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Spelling tips – rhythm

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Rhythm helps your two hips move. Geddit? That’s how you remember the spelling of ‘rhythm’:

Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move.

Look out for more spelling tips coming to a blog near you (i.e. this one).

And if you have any of your own, let me know.

More spelling tips


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  1. Rhyme: Reading Helps You Master English? I tried to find an acronym for “Why don’t we spell this ‘rime’?” but failed.

    Michael Farrell

    10/02/2010 at 4:20 pm

    • Hi, Michael – that’s a good one too. Thanks.

      Btw, the horrible spelling probably comes from its Greek origin ‘rhuthmos’ meaning something along the lines of ‘to flow’. That’s no excuse though, and cuts no ice with me.


      10/02/2010 at 4:25 pm

      • Good pun. My quick scan of a few resources suggests that “rime” (hoarfrost) and “rime” (rhyme) have independent origins. My NOAD says that the spelling shifted from rime to rhyme in fairly modern times, under influence of “rhythm.” But just wait till June, when Emp. Farrell I assumes the throne…

        Michael Farrell

        10/02/2010 at 5:03 pm

        • Excuse me, I think there’s only one purple robe and I am due for a final fitting tomorrow.


          10/02/2010 at 5:08 pm

          • Is yours trimmed with ermine? Mine is.

            Michael Farrell

            10/02/2010 at 5:54 pm

            • I tweak the nose of your ermine (so last year). My emperor’s new clothes are to be trimmed with fun fur (pink).


              10/02/2010 at 6:14 pm

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