Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary: Or Why Can't Anybody Spell
"It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word." -- Andrew Jackson
Weird or wierd? Necessary or neccessary? Recomend or recommend? English spelling is fiendish, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with it.
Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary is at once a celebration of spelling and a solace to anyone who has ever struggled with the arcane rules of the English language. As amusing as he is informative, Vivian Cook thrills the reader with more than a hundred entries -- from photographs of hilariously misspelled signs to quizzes best taken in private to schadenfreude-rich examples of spelling errors of literary greats -- that will tickle the inner spelling geek in every reader.
It all adds up to a gem of a book that takes a wry look at the hodgepodge evolution of spelling and the eccentric way it actually works.
Difficult Words Spelling Test
Circle whichever one is right.
1. dessicate desiccate desicate
2. ecstasy exstacy ecstacy
3. adress adres address
4. dumbel dumbbell dumbell
5. accomodate accommodate acommodate
6. necesary neccesary necessary
7. liaison liaision liason
8. pronounciation pronounceation pronunciation
9. ocurence occurrence occurence
10. embarass embaras embarrass
11. brocolli broccolli broccoli
12. refering referring refferring
13. cemetery semetary cemetary
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - glade1 - LibraryThing
I didn't find this book as entertaining or informative as I had hoped. It is a collection of lists and examples that seem to be just stuff the author has amassed and decided to throw together. It ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - melydia - LibraryThing
The subtitle is actually somewhat misleading here, since it's not actually about why nobody can spell, but rather just a series of anecdotes and quizzes about spelling in general. This is not a book ... Read full review
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Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary, Or, Why Can't Anybody Spell?
No preview available - 2005
Spelling and Society: The Culture and Politics of Orthography around the World
Limited preview - 2007