A Spelling Bee for Regular Folks
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Here are some commonly misspelled words. Some may look easy, but some of these seemingly easy-to-spell words have even stumped national spelling bee contestants.
How to play: We'll give you a picture and put the word in a sentence. Then it's up to you. Don't forget to breathe — and have fun.
Correction, June 3, 2008: This piece originally stated that lightning follows thunder, which is incorrect. Thunder follows lightning. The error has been corrected in this version.
Some like sweet, others prefer a crunchy dill ______ with their tuna sandwiches. And some just like the drama of getting themselves in a ______. How do you spell it? (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Pickle%20(definition)&FORM=%20MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
Last year, Paula Abdul tripped over her pet _________ and broke her nose. Spell this miniature dog breed that starts with "c." (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Chihuahua&FORM=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
You haven't had a________ until you've eaten one in Paris. One at your local Starbucks doesn't count. Spell this pastry. (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Croissant+%28definition%29&form=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
This rum-based drink was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. We're not sure that he would have belted back a frozen strawberry ________, however. (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Daiquiri+%28definition%29&form=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
"I'm sorry I missed your baby shower. It seems I forgot to write it on my _______." (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Calendar+%28definition%29&FORM=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
Peaceful, sad, scary — everyone has a different reaction to visiting the dead at a ________. For scary, we blame Stephen King. (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Cemetery+%28definition%29&form=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
Some like it fancy, some like the costume variety, but either way ______ adds a little bling to life. (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Jewelry+%28definition%29&form=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
Few acts of nature are as dramatic as a good _________ storm. Hint: It's not thunder, but the one that precedes it. (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Lightning+%28definition%29&form=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
It's easier to use this object than to spell it, but really — who likes to ______? (<a href=http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=Vacuum+%28definition%29&form=MSNHAL target='_new'>Answer</a>.)
Tatyana Mishel is an editor at MSN.
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