words, Teaching, Teaching Spelling on February 25, 2008| Leave a Comment »
Lesson 185. Words in which O is sometimes mispronounced. front’ier ap ro pos’ ab do’men
plov’er vo’ca ble dis com’fit
a mour’ pos til’ion court’e ous
hov’er pre co’cious pa rot’id
sur tout’ o’o lite con do’lence
sloth’fu1 dol’or ous cog no’men
Sou chong’ ca lor’ic op po’nent
caout’choue front’is piece co ro’na
re volt’ prob’i ty col’port eur
fort’night pome gran’ate po’ta ble
com’pass sov’er eign a ro’ma