Alphabet Speller cont’d.

Ran across the terrible word “hemorrhage” the other day. The double rr and the hage make the word so tricky, I can’t think of any device that makes it easier. Try major “loss of blood” as a substitute; it’s hardly in any longer than “hemorrhage” when you look at it. But here is some help with other words for which help is available. (All text is copyrighted 2015 by Stephen W. Hines. Poems may be used with permission.)

Retreat

Although it might be fine and dandy,/Retreat doesn’t mean get a new piece of candy./Retreat means to back off or to hide/From dangerous things both far and wide./The TREAT in retreat is not a defeat/But puts speed to your feet.

reTREAT

retreat

Quill

The letter u must follow q,/And in that way q gives a clue/To quill, which is spelled with ILL/Q, u and ILL fills the bill.

quILL

quill

Potatoes

There are TOES in potatoes,/So one knows how it goes./Let’s sound it out now/And remember Mr. potaTOES.

potaTOES

potatoes

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a morning deal/To break night’s fast with a MEAL,And OATS are the grain of choice/To give one healthy lungs and voice.

OAT and MEAL

oatmeal

Narrow

“A narrow Fellow in the Grass”/May be a lizard sneaking past–/Or maybe not. But this I know/ROW makes a shortcut to narrow.

narROW

narrow

Manners

To make your friends feel all at ease/Try good manners, if you please./The MAN in manners would never wheeze/Right in your face, nor even sneeze.

MANners

manners

Lesson

Learn your lesson, you are told,/Can such long study make you old?/No, not if you learn this modest trick/LESS makes lesson mighty quick.

LESSon

lesson

 

 

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The Alphabet Speller

In the beginning we start off this book concept by taking the alphabet from back to front, so that in the end, when read sequentially, it will all read in order. The last becomes the first, the first last. The Speller is based on the concept that this is a beginning way to start spellers out on the idea that the best way to deal with spelling is to use the trick of remembering a part of a word to deal with the problem of spelling the whole word. Chrysanthemum is easier to spell when you realize there is a “an the mum” in it to help you out. However, when it comes to the spelling of English, or any other language for that matter, there is always a fly in the ointment. Counterfeit is tough to remember because the old rule of “i before e, except after c” does not apply. You must simply remember the “feit” in counterfeit to get the word right. There are no simple tricks for some words. The words to be found in my speller are taken from various word lists that include different grade levels for relatively new-to-the-game spellers. Some words seem too simple for inclusion, some seem too hard. That’s life. (Copyright 2015 by Stephen W. Hines.)

Zone

Z word zone
Is Z plus ONE.
Plunge your football into it
And you have won
zONE

zone

Year

The EAR in year is easy to hear.
Now suffer the pain of using your brain;
Use your EAR in the spelling of yEAR
Isn’t that all very clear?
yEAR

year

X-ray

Doctors use the x-ray to gaze upon bones,

So look at this word and cease from your moans.

RAY’s the light that shines through an x-RAY

In getting this right and easing your groans.

x-RAY

x-ray

Warble

Warble does the Robin merrily in the spring;

Her song is easier to spell than it is to sing.

WAR, yes, WAR, though not in this bird’s hear,

Gives WARble an easy start.

WARble

warble

Voice

All of us have our very own voice
And trade it we’d not, though given a choice.
Does voICE sound like it spells? No, it does not!
But the ICE in our voice helps us a lot.
voICE

voice

Upright

When Mary stood UP ’twas in utter good fright,
Though in her sound mind she knew all was all RIGHT.
Firm in conviction that right does make might,
Two words helped her to stand straight and UP RIGHT.
UPRIGHT

upright

Taxes

You’ve heard that your parents do pay them,

Thought they may think them absurd.

They’d rather grind axes than utter this word;

Yet tAXES and AXES are not really so grim.

tAXES

taxes

Seasons

Seasons may refer to spring or to summer, to fall or to winter;
Those parts of the year called seasons and with good reasons.
Either remember the SEA or recall the SONS.
SEA and SONS–that’s how it runs.
SEASONS

seasons