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I Can Spell Acomodation 15 September, 2005

Posted by monopod in Miscellaneous.

I did a spelling and grammar test thingy on the BBC website this evening which easily added to my lofty opinion of my own abilities.

Naturally I have now proceeded to spell flipflops wrong twice (flopslops and then flipflips). Mind you, perhaps it’s a tpying casls I edne.



1. Casey Leaver - 16 September, 2005

I did this too, obviously top marks for me (!) – but less for the rest of the Comms Office.

I’m not sure whether to be chuffed – or scared!

2. Angie Cross - 16 September, 2005

I got full marks and had a secret smile for the rest of the day….

3. Thomas Henderson - 16 September, 2005

Bollocks did you get full marks. Avarice? Taciturn? Where have you come across these words, please?

4. monopod - 16 September, 2005

Eh, how does one pinpoint where one absorbs words? Him asked me this morning where I’d come across the definition of a certain naughty word and refused to believe it wasn’t from some trashy magazine (“trash in, trash out”).

Apart from that, primary school education. I remember memorising lists of synonyms from our ‘Primary English’ reader in Primary 4 and my best mate next to me, whom I’d had a tiff with, saying very pointedly ‘HATE – DETEST.”

Mind you, maybe primary education is different in this country. How old are you?

5. Casey Leaver - 16 September, 2005

After a spot of investigation I notice that Thomas is a Maths student!

6. Thomas Henderson - 16 September, 2005

Ms. Snodgrass, I can’t work out whether you are implying that I am of primary school age and thus may have not learnt those words yet, or whether your question was rhetorical and you were implying that my primary education was sub-standard because I never learnt those synonyms.
Either way, the words are certainly not used in common parlance, their addition to the English language is wholly superfluous and I found your response quite rude!

And Ms. Leaver, why do you express surprise at my being a Maths student?

7. Angie Cross - 16 September, 2005

I have to disagree with: “the words are certainly not used in common parlance, their addition to the English language is wholly superfluous”. Words ARE English language. It’s how we use them that makes us unique. I like to use words like these, even when my sisters and husband laugh at me for it, because I can, because I like to know that I know my mother tongue well enough to be able to use them without hesitation, and without seeming like I’m showing off. I make them a part of my everyday life and I’m glad that I do so.

‘Taciturn’ and ‘avarice’ have been around for a whole lot longer than any of us. They have ancient roots and other words have sprung from these. Knowing them can help in determining the meaning of another word that you may not recognise just from understanding the parts. For example, knowing that arachnid is something to do with spiders could help you recognise arachnophobia as a fear of said spiders.

Oh, and Natalie, I bet my primary education was completely different from yours. Heck, mine was probably completely different from English schools, let alone yours, and I grew up in this country!

As I am frequently limited to a maximum word count for essays, it helps to know words that allow you to use just one instead of a whole stream of them. Plus I just like words. I read a lot, too, nothing particularly heavy going, but it’s amazing how Mills and Boon novelists like to show off their thesaurus-like knowledge.

8. Casey Leaver - 16 September, 2005

Thomas, I was teasing – implying that as a Maths student, you might not be expected to have a good grasp of the English language. 🙂

9. monopod - 16 September, 2005

Mr Henderson, you have completely misunderstood my meaning. I don’t make a habit of poking fun at people. I’m sorry you found my response rude, but to be honest I think you’re being a little touchy about this.

I didn’t grow up in this country and the kind of education in English I received is therefore highly likely to have differed from the syllabus that is taught here. The education system has also changed a lot in recent years, hence my ‘how old are you’ question – the other commenters here are in their middle to late twenties and would, I daresay, agree that the schooling they received is very different from that experienced by students currently at University.

10. monopod - 16 September, 2005

I should also add that language is much more than just ‘common parlance’ – academic vocabulary being a case in point.

11. Angie Cross - 16 September, 2005

Ooh, hey – way to rat out my age, Natalie! I went to all the trouble of mentioning that I’m a student and write essays so that people would think I’m all young and just very well educated for my age! 😉

BTW, my degree is in technology and statistics, so I’m not arts-minded by nature. I just find that a wide vocabulary really helps when I’m writing technical training manuals where definitions and instructions have to be concise and precise. (Anybody need any of those words defined??!!)

12. Thomas Henderson - 16 September, 2005

Apologies, etc. 🙂

13. monopod - 16 September, 2005

No need for apologies, but glad we got that straightened out 🙂

14. monopod - 16 September, 2005

Angie – oops 😉

15. Angie Cross - 19 September, 2005

So, aren’t they putting a maths test on this week? Meet you back here on Friday for another sniping session?!

16. monopod - 19 September, 2005

Don’t encourage people!

Compare test scores? 😉

17. Angie Cross - 19 September, 2005

Heehee – will let you know if I see the test before you do!

18. Angie Cross - 20 September, 2005

Wahey! 20/20. I feel justified in my existence! Knew those maths and stats courses would pay off one day!

19. Angie Cross - 20 September, 2005


For anyone who may be interested!

20. monopod - 20 September, 2005

I’m so swamped at the moment and because of you I have just wasted several precious minutes doing a maths test. Evil woman.

I did get 20/20 though. Although I cheated and used a calculator (it’s all about the concepts, innit? ;))

21. Angie Cross - 4 October, 2005


Flip, they’ve put a Physics test on there! If I can’t do well at this, I’m hanging up my quiz-taking hat!

22. monopod - 4 October, 2005

I’m not even going to try. My Physics is astonishingly bad.

23. Angie Cross - 4 October, 2005

Wahey! I got ’em all, although I have to confess that one of them was a guess. (I know nothing about smoke detectors, and I’m sure I don’t remember them in the A level Physics syllabus!) Feelin’ gooood! Maybe I should have taken that place on the MPhys course after all!! 😉

24. Angie Cross - 4 October, 2005

Oh, go on, Natalie! You never know what you’re going to remember…..

25. Casey Leaver - 4 October, 2005

Here you are Natalie – this will make you feel better – I got 2.

I’m not proud, but neither am I in the least bit upset – except about the plug question…

26. Angie Cross - 4 October, 2005

Did you just electrocute yourself, Casey…..?

27. monopod - 4 October, 2005

I won’t; I have a thing against getting demoralised 😉

The only thing I can remember from my secondary school Physics classes was getting my English composition confiscated by my Physics teacher because I was painstakingly copying my draft while she was trying to teach our class some Physics bumpf (probably).

I have some other vague memories of Physics practicals and weights and things – oh wait, nope, it’s gone!

28. monopod - 4 October, 2005

Now stop commenting on my post. I’m trying to put together an agenda and failing miserably.

29. Angie Cross - 4 October, 2005

(duly chastened)

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