The night before the day of dictation at school meant that we (my brother and I) had to learn the words by heart and father would test us with a mock dictation. He often taught us ‘techniques’ to better remember some tricky words in the English vocabulary that spelled differently from how it was pronounced.
‘Breathe’ and ‘Giraffe’ became ‘Breath-e’ and ‘Giraff-e’, ‘Principal’ became ‘Princi-pal’ while ‘Principle’ remained Principle. We soon learned to devise our own techniques as we went up the grade.
These techniques did not essentially get us to The Spelling Bee but at least helped get through our schooling without too many ‘spelling disasters.’
My previous post (https://thewritewomanblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/the-parenting-rollercoaster) apparently had more humor than I intended it to have, as I had published the post with the word ‘wretched’ instead of ‘retched’. A dear friend, who often reads and leaves her feedback on all of my posts, was kind enough to inform me about my ‘typo’ blunder (Thank You!).
I was quick to make the correction, but I fretted for the rest of the day (and the next) moping over my ‘wretched’ oversight.
I remember reading an article in the Gulf News that said, “The idea that sometimes you will make mistakes is hard to swallow. But being comfortable with errors is crucial.”
So here I am, trying to get ‘comfortable’ with my blunder as I once again thank my dear friend for duly informing me so that I could make the timely correction. Thank you to all my virtual and real friends who have forgiven me for this one ‘wretched’ spelling error and for all the spelling horrors (hopefully none) that just might escape my scrutiny, for as the saying goes ‘To Err is Typo….oops…Human!’