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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