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6. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how will anyone ever know?

6. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how will anyone ever know?

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I just did a bit of research.

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Lisa, 4 years ago

I just did a bit of research. Some of the words in the dictionary might already be spelled wrong. I want to present you my guesses for misspelled words and pranks by the authors of dictionaries.

What about 'movie'? It's pony - ponies, baby - babies. I guess someone inserted that wrong and it should really be movy. Also 'pastime' - if you pass the time there should be two s in there so passtime. The one I always got wrong in math is probably acutally written wrong: 'parallel'. I see no reason for the double l and I suggest changing it to paralel.

English is not my first language so sometimes I see a new word in a book and try to figure out how to pronounce it. When I first encountered 'aisle' I thought it was pronounced like isel. For me that would make sense. Instead I found out it's more like 'I'll'. That doesn't seem right. Add 'mnemonic' to that list. Ironically I can never remember how to spell that word.

And who invented the 'ough'? Is it just to make learning English more difficult? My research discovered the following jokes: thought, tough, through, though. Someone actually tried to get rid of that in the word 'doughnut'. You see donut more often now. Was that so difficult? On the other hand they are made of dough and you can't spell that 'do' because it's already in use.

'Wednesday' - English: You're doing it wrong! (what about 'whensday'?).

"Who threw shoe through?" Three of these must be spelled wrong. They all sound the same but are written totally different.

I don't want to start with my native language German, that's even more of a mess!

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