Growing up i used to be one of the brightest kids when it came to the Queen’s language. I knew i was bad-ass! I knew my stuff! I walked around school with a book always! I knew my classics and i would always be ready for story time at home and school.
I had a system for getting spellings right: pronunciation! Genius, yes?
Little did i know that my little plan was flawed – very flawed! In my little mind, i expected to know the correct spelling of soldier which was my dad’s profession. Every time we were doing professions, i always picked soldier. I felt i knew the whole how-to-be-a-soldier by default! I grew up seeing, eating with, playing with the chaps… what more did i need. I could speak some cool tough words in Swahili and sound macho (yeah for a girl) but i could not spell the darned thing right!!!
I even got into a fight with some little Indian boy who felt the need to correct me EVERY TIME i got it wrong! Anyway he was such a cry baby that it wasn’t the worth the drama!
1. English is a funny language.
2. why dont we spell PHARMACY as FAMASee?
3. Soldier has no Y.