It’s my birthday, and I’ll spell how I want to…

errr, not quite.

It is my birthday (hooray!), but I don’t want to be the atrocious speller that I am. Hands up if you’ve caught the many spelling mistakes that happen over here? We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled posts for a good, old-fashioned confession and giveaway!


I’ve been a life-long bad speller. Apparently I’m not the only one. You’ve probably noticed. It’s atrocious, right? Calder laughs at my grocery lists and then grades them.

I have absolutely no clue how to spell some words and no amount of studying helps. My family still jokes about an infamous 8th grade end-of-year multipage spelling exam. I got the second lowest grade out of 100+ students (yes, I take it as a point of pride that I didn’t get the lowest grade). That test asked you to pick out words spelled wrong and spell them correctly. I did the opposite. My rules were simple: if a word had double letters I took one out, if it didn’t have any, I’d put one in. For the longest time that test sat on our pop’s desk, giving him a chuckle whenever he looked at it. We can’t find the exam now, but if we ever do, I may have to frame it.


Spellcheck has been a godsend, but it doesn’t help when I misspell one word only to spell another. I put a few of my more recent misspellings into the graphics in this post. Did you catch some of these on the blog? You might not have seen the bowel misspelling, because it didn’t happen here, it happened when I was commenting on another blog (embarrassed much?).


Here’s our giveaway – comment below with a misspelling of ours that you came across while reading the blog. Can’t find or think of any? Then tell us about your best worst spelling mistake. We’ll pick one lucky winner and they’ll receive a good, old-fashioned birthday goodie bag!

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8 thoughts on “It’s my birthday, and I’ll spell how I want to…

  1. So many to choose from…just kidding, I just correct ’em and forget ’em. Wanted to wish you a fabulous birthday!

  2. I wish I could remember one of the few (you guys are improving!) that slipped by… I’ll leave the goodiebag for someone else to nab 😉

    • Where’s that competitive spirit 😉 ?! Thanks for the compliment – we’re trying our hardest to catch each other’s mistakes… but two wrongs don’t always make a right!

  3. “Take a peak at our spotlight archive” – please tell me you did that on purpose! 🙂 Love you girls – I usually don’t notice the spelling, I’m enjoying the articles. At least everything is close!

  4. I actually can’t pick out any of your spelling errors because I am spelling-challanged myself. I think part of it (stop here if you’re a teacher!) has to do with learning to spell phonetically. When you grow up living in a place that pronounces everything WRONG…how can one be expected to spell correctly?

    Is the thing you put your clothes in a D-R-E-S-S-E-R or a D-R-E-S-S-A-A-A-R or a D-R-E-S-S-U-U-U-R. Hard to say when you come from central Pa.

    • So true, and what a perfect example! And along those lines, I guess we can assume that when I say bowl it has two syllables, thus bowel ;-).

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