The Writer’s Craft #36 – Speeling Connundrums (sic)
Karina Fabian‘s quirky twists and crazy characters have won awards, including the INDIE book award for best fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), an EPPIE award for best sci-fi (Infinite Space, Infinite God) and a Mensa Owl for best fiction (World Gathering), and top placer in the Preditor and Editor polls. Mrs. Fabian is former President of the Catholic Writer’s Guild and also teaches writing and book marketing seminars online. Her latest fiction, Mind over Mind, is available on Amazon.
One of my author friends on Facebook asked what words give people the most trouble. Some folks mix up “affect” and “effect.” (I just remember and a-ffect causes an e-ffect, and that it’s alphabetical, but whenever I come up with a mnemonic for discreet/discrete, I forget it the next time the word comes up.) Others had the usual typos: “their” was a favorite–and, I must admit, a personal nemesis. One of mine that elludes the spell-checker is from/form. I actually have to do a ‘Find’ on all ‘form’s in a document to make sure I really meant that word. My most irritating words are all derivatives of occasion. Yeah, spell check picks it up, but it’s irritating! Why can’t I ever remember two Cs and one S? Another thing I’ve found as I get older, when I have a word with double letters, I double the wrong letter, even when I know not to: “good” becomes “ggod” and “spelling” becomes “speeling.” Is this an old-age syndrome I don’t know about? Is there a medication or therapy or something for the double-leteer chaleenged?
What common words give you the uncommon fits? Do you have any special catch phrases you recite to keep them straight? Which words give you the fumble-fingers?