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Spelling tips – interrupt

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‘Interrupt’ is spelt with double ‘r’. Here’s how to remember:

It’s Really Rude to inteRRupt.

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  1. I’ve been misspelling “desiccated” (dried, as for storage; [fig.] lacking passion or energy). I’ve been doubling the S and using only one C. Henceforth, I’m going to think of a CC of water.

    Michael Farrell

    01/02/2010 at 3:40 pm

    • Thanks, Michael — that’s a really good tip. For ‘desiccate’ I think of ‘desiccated coconut’ and then ‘two coconuts’ to remind me of the double ‘c’. Or — it’s just occurred to me (being a bit slow on the uptake) — that the word ‘coconut’ has two ‘c’s in it which is also a reminder. Am I getting a bit obscure? I think your suggestion was better!


      01/02/2010 at 3:47 pm

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