Human Spell Check

It sure is nice when you no longer have to rely on Wikipedia or the spell check on your phone to spell a word correctly.

I have Will. My human spell checker. He has always been an avid reader and I believe that’s translated into a heck of a vocabulary. Except, you know, when he puts the emPHASis on the wrong sylLABle. Like when he says oreGANo. My absolute favorite mispronunciation, ever. We give him grief about it at least three times a week. He just giggles.

Last weekend, we drove up to Ft. Worth for the PSIA academic competition; the private school equivalent to UIL. He was tested over 100 words, including staphylococci, whodunit, flabbergast, legerdemain and Plantagenet. Yeah, I missed most of those and I was a GRADER! While he only competed against other sixth graders around the state, he was studying the same words as seventh and eighth graders.

Holy spell check.

Even though he didn’t place in the top ten, he improved his score 70 points from district. I am one very proud momma. Between these two boys, I think we have the entire dictionary (and then some) covered.

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  1. verdinalouisa on May 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Way to go, Will!

    Kathryn, my daughter had those same traits (avid reader; great vocabulary). She’s 48 years old now and I still tease her about CHICago.

    God bless!

  2. Barbara F. on May 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I’m still “flabbergasted” by those words! Great time, great pix…Max thinks he is famous now that he made it onto your blog!

    • Kathryn on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 am

      You and me both, Barbara! We have some smart boys. And Max is cracking me up!!

  3. Wanda on May 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations to your boys. As a retired Catholic Shool teacher I love seeing this type of success!

    I live in Fort Worth! Next time you are here let em know. Would love to make your aquaintance 🙂

  4. English is fun on May 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Hey, don’t tell Will, but we Aussies say oreGANo all the time (actually, it’s more like oreGAHNo)…everyone looks at you funny if you say oREGano. Took me a while to figure out what that word was, when I heard it here in the States!

  5. Paula on July 30, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I am trolling through your blog to catch up – I just got the word about Luke’s brain surgery on Wednesday.

    You have a wonderful blog!

    BTW – the British pronounce oregano the same way as Will. So maybe he has a future as a British grammarian!

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