Friday, October 30, 2009

Spelling Challenge


Not only is it Friday and time to test your spelling skills, it's the LAST Friday of the month, and the day before Halloween!


This week I'm beginning a new way of challenging your spelling skills. Rather than give you three choices, I'm going to list, as usual, 10 words and a bonus word...what's different is that YOU have to provide the correct spelling. So just grab a little sticky note and a pen, write down the words, spelled correctly, and as usual the answers are listed below.

Also, at the very end of this post are the words that were misspelled in yesterday's Thorough Thursday challenge.

Of course you know...



1. begger
2. changable
3. commitment
4. dominent
5. tempramental
6. tangable
7. prevelant
8. quarantine
9. susseptible
10. vengance


If you spell all 10 words correctly
you get a GOLD star!

Gold Star

If you spell the bonus word correctly
you get the prized, very special, and much coveted
Crystal Clear Proofing PURPLE star!
Purple Star

For spelling all the words, including the bonus word correctly
you get a GOLD and a PURPLE star!
I know! It's exciting, right?!


1. beggar
2. changeable
3. commitment
4. dominant
5. temperamental
6. tangible
7. prevalent
8. quarantine
9. susceptible
10. vengeance


So, how'd you do? Now I didn't say all the words would be misspelled, only that your challenge was to provide the correct spelling. Numbers 3 and 8 were spelled correctly in the first part of the challenge. Did I "catch" any of you?

to those of you who earned stars!


Now, here's yesterday's Thorough Thursday post in its entirety, with the errors corrected and highlighted in red.


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

The distribution 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, which 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 frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant 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 appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.


My wishes to all of you for a fantastic, fun, safe weekend - and



I'd like to add a note here at the end of this post to genuinely thank Karen for having honored me by passing on the Kreativ Blogger award to me today! If you haven't done so already, visit her blog! Karen is a wonderful lady whose posts are interesting and heartfelt! I'm so happy we found each other! Thank you Karen!


  1. Goofed up the Thursday challenge and only missed #8 above. I knew commitment was spelled right, but not quarantine!

  2. Yay! Two stars, I'm "Awesome!" and got all 7 errors. And HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you too, my dear. :)

    Marvin D Wilson

  3. I'm shocked I got them all right today. Got them all yesterday too. You're a tricky minx! And thanks to Marvin's post this week I tok the actually out of this comment before posting ;)

  4. Hm,as I read the top list, I did wonder if some were spelled correctly, so my thinking's clear this morning! A whole latte fun going on over here, enjoyed browsing ...

  5. You were tricky today, Crystal! I did get both my stars, but I had to look at one of the correctly-spelled ones for a while. :)

    Happy Halloween to you! And I hope you're recovering well.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  6. Sneaky trick! It did give me a moment's pause as I looked at those words and thought "But, that's how you spell it..."

    Feel better quick.



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