As a retired English teacher, I must be careful in my writings as it is assumed that a teacher never makes a “word” mistake–word choice or word spelling. I would say that I am probably a pretty good speller, having loved participating in spelling bees when I was young. However, I must confess to some egregious mistakes. I just learned, thanks to the spell checker on my computer, that the preferred spelling of “now-a-days” is without the hyphens. I am in the process of correcting the use of that word in my journals and blogs. Although I have been involved with music most of my life, I realized a short time ago that I was misspelling “cantata.” I was spelling it “contata,” despite my having studied Latin which should have told me that “cant” has to do with music. Not only have I been involved with music, but I have been involved with church music, either as a choir director, pianist, or organist. How could a church musician misspell “offertory?” I was giving it an “a” between the “r” and “t.” I have two words that are buried so deeply in my brain that they will never pop up when I want them–topiary and funicular. This morning, I was reading in a novel and came across the word “bucolic.” I remembered the definition from a vocabulary list I used with my high school students. Reader, you will have to assess the grade that I get on “hard words.”
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