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Using Mnemonic Devices to Spell

Instructor: Summer Stewart

Summer has taught creative writing and sciences at the college level. She holds an MFA in Creative writing and a B.A.S. in English and Nutrition

Spelling can prove to be a difficult of a task, but there are plenty of ways to remember how to spell. Mnemonic devices can help you remember tricky spellings of words. In this lesson, we will go over some.

Background

Do you loathe spelling? Or perhaps, it's just that one word that gets away from you every time you need to use it. Luckily, there are ways to remember how to spell hard or tricky words. One such way is known as a mnemonic device. A mnemonic device is a technique that you can use to remember something, and in this case, how to spell a word. Sometimes these mnemonic devices are funny and sometimes they're just a neat way to remember how to spell words that you can't ever seem to remember. In this lesson, we are going to learn mnemonic devices for commonly misspelled words.

Nouns

Satellite

The issue with spelling satellite is remembering if the word has two t's or two l's. The next time you have to spell the word satellite, just remember that a ''satellite has one turbine and two laser lights.'' Do you see how that works? The sentence has one 't' and two 'l's'

Soldier

The word soldier can be remembered by saying, ''Soldiers die on the battlefield.'' Just remember that the word 'die' is in the middle of the word.

Candidate

The word candidate can be remember using the word-with-a-word method. In this one, we have three words: CAN, DID and ATE. Put them together and you spell the whole word. Remember it easier by putting it in a sentence - The candidate can cook, so he did, then he ate it!'

Mayonnaise

Remember mayonnaise and its double-n's with the phrase, ''I love mayonnaise on my broccoli.''

Playwright

The silent 'w' is what tricks students up in the word playwright. Next time you want to spell it, remember the phrase, ''The play was right even though it was silent.''

Conscience

Your conscience tells you right from wrong, but that doesn't make it any easier to spell. Keep this phrase in mind when needing to spell conscience: ''You cannot con science because it's always right.''

Giraffe

The giraffe is a gorgeous animal, but it can be to remember that there are two 'f's' in the word. The next time that you need to spell the giraffe, just remember that ''All giraffes have twins named Frank and Fiona.''

Handkerchief

The 'd' in handkerchief is silent, but it can easy to forget that it belongs in the word. So, the next time you find yourself in the middle of a quiz and need to spell the word handkerchief, just remember ''A handkerchief is held in the hand of a chief.''

Jeopardy

Sometimes the best way to remember one word is by knowing that several words share the same spelling. You can spell the word jeopardy if you can spell the word leopard. Just remember the saying, ''Be careful of the leopard or you'll be in jeopardy.''

Laboratory

Everybody pronounces the word laboratory as lab+ra+tory, but that isn't how it is spelled, so it's important that know how to spell it. If you forget, just remember the phrase, ''You labor on experiments in the laboratory.''

Coupon

The most common misspelling for the word coupon is 'coupon.' 'Coupon' has the same vowel pair as the word 'you.' If you need to spelling coupon, remember the phrase, ''You need a pair for a coupon.''

Opportunity

Opportunity can be really difficult to remember, but you can do it! One of the best ways to remember this word's spelling to break it apart into syllables. Just say ''opp+or+tun-ity.''

Prejudice

The quickest way to remember prejudice is to remember the phrase, ''The judge rolled the dice to avoid prejudice before sending the robber to jail.''

Privilege

Many people make the mistake of spelling privilege with the word 'ledge' in it as priviledge. To avoid that silly mistake, remember that ''It's a privilege to have legs'' and that will keep you from adding in the 'd.'

Vacuum

Who the heck created this word? Vacuum can be remembered by saying ''I see two ewes…'' or ''I sucked up one C and two U's with my new vacuum.''

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