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.