Tipsy Tuesday

It’s not THAT kind of tipsy but rather a blog post to provide you with the best “tips” to make your life simpler.  This Tuesday theme is sponsored by The A-Priori Mommy.  If you would like to participate, your tips can be about anything — from tips for cleaning carpet stains to the best way to keep crafty scissors sharp.  Go here for more fabulous tipsy posts!

My Tipsy Tuesday post this week is a spelling tip for the word SEPARATE which is commonly misspelled seperate.  I go off my rocker when my students misspell this word; I teach college students not third graders, but I guess it just goes to show that even adults have problem spelling this word.  Help is here because there a tip to use to never get it wrong.  This also works for separating, separated, etc.  When spelling separate, think of A RAT. 


Think of a rat every time and you will hopefully not misspell this word again.


4 Responses to “Tipsy Tuesday”

  1. 1 Janis January 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    That’s a good tip. I probably have NEVER spelled separated correctly, until now 🙂 My x-boss used to say when he was a child, his dad taught him to spell GEOGRAPHY by remembering “GEorge’s Old Gray Rat Ate Pop’s Hat Yesterday”. I never forgot that!

  2. 2 Joelle January 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Haha thanks for participating! I was a college professor and am an attorney and I have the worlds worst spelling. However all that education taught me to use spell check!! 🙂 So while phonics never worked for me – I found a way to adapt.

  3. 3 Allison January 13, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I am anal most of the time about spelling. Even when I text I don’t use abbreviations. I just hate those days of when you spell a word and it just doesn’t look right. I mean you spell it on a daily basis but on that particular day it just doesn’t look like it is spelled right.

    These days however I tend to not have time to reread things like I used to. I then go back and read a previous post and am so embarrased (sp) that I didn’t proof read.

  4. 4 Cathy January 29, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Smart! I’m not perfect and make my share of mistakes, but it bugs me to see things misspelled as well — especially by college-educated individuals!

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