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use your ear spelling, k?

December 12, 2008

when i worked in the elementary school here in town i must have said “use your ear spelling” a hundred times a day to those lil kiddos. often times one of my 1st or 2nd graders would want to know how to spell a word that was far beyond their grade level, so i had them sound it out and spell it as they heard it.

for instance, let’s take the word traction and “ear spell” it. it might end up…trakshin.

so, i’d like to spend this friday ear spelling as much as we can here at inProgress. but just so you know, this is my attempt at making Love loopy. you see, my friend Love, from down undah, is a grammar freak and catches airvree. seengull. litull. miztake. won’t this be a big warm fuzzy for him?! it may just send him back into the crazy house.

and one more thing…talk amongst yourselves. talk about anything you want. tell us your favorite Christmas memory. favorite color. favorite song. most embarrassing moment. your dream vacation. why you don’t like miracle whip. where you wanta be in 5 years. anything at all. have fun!

juts uz yur eer speleen


41 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2008 3:46 am

    eye caynt git past ure lyne abowt this beeeeing ure atemp at makeking luv.

  2. December 12, 2008 5:03 am

    hav to tel fune store abowt eer spelin and suthern speek…

    hericane katreena, mississipee, walmart, casheer…name wuz meshell….

    say it owt lowd…meshell…get the suthern drawl going…

    and how wuz her name speld?

    u got it…MeShell

    think that momma wuz reeding this blog wen she named her!! πŸ˜‰

  3. December 12, 2008 5:50 am


  4. December 12, 2008 5:54 am

    Eye jenruhlee spel verree wel. Buht thair r sevruhl words that eye just never spel rite. Lik imeedeeat, absolootlee. And whie do wee haf too hav too difrent spelings ov prinsipul and kapital?

  5. December 12, 2008 6:02 am


  6. December 12, 2008 6:26 am

    Juts? JUTS???

    Owe Deer!

    i hav SOW mutch werk too doo heer! πŸ™„

    Mandie? Aisle cee ewe aftur klass!

    And for someone’s information… i happen to be a NUMERICAL freak – Grammar is just a spare time hobby and it’s repeated misuse ‘juts’ bugs me! Mostly because of the potential damage to those still learning the correct usage. We have a responsibility to our readers you know? πŸ˜‰

    Ok – back to the ‘ear spellin’ Siiiigghh.

    Oh my poor native tongue – what are they doing to you???


  7. December 12, 2008 6:36 am

    etz funicks four me, eye spelz pruddy gud

  8. heidi permalink
    December 12, 2008 6:37 am

    ugh!!! mi braen dusent wrk wethot cofe.

  9. December 12, 2008 6:47 am

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    So there you have it… πŸ˜‰

  10. December 12, 2008 6:50 am

    I liyk roolz nott foniks. Bee bak toomawroe

  11. December 12, 2008 7:17 am

    kid on the buss haz mud on hiz fourhed four fun…mee thincs it wz dug wz killin mee 😯

  12. yakah permalink
    December 12, 2008 7:30 am

    Hey Tam-

    You had mentioned on my blog that you were going to be doing a review of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. I really want to check it out! Where is it?


    PS- you will love the video that I posted yesterday titled I am.

  13. December 12, 2008 7:46 am

    i thinks its “let the chase begin”

  14. December 12, 2008 7:47 am

    i ternd off my snow soo you can plaaz wit me

  15. December 12, 2008 7:48 am

    all ur basez r beelong to us.

  16. December 12, 2008 7:51 am

    ckroboth: I wish my 7th grade englush teecher new that.

  17. December 12, 2008 7:53 am


    eyez steeling ur snooo, uuups sum buddy did it allreedy.

  18. December 12, 2008 8:14 am

    why duznt the ber eat the huskee? itz a mr. ree to mee

  19. December 12, 2008 8:19 am

    wonduhring whair iz ur daat? Can i come too? (that almost wasn’t good. :shock:)

  20. December 12, 2008 8:57 am

    I dont thingk I can spel like this… It takes 2 muc brain werk. I also can’t reed it. Mayb I wuz saposed to allways no how 2 spel rite.

  21. econmommy permalink
    December 12, 2008 9:41 am

    lass nite wee wocht ar litel wuns krissmuss showe. it wuz sowe kyute tue see dem oll jumpin with ther jeengel bells an yellun. i koll it todlur popkorn eksplowshun…

  22. David Choate permalink
    December 12, 2008 10:03 am

    All your base are belong to us

  23. David Choate permalink
    December 12, 2008 10:05 am

    The original

  24. December 12, 2008 10:39 am

    my brane hertz.
    wen i wuz in hi-skool, i uzta koodent spell tha werd “might”. i spowk with tha biggust hik aksint you evur did heer, so i thawt tha werd had un “n” in thur sumware. i allwayz tride spellun it “m-i-n-t-e”. this iz probly tha mowst imbearising gremur stawry. luv, pleeze do nawt diss-own me! πŸ™‚

  25. December 12, 2008 10:42 am

    I can’t do it!!!!! Hurting my head!!!!

  26. December 12, 2008 10:44 am

    Meye hed hirts. Meye i’s hirt.

  27. December 12, 2008 10:45 am

    Gitz! I couldn’t do it very well either. Looking at mine makes NO SENSE. πŸ˜† If I can spell MY with MEYE why did I spell EYE with I? hahaha!!

  28. December 12, 2008 11:10 am

    @brandy: seriously, right? It’s like trying to sing off-key on purpose… I correct it on instinct. I guess all those years of being an English major have ruined me for ear-spelling. πŸ™‚

  29. December 12, 2008 11:11 am

    dohint ovir thank it. juts dooo it


  30. December 12, 2008 11:12 am

    ok. i git u on the tryna too seeng off kee on perpiss

  31. December 12, 2008 12:27 pm

    Yeas eye uhgre width gitz eye half ben ryuend 4 ir speling

  32. December 12, 2008 12:34 pm

    ur comint on Peet Wilsun’s blog wuz hilareeus. I stil hav teers in my iz. @gitz I feel ur pain.

  33. December 12, 2008 3:02 pm

    Im starvin an dont no wut to eet

  34. December 12, 2008 3:19 pm

    Eye wunt 2 eet buht eye haf 2 wate uhntill eye go 2 meye phrend’s partay 2 eet

  35. December 12, 2008 3:20 pm

    Eye m njoyeng dis 2 much LOL

  36. December 12, 2008 3:42 pm

    luv reeden thez comenz – gr8 ideea!

    Today, I was the sub at my 9 year old son’s class so the teacher could Christmas Shop (annual tradition at the school). So, I feel like I’ve been ear spelling all day!!!!!!

    PS Dispize miracal wep

  37. December 12, 2008 5:59 pm

    ough meye! Thyse yse teaufe ! luv ewe!

  38. December 12, 2008 7:21 pm

    Y’all r nutz! πŸ™‚

    nuff sed


  39. December 12, 2008 9:03 pm

    im too a.d.d tu figyur this ouwt. Mi hed hurtz.

  40. NJH permalink
    December 13, 2008 6:09 am

    Let’s have a rule orderly spelling. The spelling so-called system that we have at the moment reflects how the language was pronounced centuries ago & is more a bunch of contradictory conventions. This is serious as the illiteracy levels in the English speaking world are astronomical.

    Happy winter festival everyone!

  41. Gabriel permalink
    December 13, 2008 5:07 pm

    Its amayzing too see wat evereebodee roet in thees coments.

    It maykes mee laf, πŸ˜€

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