English is Weird

Commit to Mnemory

By Lauren Molin

Hello dearest readers!

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but honestly, I occasionally have trouble with spelling. Especially longer words. This month the Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held from May 27th to May 31st at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Maryland. In honor of that, I will be giving a few spelling mnemonics!

Argument – I lost an ‘e’ in the argument (vs the common mistake of arguement)

ArithmeticA Rat In The House May Eat The Ice Cream

Ascertain – when you ascertain a fact be as certain as possible

Assume – When you assume it makes an ass out of you (u) and me

BeautifulBig Elephants Are Ugly (not true, but a good way to remember!)

Believe – I do not believe a lie

Compliment – a compliment puts you in the lime light

Dessert v Desert – I’ll have seconds in dessert

DilemmaEmma was in a dilemma

Environment – a new environment will iron me out

Familiar – that liar looks familiar

Hear – You hear with your ear

Innocentin no century is murder an innocent crime

Necessary – it is necessary for a shirt to have one collar and two sleeves

Pieces – I’ll have a piece of pie

Principal – Don’t forget, the principal is your pal

Slaughter – slaughter is laughter with an S / I put the laughter in slaughter

Stationary (not moving) – the car is stationary

Stationery (writing materials) – the stationery store sells paper


Do you have any mnemonics that you think would benefit everyone? Please share below!!


Works Cited

Nordquist, Richard. “20 Memory Tricks to Help You Spell Words Correctly.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 18 Feb. 2018, www.thoughtco.com/top-spelling-mnemonics-1692343.

Plessis, Henk du. “Spelling Mnemonics.” Edublox Online Tutor, 28 Oct. 2017, http://www.edubloxtutor.com/spelling-mnemonics/.

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