Friday, November 6, 2009

Spelling Challenge

Fun Friday

It's Fun Friday's Spelling Challenge! And, at the very end of this post are the words that were misspelled in yesterday's Thorough Thursday challenge.

Do you have your sticky note and pen ready? Great! Let's get started! Write down the correct spelling for this week's words. As usual the answers are listed below.


1. athiest
2. bellweather
3. concensus
4. dumbell
5. exhilerate
6. hierachy
7. innoculate
8. liason
9. occurrance
10. pronounciation


Now lets see if you can add to that collection of virtual stars you have!
As you know, If you spell all 10 words correctly
you get a sparkling GOLD star! (Isn't it pretty?)

Gold Star

If you spell the bonus word correctly
you get the prized, very special, much coveted and very beautiful
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!
(And you ROCK!)


1. atheist
2. bellwether
3. consensus
4. dumbbell
5. exhilarate
6. hierarchy
7. inoculate
8. liaison
9. occurrence
10. pronunciation


So? How'd you do this week? How many of those stunning stars do you get to add to your collection? To those of you who earned stars...


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


Early History

The practice of making extra copies of manuscripts goes back to ancient times; in Rome there were booksellers—Horace mentions the Sosii, who were apparently brothers—and the copying of books by trained slaves reached considerable proportions. With the introduction of printing into Europe in the middle of the 15th century, book publishing sprang into lively existence. The author, the printer, and the publisher of a work were sometimes all the same person, as in the case of members of the Estienne family in France in the 16th cent. The differentiation of printer, publisher, and bookseller appeared early, however, as patrons of literature had books printed for distribution and booksellers had their printing done by others to meet the growing demand.

The Emergence of Publishing Houses

The first important publishing house (1583–1791) was that of the Elzevir family in Holland. The Elzevirs were businessmen rather than scholars, and the business of bookselling grew as literacy increased. Concurrently, printing, publishing, and bookselling spread learning across the West. Religious controversy bred polemics, and arguments printed in broadsides, pamphlets, and books were handed out zealously and bought eagerly by partisans. An interest in knowing the future also increased the amount of literature issued by bookseller-publishers, and almanacs and the like were issued for the wider public.

Between the Spelling Challenge and the Thorougness Challenge, you all deserve a little recognition! So let's spread some of that famous Crystal Clear Proofing HAPPY and award everyone for their efforts with the fun, new SMILEY STAR!


And wishing you all a very



  1. Well, not a lot of stars today!

    Maybe I should stop trying these so early in the morning.

    Okay, maybe I should just admit I'm a lousy speller! LOL

  2. I could easily correct bellwether, but I can't claim a victory since I thought the word was spelled with an a. :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. I might have missed inoculate. It looked 'right' with 2 n's, but since the test said all the words were misspelled, I got it 'right.'

    So I don't know if I should take the purple star. But I will!

  4. Bellwether got me, dang it. But I DID get all the errors right on the thorough thingy. ;)

    Have a wonderful weekend yourself, Crystal!

    Marvin D Wilson

  5. Elizabeth and Marvin: The majority of people spell bellwether with the "a!" (Congrats on the "thorough thingie" Marvin!)

    Terry: It DOES look right as innoculate, doesn't it? I catch myself several times on that one! You go right on ahead and take that purple star! I managed to get a couple tough ones in this week!

  6. Well I missed the bonus word, but I did get the others and I got all the ones Thursday.

    On Thursday I thought there might be two more because of bookselling. I've seen that as two seperate words and with a hyphen, so I wasn't sure until you emailed me. That would be a great topic, words that can be written different ways.

  7. Chris: You have addressed a good point. There are innumerable words that have variations of accepted spelling; however booksellers (or bookselling) is not one of them. If there is more than one acceptable way to spell a word, the dictionary will note: variant of, see also... or also...(spelled as). Not the case with this word.

    I agree it would make for a good post. Often the reason there are variations in spelling can be attributed how the word is used - as a noun, verb or as an adjective.

    Many times we think a word is spelled a certain way simply because so many people misspell it so often that we become accustomed to seeing it that way.

    Other times, accepted spellings change. A good example is email. Initially spelled E-mail, then e-mail - due to the frequency of use and the general populace spelling it as email, now all are recognized as accepted forms of spelling and listed as such in dictionaries and other reference books.

  8. Thanks for the feedback.I use email, but honestly it's just laziness on my part ;)

  9. CC - Oh I always use "email!" I think it's the most widely used form...

  10. Bellwether was my waterloo. Ah well.


  11. All I can say is thank goodness for spellcheckers.

  12. Yikes! The editor struck out with "bellwether". Won't ever forget it again ... burned into my spelling synapses. Thanks, Crystal!


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