The Washington Post offered their online readers a special treat on Thursday in honor of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition being held this week. They have posted an interactive spelling quiz entitled, “How Well Can You Spell,” for users to test their spelling skills. The quiz is completed by clicking on the incorrectly-spelled words in the sentences. These are not seldom-heard words like spelling bee contestants must face but commonly-misspelled words that are used in everyday life.
The words in the online quiz are taken from the Oxford English Corpus which compiles the billions of words used in speech and print in a certain time period. These are the words that Oxford says most commonly misspelled. This quiz has words from A-Z that are sure to stump even the best of spellers. This is not an easy quiz because often the word is actually spelled correctly. Here is the sentence from the “A” part of the quiz.
Alice’s apartment was accross from the arbor. Apparently it was accommodating, except during an arguement.
By merely clicking on the misspelled words then choosing, “I think I found all the misspellings,” the user is provided the correct answers and given a score for that part of the quiz. There is a sentence for each letter of the alphabet. If you would like to merely view the list of most commonly-misspelled words as determined by the Oxford English Corpus, you can view those words here on the Oxford Dictionaries.com.
This year there was actually a tie in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Two winners were crowned for the first time in 52 years. Sriram Hathwar, 14, from Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe, 13, from Fort Worth, will each receive $30,000. The Los Angeles Times explains the odd way the official rules are written that apply in the event of a tie.
Two words that these contestants faced were gemeinschaft and corpsbruders, both of which were spelled correctly. Coincidentally, both of these winners were Indian-Americans, as were the winners of the last six Scripps National Spelling Bee competitions. The Washington Post wants to know how well your spelling skills compare to these two young men.