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Spelling (2)


English is one of the worst languages to spell; and there are good reasons behind this which we'll write about later

But for now, here are a few examples:

  • Why isn't 'phonetic' spelt the way it sounds?
  • Why is it so hard to remember how to spell 'mnemonic'?
  • Why is 'dyslexic' so hard to spell?
  • Synonym: A word you can use when you can't spell the other one. (Is there another word for a synonym?)
  • Is it a coincidence that the only 15 letter word that can be spelt without repeating a letter is 'uncopyrightable'?
  • Why can't you make another word using all the letters in 'anagram'?
  • Why do some people type 'cool' as 'kewl'?
  • Why isn't 'palindrome' spelt the same way backwards? 

English quirks index

A palindrome is a word that is the same whether read left to right or right to left. For example 'racecar' and 'kayak'. Composing palindromic sentences is a popular pastime for those boooring Monday morning meetings, and include:

Borrow or rob?
Do geese see God?
We panic in a pew.
Never odd or even.
Ana, nab a banana.
A nut for a jar of tuna.
Was it Eliot's toilet I saw?
Dennis and Edna sinned.
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
Murder for a jar of red rum.
Madam in Eden, I'm Adam.
A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!
Go hang a salami. I'm a lasagna hog.
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?

...and our favourite:

The space ship maneuvered to the middle of the football field. A ramp lowered down and an alien walked down to the ground and said, "Dias dnad nuorgeh tot nwod deklaw neila nad nanwod derewolp marad leifl lab too feht foeld dimeht ot der evuen ampih secap seht!"


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