When it comes to spelling, are you a word-meister or a word "messer-upper?" Let's face it: Some of us are naturally gifted with the ability to take down the competition in the school spelling bee and others of us, well, we're just not. You may have seen a sentence like this on social media: "I cnduo't bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg." Does that send chills up your spine? If so, you're probably a master speller. If not, no worries, we'll interpret: "I couldn't believe that I could actually understand what I was reading."
If you ever want to feel like a spelling underachiever, watch the National Spelling Bee some year. In 2019, there was an unprecedented eight-way tie for champion. The bee's pronouncer said they had "thrown the dictionary" at the spelling lovers and that all of them had shown the dictionary who was boss. So, we got to wondering: Can you show this spelling test who's boss? We have some hard words and some tricky words (so proceed with caution!). Do you have what it takes to win our own version of a spelling bee? We're C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G on you.
After hiking up the mountain, Wes said he needed to catch his __________.
The words "breath" and "breathe" are often incorrectly interchanged and their spelling is so similar, it's easy to see why! "Breathe" is a verb while "breath" is a noun. They are also pronounced in different ways.
She walked up and down the __________ of the grocery store.
When you're in the grocery store, you're perusing the aisles. But, if you were in the Caribbean, you might hop between "isles." Aisles are passageways, while isles is a short form of the word "island."
She offered to go during the afternoon because she couldn't go at __________.
Though some people like to take the easy way out and spell it "nite," the proper spelling of the word is "night," as in "day and night." Night is the period of time between the sun's setting and its rising the next day.
A __________ in the Indian Ocean in 2004 impacted 11 different countries from east Africa to Thailand.
Tsunamis are actually caused by earthquakes and other violent underwater events, triggering massive tidal waves along coastlines. The 2004 tsunami was brought about after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean.
He went to school for so long, he acquired __________ in a lot of subject areas.
A classroom certainly isn't the only place where you can obtain knowledge, but it does provide a good atmosphere for doing so. Our modern-day word comes from the Greek, "gnosis," which is probably where the interesting "kn" start came from.
Prince's song, "__________ Beret," was featured on his album, "Around the World in a Day."
The word "raspberry" comes from the word "raspise," a sweet type of wine. Equally sweet was the Prince song, "Raspberry Beret," which tells the story of a young man who becomes smitten with a girl in a retail store.
He decided to change his political affiliation to __________.
In the United States, there are several political affiliations that one can join, or they can register as an "Independent." This means that the individual is free of being attached to either party specifically.
Not only is this a tricky word to spell, it can be hard to sometimes know which version of the word to use! Remember that "you're" is a contraction that means "you are," while "your" typically indicates possessions such as "your" keys" or "your house."
If you get caught trying to use ___________ money, you could find yourself in big trouble.
Money that is "counterfeit" is a nice way of saying that it's fake. Many practices have been put into place by the federal government to cut down on these counterfeit bills, including watermarks and security threads.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys recently purchased a $250 million __________.
Jerry Jones, the billionaire owner of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, rocked the sports world (and the regular world, tbh) when he recently dropped $250 million on a yacht that features a sauna and full gym.
The world's oldest continually running __________ is located in Cairo, Egypt.
Don't plan a trip to this ancient library anytime soon. Built in the sixth century, it houses more religious materials than any other location outside the Vatican, but it's only open to monks and those who are invited.
Do you think it's __________ to visit Walt Disney World when you're in Orlando?
Who would've ever thought the word "necessary" would lead with a "C" before an "S"? (Just say it silently to yourself.) It's very necessary to have the "C," though, so don't forget it or you'll have it spelled incorrectly.
He made a __________ that he would take them to the zoo.
From the Latin "promissum," we derive this word we use today to represent something we assure someone else that we will do. We promise to put 40 clues in this quiz; do you promise to work all the way to the end?
It's true! You can easily clean your car's upholstery (that's the cloth on your seats) with regular household products. Mix baking soda with water and then lightly cover the problems area. Finish by scrubbing with a toothbrush.
Billionaire businessman Warren Buffett enjoys playing the ukulele as a __________.
Pastimes are hobbies or things you do in your spare time, like Buffett's enjoyment of the ukulele. We think it's an odd, but correct spelling that looks like it's missing some letters. But, with a pastime that includes taking online spelling tests, you probably already knew that, didn't you?
Amazon's Prime program has been wildly __________.
In January 2019, Amazon announced it had hit quite a milestone with its Prime memberships: 101 million subscribers. That's in the United States alone. How are we still able to get our packages in 24 hours? It's a mystery.
The Central __________ Agency is a top-secret government agency tasked with protecting the country.
The Central Intelligence Agency, or the CIA as most people call it, is a top-secret government agency that protects the United States both inside and outside the country. Ever watched a spy movie? You've probably seen them in action.
William Shakespeare was one of the most famous __________ in history.
England definitely considers Shakespeare its most famous playwright. Some of his most popular works include "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "The Merchant of Venice," "A Midsummer-Night's Dream" and "Much Ado about Nothing," among others.
We had to hurry and get out of the pool before the __________ started.
Thunder and lightning, lightning and thunder ... is there anything better than a good storm? Well, except maybe if you're trying to chill at the pool or the beach. Lightning occurs as a result of positive and negative charges interacting in a cloud.
American author Helen Keller was once accused of having __________ a work she called, "The Frost."
It's true: Noted author Helen Keller was once accused of having plagiarized a work she called "The Frost," from a work by Margaret Canby titled, "The Frost Fairies." Plagiarism is a big no-no. It's the act of taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own.
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution states that, "We the People ... shall ... promote the general __________."
The Preamble to the Constitution says a lot of other things, in addition to promoting the general welfare. It also says we will establish justice and provide for the common defense. Why? Well, to form a more perfect union, of course.
__________ tales explain how Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor.
We're not saying that stealing is right, but people sure do appreciate a character like Robin Hood who saw the injustice of the rich getting richer while the poor got poorer. So, he took matters into his own hands. Hey, even Disney loved the story.
Songstress Janet Jackson released the song, "__________ Nation" in 1989 in response to things being presented in the media.
Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" hit was actually penned as a response to tragedies that were presenting themselves around the country. Jackson was attempting to use her platform to speak on issues such as racial inequality, poverty and drug abuse.
After making her purchase, the online retailer asked her to fill out a __________.
A questionnaire is simply a set of questions an individual might be asked in order to gather responses. A business might do this as a way of judging what someone thinks of its products or customer service.
Emma Roberts is the __________ of one famous actress, a "Pretty Woman," if you will.
That's right! Emma Roberts of "American Horror Story" fame boasts a famous aunt in Julia Roberts, who starred in "Pretty Woman," opposite Richard Gere in 1990. Or, you might say that Julia Roberts has a pretty famous niece.