Saturday, 2 June 2012

How to spell the word 'separately'

Today must have been my day for coming across signs with misspellings.
As with the words I wrote about earlier, a knowledge of Latin might have helped the writer of this sign, but not many people today have studied Latin.

 However, I was interested to discover, on many dictionary sites, that se-parate and pre-pare have common origins, so I think this is a good way of remembering how to spell this word.


The Cardells said...

I always tend to get that one wrong. :-(

parlance said...
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parlance said...

Cardells, maybe thinking of separation and preparation would also help. You'd remember the spelling of preparation because of prepare, where you can hear the letter a.

Hmm...this seems to be getting more and more complicated, instead of easier, lol.