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Aargh! Foibles and Follies and Family

OK. OK. I give up. You win. Give me a break already!

We all have our ways. We all have our foibles. We all have our strengths. We all have our weaknesses.

For 35 years of married life, I've been trying to get my wife to spell just a few words correctly. Words that everyone knows. I keep being patient. I keep hoping. I keep failing...

I say to my wife, "It's Kleenex, not Kleenix. It's Kleenex."

I repeated it again this morning, after admitting some of my own foibles and referring to hers.

She looks at me and declares most solemnly...

"Why is there an "i" in Kleenix?"

"No, no, no, no. YOU say there's an "i" in Kleenex. There's no "i" in Kleenex. YOU say Kleenix."

I give up. Oh, well. Who am I kidding. I'll say it again. And again. And again...

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MegL wrote on August 25, 2017, 1:16 PM

I know. A friend of my husband is called "Dermott". My daughter persists in saying "Dermip". She doesn't seem to be able to "see" the spelling in her head. Can I take a guess, are you an excellent speller? I can see spellings in my head but a lot of others around me cannot. I wonder if that makes a difference?

VinceSummers wrote on August 25, 2017, 3:15 PM

I don't per se see the words or the letters in any kind of visual way. In some way I can visualize the spelling process on a word, I suppose. I could easily be a contest winner in spelling. The only words I might have a struggle with are archaic words we don't ordinarily use, but are made part of a spelling contest (for some unknown reason).

Kasman wrote on August 25, 2017, 3:47 PM

MegL - I also 'see' the word in my mind's eye and I can split it into syllables which, for me, makes spelling easy. Grammar, however, is another matter

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Kasman wrote on August 25, 2017, 3:51 PM

Many people have similar problems with some words. Perhaps it's simply a lack of knowledge of how a word is spelled?

VinceSummers wrote on August 25, 2017, 9:16 PM

I wish it was in the case of my wife, Kasman, but unfortunately, I've provided the correct spelling dozens of times. No doubt, more...

MegL wrote on August 26, 2017, 6:44 AM

That technique is taught as a means of learning spelling. It's useful. I taught it to my daughter to help her in school.

VinceSummers wrote on August 26, 2017, 8:01 AM

The use of syllables is the only really truly reliable way to teach pronunciation. Undoubtedly that is why higher "educators" seek to carefully avoid it. You might say I am being cynical, but I'm not so sure I'm not speaking quite accurately!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 3, 2017, 9:43 AM

Well, the word Kleenex sounds a bit like clean X and actually seems to be a contradiction in terms sort of. X is like getting rid of it so if you are clean and you add the X to it, you can't be clean any more from it. So it might should be called CleanUp. Clean has a C. not a K but they put it there anyway.

VinceSummers wrote on September 3, 2017, 6:39 PM

Maybe it stands for Clean Necks! Haha.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 3, 2017, 11:11 PM

I like that. I am going to tell my wife. She will laugh at this one as well. LOL times 10.