Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thoroughness Challenge

Thoroughly Thursday

Thoroughly Thursday is a weekly post where I type a couple of paragraphs that contain spelling and/or grammatical errors, and your job is to find them. The same post is repeated at the end of Fun Friday's Spelling Challenge, with the errors corrected and highlighted in red.

This is on the honor system! No spending all day, printing it out, looking up words...
you have to complete the challenge here.

Also, please keep the errors you find to yourself, rather than list them here within the post...we don't want to "help" anyone else inadvertently!

Last week your your Thoroughly Thursday paragraphs were about the origins of Halloween and its coming the America. The following is part two, again an exerpt from on some of the traditions of Halloween and why we have them. This week's Challenge contains 7 errors. Good Luck!


The American tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivties, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pasteries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.

The distrbution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, witch was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightning time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constent worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to apease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.


Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how you did!



  1. I only found six at first too but then I read read it very slowly and found the sly seventh one hiding. Very tricky.

  2. Well I found EIGHT! So there, CC! lol - no seriously I only found six until I read CC's comment and then went back and discovered the 7th. Sneaky, Crystal. Very sneeeeeeaky. ;)

    Marvin D Wilson

  3. I had to read it twice, but I found all seven. I hope. This is an interesting weekly challenge, Crystal; it shows me time and time again how easy it is for my brain to skip over mistakes.


  4. CC and Marvin: Tricky and sneaky...sounds appropriate for it being so close to Halloween! Good for you if you found them all! We'll see tomorrow! :)

    Elspeth: Thank you so much! I really appreciate the feedback as I have wondered if people like the challenges...


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