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Ashitaka

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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2006 04:13      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
As many un-named people here seem to be spelling nazis. Here is a quick quiz to test your abilities.

Quiz me!

I only got six out of ten, and this only becuase of my knowledge of latin roots.

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9/10, but it is an American quiz [Wink]

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I got 9/10 the first time through, but then wanted to see the worst result. It took me three tries to get that, however, because I kept choosing a right answer by accident.

You got 0 out of 10 correct on your first attempt and earned one piece of the honeycomb.

Not bad, but you're still a larva compared to fellow wordsmiths.


Not bad?!? [crazy]

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9/10, but that's meaningless. Just because I can correctly identify the spelling of the words doesn't mean I can actually spell them.
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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2006 06:27      Profile for Spiderman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
"You got 10 out of 10 correct on your first attempt."

I agree with quantumfluff though, this is meaningless. While I have been something of a spelling nut since I was 8, most of these words I would not have spelled correctly in true spelling bee fashion. I just happen to be really good at recognizing incorrectly spelled words. [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
9/10, but that's meaningless. Just because I can correctly identify the spelling of the words doesn't mean I can actually spell them.

I agree that is a good point. I only scored as well as I did from recognition. Pretty pathetic.

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8/10. But it just goes to prove quantumfluff's theory of working it out - I'm almost dyslexic in my ability to spell!
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10/10 [Razz] Seig heil!
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Um. I think the test is broken. They all said, "Great!" or, "Yes!"

And then said I got 6 out of 10.

Interesting.

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9/10 Foiled on the last one!

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The first word to me was easy, I know it. The second... is a word I've never heard of. And I don't know their pronunciation system (at the top) or US word styles.

But then, if I don't know how to spell a word, I don't bloody use it :P If I want to use a fancy word (such as heretofore) and am not even sure it means what I think it does, I'll consult a dictionary instead of ending up saying something really dumb. And with the ability to look up any word with ^T (new tab), "d word", Enter, there's no excuse to make really stupid mistakes. Typos however are another matter, and depend on how much I'm concentrating, it seems. (Ditto my tendency to omit semi-colons and commas where needed!)

Being tested on whether I know words I've never heard of and would never use seems a bit weird.

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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
10/10 [Razz] Seig heil!

/me throws the goat. That makes two of us! I was a spelling bee brat when I was a child, though, so I s'pose I've got an unfair advantage.
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quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
9/10, but that's meaningless. Just because I can correctly identify the spelling of the words doesn't mean I can actually spell them.

agreed. I can't spell, at all. 6/10
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10/10.

I have no excuses for this.

uilleann: clearly you have never experienced the joy that is the GRE.

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7/10 - If only I had an american accent.. [shake head]
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quote:
You got 10 out of 10 correct on your first attempt.

Congratulations! Your knowledge of words has earned you the crown of the queen bee and all three pieces of the honeycomb!

I have a Latin language background, as well, and that definitely contributed. I can certainly admit that I wouldn't have been able to spell them sans options.

Now what should I do with all three pieces of that honeycomb. <rubbing hands deviously>

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Xanthine: Clearly it's one outstanding joy of human life that I am better off having not experienced! I suppose there is a sting in the tail of spelling bees...
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Oooh, I like the word "antediluvian"

You keep me lit like antediluvian Troy,
But one always reveres what one is bound to destroy!


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9/10. I also missed the last word. And I also agree this is meaningless, because most of these were obvious to pick out, if not spell.
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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
uilleann: clearly you have never experienced the joy that is the GRE.

*Shudders*
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Oh, the GRE was FUN!!! I wish it were longer. Or not so expensive so I could take it again for (even more) fun.

EDIT: I took the spelling quiz. All of them were words I had seen before, with the exception of the 10th word. I deliberated between b and c and chose incorrectly. I knew it was a Latin root, so I went with the Roman tendency to use Is instead of Es when assimilated into English. [Frown]

/me hangs her head in shame

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quote:
Originally posted by Spiderman:
I just happen to be really good at recognizing incorrectly spelled words.

10/10 here, too, for the same reason. I would have bombed if I had to stand up on a stage and think of the spelling myself for some of these.

Off-topic edit: Hey, my 100th post -- that's almost 3 per month since I registered! (Didn't think I was that talkative...)

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:

EDIT: I took the spelling quiz. All of them were words I had seen before, with the exception of the 10th word. I deliberated between b and c and chose incorrectly. I knew it was a Latin root, so I went with the Roman tendency to use Is instead of Es when assimilated into English. [Frown]

/me hangs her head in shame

I used the force. Try it. It works. [Wink]

Seriously though, even though my posts tend to be riddled with typos I'm pretty good at spelling. I just don't care as much as some of you.

Unless I'm trying to make a point. Then I clean things up so the grammar nazis will actually pay attention to what I'm saying.

Edit: the definitions seemed to help me far more than the pronounciation.

Edit again: where the hell did you see the ninth word before??

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The ninth word... was that autochthonous? That was the winning word from 2003 or 2004, I forget which. I tend to follow the bees since I was five people away from competing in the National Bee when I was in eighth grade. I wanted to go to the National Bee so badly, but "sybaritic" knocked me out since I had never heard of it before. If I had had my wits about me, I would've made the connection between "sybilant" and "sybaritic," but instead I spelled it "sibaritic."

Oh well. It makes for a good story to tell my grandkids! [Smile]

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I'm with Uilleann on this one, a spelling contest full of words most people have never heard of seems pretty pointless to me.
It would seem far more useful to ensure that competitors can spell common words properly, like 'colour' for example [Wink]

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