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So You Think You Can Spell?: Killer Quizzes for the Incurably Competitive and Overly Confident

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Spelling & fun? Weird... but Yes! A highlights' compilation of different sorts of witty and unusual spelling quizzes with some delightful quotes and engaging essays mixed in. For both normal humans and the spelling bee bunch.

    How do you spell "h"? What's the plural of hero? Of albino? How would the British spell eon? Pick the one of the four spellings that's right. Pick the one of the three spellings that's wrong.

    Variety and wit are the hallmarks of this book. There are "Three-word Quizzicles" that illuminate little spelling curiosities. One spelling puzzle is followed by a different type of puzzle or perhaps a pertinent quotation.

    This book isn't just for the super spellers; it's great as a brain tickler for most any literate person. Yes, there are spellings that only the ultra-advanced will care about - words that exist only for linguists, specialists, or spelling-bee contestants. Their inclusion is inevitable and required for the book to demonstrate its spelling chops. But they are in the minority.

    This is a good sipping book. Something to pick up and wrestle with for a bit and then get back to, rather like a book of one page mysteries. Terrific for commuting or perhaps even the bathroom.

    The essays, including "Why is English Spelling So Difficult," are both entertainingly written and erudite. They are worth the price alone. Actually worth more, since the book is pretty inexpensive and downright cheap for what you get.

    If you can find it in your local B&N, definitely poke around in it. And be sure check out the titles in the answers section (page 231+) to get a feeling for the breadth of what's going on.

    All in all, this is a genuinely good book in an odd niche. If you're still on the fence about trying it out, just go for it. You won't regret it.

    (And you can also thank heavens that you weren't the one who had to proofread it)

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