Welcome to Day 2 in my 5 Day Series of Mnemonics. If you missed the introduction, check it out here so you don’t miss anything.
How will kin you spel? Ar you a gud spellr?
I know with texting, our spelling has morphed into “shortcuts”. But there are still right and wrong ways to spell words. And sometimes we need a little help to remember all those spelling rules. And that’s where mnemonics can help!
Let’s start with the one we probably all know (and love!):
“I” before “E” except after “C”, or in rhyming with “A”, as in neighbor or weigh.
Here’s some more:
The “Floss” Rule –
One-syllable words ending in F, L, or S after a short vowel will usually end in a double consonant.
(examples: cliff, bill, pass)
When to drop the final E-
The E will fly
Before you try
To add a vowel ending.
(examples: save to saving, saved. nerve to nervous. EXCEPTIONS – courageous, noticeable. The reason these are exceptions is the E is still needed to make the G and C to make their “soft” sounds.)
When to Capitalize-
Days, Months, I (pronoun), Names (of people, places, things), Titles, Start of sentence
I also have a lot of little triggers to help how to remember problem words so if you have a word in particular that you are always misspelling, give me a comment and I’ll see if I can help you out 🙂
For example, my husband is always asking me if forty is “forty” or “fourty”. Here’s a mnemonic to help remember the correct spelling:
You were fortunate to find forty dollars in front of the fort.