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Please help us spell this name

My spouse wants to name our daughter Sema. The closest pronunciation to how this name is pronounced in his native language is here under Catalan. I think that some would read Sema and assume "Seemah" which is not the name. But how can we spell this name for Americans to pronounce it easily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2016 - 98 answers

Ess Ay Are Ay WITHOUT AN H at gmail dot com

How do I get an email address I don't have to spell? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 22, 2016 - 39 answers

What's it called if you can read everything but you can't spell anything

My 9 year old son is having a very hard time learning to spell. He's a voracious reader, and reads above grade level with good comprehension. In general he's plenty smart. But spelling even basic words is a struggle for him. It has gotten to the point where "just practice more and you'll catch on" doesn't seem like the right strategy. Is there a specific learning disability related to spelling? [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 6, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me font my name

My name is A R N I E. However, when typed on a computer it often looks like Arnie and lately a LOT of people are having trouble, thinking it's A M I E I use Gmail primarily and with that comes a limited selection of fonts, but how can I format my name so that it comes through clearly but still be unobtrusive as a signature?
posted by arniec on Aug 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Spelling bee prep - software to sort by spelling difficulty?

My son is going to a regional spelling bee and we've got about 1000 words to learn. Is there a way to (roughly) sort the words by spelling difficulty? Right now I've sorted by word length but that doesn't really help. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Mar 7, 2015 - 7 answers

French spelling question - rýsistant aux instead of résistant aux

I bought some French glassware (Lys brand) recently, and the descriptions on the box had some unusual spellings that I hadn't encountered before. É was changed to Ý ("résistant aux" was written as "rýsistant aux"), and À was changed to Ô (so "adapté à" became "adaptý ô"). Can someone explain this for me?
posted by Auden on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Wizard Words

There is a game called Dungeon Scroll for Android and Apple devices. You get some times and spell a bunch of words and the score of the words kill various creatures. It's pretty low-tech. I absolutely LOVE this game and have had it for years. I'm trying to find something similar that's maybe a little more sophisticated...saves my game progress as I go, leveling up means something, idk. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Why do some people write "1950ies", "1980ies", etc?

I would write "1950s" or "1980s", and this is universal among native English speakers, so far as I am aware. In international contexts, however, I sometimes observe that people whose English spelling is otherwise flawless will consistently write "1950ies" or "1980ies", which reads to me like it has an extra syllable. Where does this convention come from, and what linguistic background makes it sound like a reasonable way to contract these numbers? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jun 19, 2014 - 11 answers

I have a 7 year old boy who can't spell- urgint holp neeyded plez ;-)

My son is an above average reader for his age but his spelling is atrocious. He has just finished Year 1 at school in Western Australia. I need help as he's getting upset about this and I'm getting stressed. I just don't know how to help him :-( There must be some good "spelling breakthrough" approaches out there...? More details inside. Any tips are really appreciated! [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jan 6, 2014 - 47 answers

How can I "autocorrect" an entire document at once?

I have some large documents that are riddled with errors (I am copy/pasting from PDFs), and correcting each error is prohibitively time consuming. Is there a resource that will autocorrect the entire document in one sweep? Right now it is just a Google Drive document, but I can convert to Word, etc. Thanks for any tips.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Converting a US-formatted Microsoft Word document to UK formatting?

Is there a way (a macro perhaps?) to change the spellings and punctuation in a Microsoft Word document (.docx) from "American" style to "British" (or should I say, 'British') style in one fell swoop? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Mar 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Resources to improve spelling and grammar?

What resources would you recommend for an adult who is a native English speaker who nonetheless struggles with grammar and spelling? I'm asking on the behalf of my boyfriend, who dropped out of middle school, and is also dyslexic. He asked if I had a book or website to recommend, but most of what I could find is geared towards kids or people learning English as a second language. He already feels insecure about all this, so recommending an ESL book seems really patronizing. He even acts sheepish asking me about grammar or how to spell something, so something he can pursue on his own would be ideal (even though I'm happy to help and don't judge him whatsoever).
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I deal with an incident of screwed-up spelling?

How do I deal with an incident of screwed-up spelling? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jan 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Pat, I'd like a P, B, F, T, L, S... ?

In a story I'm writing, one character (an old lady) blows a raspberry at another character at the very end of a scene. I'd like to indicate this sound as a direct quote. What's the proper way to spell this?
posted by mochapickle on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

i before e, except after c.. and also v?

Looking for new ways to learn to spell specific words. and possibly to make it sink into my head when you use "then" vs "than". [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Is there a medical term for my spelling goofs?

I am finding lately that as I type things in a hurry I'm increasingly misspelling common words. Is there a name for this oddity? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Aug 27, 2012 - 13 answers

I need to reëxamine my love of the New Yorker's editorial department.

What the heck is up with the New Yorker's umlauts? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jul 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Can kids spel?

Is there any evidence that literacy (particularly spelling) standards of attainment have dropped in recent times, in the Anglosphere? Looking for citable evidence only.
posted by wilful on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Crying over spilt milk, or is it spilled?

Do we cry over spilt milk or spilled milk? My spell checker says the latter but I remember the former. [more inside]
posted by patheral on May 9, 2012 - 31 answers

New spelling, new root?

I'd like to check if changed spellings are changed words. [more inside]
posted by meinvt on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

I need hard to spell words from Star Wars.

I'm organizing a Star Wars themed spelling bee. I need as many hard to spell Star Wars words as possible. They can be nouns, etc. It's a fun event, and we are not following strict rules about it. Already have "Kashyyyk" and "Sarlaac" and "wookiee".
posted by Sully on Apr 12, 2012 - 23 answers

Are ten-year-olds everywhere tormented with spelling tests?

Do spelling bees or tests exist in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jan 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Should "library" be capitalized?

Should "library" be capitalized? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 31 answers

Mom: Spell bed. Child: B-A-D. Mom: Not bad, bed. Child: B-A-D. Mom: Ok, we'll try again later.

How do you teach a 6-year old to recognize vowels in the middle of a word? Ask him to spell 'bed' out loud and he will say 'b-a-d.' Ask him to write 'bed' and he will write 'b-a-d.' Yet if he reads 'bed' out loud, he will say it correctly and he knows what it is. Any tools or techniques that will help him learn? [more inside]
posted by Soda-Da on Oct 26, 2011 - 23 answers

Goodby to all that

When (and why/how) did "good-by" fall out of use as an variant on "goodbye"? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Do Americans call Lego "Legos"?

An American friend tells me that Lego is commonly referred to as "Legos" in the States. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Oct 7, 2011 - 128 answers

Spelling...Sometimes It Hurts

Is the correct spelling in sync or in synch? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Aug 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Spelling Post Approval

I can't find a definitive answer on the use of 'post' as a prefix. In particular with 'post approval' meaning 'after approval'. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on May 30, 2011 - 17 answers

The spelling of Popeye's laugh

How do you spell Popeye's laugh? [more inside]
posted by flashboy on Jan 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Stellar Spellers?

How can I make a spelling bee for a group of adult professionals the most fun ever? [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir on Jan 7, 2011 - 22 answers

Does the spelling matter much on a car title?

Slight misspelling of bank's name on my car title - pursue fix or let it go? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 5, 2011 - 12 answers

I'll dicule you twice!

Is "rediculous" an acceptable spelling? [more inside]
posted by EtzHadaat on Nov 13, 2010 - 40 answers

Define: Quo Vadimus

Any Latin scholars out there? I'm getting a tattoo and just want to make sure it means what I think it means... Quo vadimus [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Cooky Cookies

When did the spelling of 'cookie' change from 'cooky'? [more inside]
posted by Joe Chip on Sep 11, 2010 - 23 answers

Me doesn't spel or write two good.

Is there such a thing as an "advanced" spelling and grammar program for Microsoft Word or WordPerfect? Bonus points if it is designed for the legal world. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Jul 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Whoa! No, really, W-H-O-A.

Do internet-people spell "whoa" incorrectly on purpose (as "woah"), in the same way people use "teh" and "!!!1!!1" - fake typos used to imply something? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jul 12, 2010 - 56 answers

One shot every time a speller writes uses their finger to write it out

Where can I watch the Scripps Spelling Bee in the DC area? I don't have a TV, so am looking for a bar or something that will be showing it. [more inside]
posted by sa3z on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Your wrong! No, you're wrong!

Spelling in protest signs - is there a liberal / conservative divide? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Mar 31, 2010 - 30 answers

Grading the internet

How can I get a count of total misspelled words on a web page and a count of total words overall? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Mar 29, 2010 - 6 answers

How to address spelling in HR questionnaire

A job I recently applied for responded to me with a questionnaire about my experience in certain areas. After filling out the questionnaire and emailing it back to the company's HR Rep I realized I misspelled a fairly common word, it was a stupid typo I somehow missed. I've been beating myself up over this, wondering what to do. Send an email with a new corrected copy? Ignore it? Let them know I found the mistake and apologize? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2010 - 14 answers

spelling troubles: Master of Science vs. Master's of Science

Confused on spelling variations: Master of Science vs. Master's of Science. [more inside]
posted by figTree on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

What the H?

I guess I know too many Saras and Sarahs, Teresas and Theresas, etc., because I find myself having a hard time remembering who spells their name which way. I know that people can become annoyed when their name is spelled incorrectly, so I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions for how to remember the correct spelling when someone has a common name with multiple possible spellings, without having to consult an address book every time I want to write or type their names. Thanks.
posted by Balonious Assault on Nov 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Long sleeve? Long-sleeved? Halp!

Please hope me with this seemingly-basic English grammar/spelling question! Which is correct: "long-sleeve t-shirt" or "long-sleeved t-shirt"? Is there supposed to be a hyphen between "long" and "sleeve(d)? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Oct 2, 2009 - 38 answers

More than one domino...

Spelling filter: Which is correct? "Dominoes" or "dominos"? Or is this one of those words that can be spelt either way? Is one correct, and the other just a result of a mispelt brand of pizza delivery? (or is that mispelled...now I'm second guessing everything!!!) [more inside]
posted by robotot on Sep 8, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me spell Burmese names correctly!

Spelling question involving names of people from Burma. (Or Myanmar, if you prefer dictatorial nomenclature.) [more inside]
posted by hazelshade on May 7, 2009 - 8 answers

How do we speel check an entire web sight?

How do we spell check (and link check) an entire web site? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Jan 30, 2009 - 8 answers

I want to be smart so I can write clever Askme Headlines

What are some easy, relatively quick ways to learn to write better, think clearer, and express myself better? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Jan 28, 2009 - 24 answers

Why do I keep accidently typing homonyms instead of the actual word I meant?

Why do I keep accidently typing homonyms instead of the actual word I meant? e.g. Pear instead of Pair. Sometimes it gets worse and I write things which share even less in common like pardon and person. [more inside]
posted by public on Jan 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Can you recommend any good print editions of Shakespeare in non-modernized orthography?

Can you recommend any good print editions of Shakespeare in non-modernized orthography, priced for regular folks (not university libraries)? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Dec 22, 2008 - 13 answers

At-home literacy and spelling help for seniors?

One of my neighbours has asked me for some advice and I'm pretty dumbfounded. A senior (~80yo) that she knows has said that he'd like to learn to write and spell, but she has no clue where to start. So, what resources are out there that could be of help? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Dec 7, 2008 - 5 answers

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