Monday, April 30, 2007

weekly writing coach: spelling

Even those of us born with a good spelling gene get caught by words we misspell on a regular basis. You know your spelling snafus: Accommodate? Mississippi? Then make your own list -- either electronically or on paper -- as a reminder, and put those words into your word processing program's dictionary. Fishbowl DC, a media gossip site, routinely interviews reporters about words they misspell. Here, an interview with CBS's Scott McCrary notes, in his own words, that he misspells:
Ahmadinejad. I'm famous for writing "the Iranian president" in draft versions of scripts to get around it.
Your coach won't let you get away with that solution, however. Learn your most-misspelled words instead.

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