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I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not the greatest speller in the world. Perhaps it’s a product of being brought up in a world of spell checkers and Google, which means that the correct answer is only a quick click away.
Some of the words that have been difficult for me in the past are ‘necessary’ and ‘definitely’. But with both of these words I’ve found just a little bit of effort is all I needed to get it down.
However, there is one word, a word so dastardly, a word so stubborn, that it has plagued me for years – literally as the two tweets from 2013 and 2014 below will attest to:
For some reason, I just cannot seem to remember how to spell ‘occasionally/occasion’. It always takes me three attempts. I’ve got the ‘ls’ down, but it’s the cs and ss that trip me up.
It seems that I’m not the only one with this problem though. Yourdictionary.com says it’s in the top 100 misspelled words. Gingersoftware.com shows 8 different misspellings for the word, and this blog post talks about the author’s own problems with the word.
There are a few things that you can do to help you remember tricky spellings. For example, find a word within the tricky word that you already know how to spell. This is what worked for me with definitely. I knew how to spell finite, and once I knew that, I could remember definitely. Unfortunately, no such luck with occasion. Another is through the use of mnemonics.
I found this post, which has a good idea to help you remember the correct spelling:
On occasion you’ll travel over two seas. So you repeat the letter c in occasion.
But it was this suggestion on a forum that cracked it for me:
Imagine a Mexican [or other Spanish speaker] person saying yes enthusiastically: “Oh, Si, Si!”.
(I’ll let you click on the link to find out the rather crass context in which it was presented.) I think I’d rather remember it the way Manuel speaks to Basil Fawlty.
Here’s hoping that I
ocassionally occassionally occasionally get it correct from here on.
I’d be really interested to hear about any words others have had difficulty spelling, and what, if anything, you’ve done to help you remember.