Ways to remember those
In the English language there are several words which
are so similar it can be difficult to remember which one you use or even how to spell
them. Each person will, of course, experience problems with different words.
Here are a few mnemonics, shortcuts
and phrases I have come across, but I am sure you will have some of your own, so
please let us know. Send them into us at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can add them to this page and help others -
Meggan & Justin
If you "fri"
your friend he'll come to an "end".
Friends end in end.
Friday is the
end of the school week. Luan Carter
..for those footie fans this should be an easy one to remember.
CH on the
right CH on the left and
(you are) U R in the middle.
old grandmother rode
a pig home
Maxine Dorot has kindly shared the
following tricks with us:-
People frequently spell "cemetery"
with an 'a', in order to spell it correctly, simply remember that late at night all the
ghosts come and and go "eeeeeeeee"!
Can't remember how many s's there are in the word "dessert" (pudding), well just think, when you eat
dessert you always want "one more".
Darcy has sent in the
following comments -
Remembering the difference on
how to spell dessert and desert. One usually wants seconds of dessert so
there are 2 s's. One usually wants less desert (I know I do, I live in
one) so there is only one s.
In the U.S. (and sometimes in the U.K.) the headmaster is called the
Principal. To remind you that the
ending of this word is 'p-a-l' and not 'p-l-e' remember he/she is your 'pal'.
The word principle means a
personal code of conduct or fundamental truth.
Dash In A Real Rush, Hurry Or Else Accident!
Nikki Chaplin has sent in the following
two tips used by her children -
To remind children that a Q
is followed by the letter U - the Queen always carries an Umbrella.
To distinguish between PRACTISE
(verb) and PRACTICE (noun) think of ADVISE and ADVICE.
To ADVISE is the verb so PRACTISE
is the verb.
To distinguish PRACTICE
(noun) from PRACTISE (verb) and
from ADVISE (verb),
just remember that ICE
is a noun and IS is a verb.
- verb, spelt with an s, S for sports.
- I went to the doctor’s practice and he put ice on my leg.
Ice is in
meaning paper and Envelopes
meaning "not moving"
This can be remembered if you think of "E" stands for
Envelopes, therefore, Stationery with an "e" is paper etc. and a CAR not moving, therefore, the word meaning
"still" ends in ARY.
- StAnd still
- PEns, PEncils
THEIR meaning "belonging to them".
meaning "in that place"
This can be remembered by "HERE and THERE",
therefore, "in that place" is the one ending in the word "here".
STALAGMITE meaning a
deposit of calcium carbonate formed by the dripping of water into the shape of a large
inverted icicle rising from the floor of a cave.
meaning a deposit of calcium carbonate formed by the trickling of water from the roof
of a cave.
There are several ways to remember which is which -
- From the Ground
- From the Ceiling
A slightly risqué
method of remembering the difference between stalaGmites
the mites fly up and see
the tights fall down!
Think of ants in your
pants: The mites go up and the tights come down.
would point out to non-English English speakers that tights are pantyhose).
WAFT / WEFT
In fabric which direction do the warp and weft run.
WEFT goes left to right across the fabric.
WARP goes vertically top to bottom.
Weft = left
to right, therefore, warp must be top to bottom.
It is NECESSARY
to have one (C)ollar and two (S)leeves
you can use the following phrases to remember
how to spell this word.
Never Eat Cucumber
the variants on your web site, this carries a very sensible health message
that does not breach trade description legislation!
A vicar has one collar and two
socks. - NECESSARY
I can't guarantee the sandwiches work, but hope the phrases
A Red Indian Thought
Eat Toffee In Church
It has been brought to my notice that
the term "Red Indian" is offensive to some people so perhaps the following is a
less sensitive alternative.
A Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream
Don't forget if you have any of these little "tricks" or
your own, please share them with the rest of us.
Mrs I, Mrs
FFI, Mrs C, Mrs
U, Mrs LTY
Meggan & Justin
U (as in you) Are
Meggan & Justin
There is a lie in the middle of
believe and belief
A Secretary has a
Two cots need two
mattresses in any accommodation.
There is a rat in
There is a parachute in
elephants usually manoeuvre poorly.
You take the bus to
Sue Rogers, a teacher at Chipping Hill
Primary School, Witham. Essex contacted me saying that some
of her class were having difficulty remembering how to spell
BEAUTIFUL. They came up with the following which they
thought maybe of help to others:
Thanks to all the pupils in Mrs.
Rogers class at Chipping Hill Primary School
Other examples can be see here
and, if that is not enough you will find more on this
page and several other pages on the site - why not check out the Library
Index to see what else you can find!
Mnemonics, Palindromes and
word related items of interest
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