All About English Spelling

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This is a quiz to see how much you know about English spelling. Quite hard, but it's not a spelling test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the most common 'digraph' (two letters together in a word) in English spelling?

    • A.

      Er

    • B.

      In

    • C.

      Th

    • D.

      He

    Correct Answer
    C. Th
    Explanation
    The most common digraph in English spelling is "th". This combination of letters is frequently used in words such as "the", "this", "that", and "with". It is so common that it has its own distinct sound and is considered a single phoneme in English.

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  • 2. 

    British or American spelling? Which is the odd one out?

    • A.

      Woolen

    • B.

      Skeptic

    • C.

      Mustache

    • D.

      Distil

    Correct Answer
    D. Distil
    Explanation
    The odd one out is "distil" because it is spelled in the British English form, whereas the other three words are spelled in the American English form. In British English, the word is spelled "distil," while in American English, it is spelled "distill." Therefore, "distil" does not follow the same spelling pattern as the other words, making it the odd one out.

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  • 3. 

    An English word with 9 letters but only one vowel (a,e,i,o,u).

    Correct Answer
    strengths
    Explanation
    Let me know if you find more.

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  • 4. 

    A word containing the letters 'pph' pronounced as 'f'.

    Correct Answer
    sapphire
    Explanation
    Let me know if you find more.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following was not thought to be dyslexic?

    • A.

      Agatha Christie

    • B.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C.

      Albert Einstein

    • D.

      Leonardo da Vinci

    Correct Answer
    B. Abraham Lincoln
    Explanation
    A, C and D all come from a list by The British Dyslexia Association. Abe Lincoln wasn't on the list and I can't find any record of him having been dyslexic but who knows?

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  • 6. 

    Who said "You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi'

    • A.

      Humphrey Bogart

    • B.

      David Beckham

    • C.

      Groucho Marx

    • D.

      Tom Cruise

    Correct Answer
    A. Humphrey Bogart
    Explanation
    Humphrey Bogart is the correct answer because he is known for his quote, "You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi." This quote suggests that a person is not truly famous until their name is recognized and spelled correctly in a distant and culturally different place like Karachi. Bogart, an iconic Hollywood actor, was known for his tough guy persona and starred in classic films such as Casablanca.

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  • 7. 

    What was the spelling that George Bernard Shaw famously said could spell the word 'fish'?

    Correct Answer
    ghoti
    Explanation
    'gh' sounds like F(ish) in 'cough'
    'o' sounds like (f)I(sh) in 'women'
    'ti' sounds like (fi)SH in 'education'

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  • 8. 

    According to the NATO spoken alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, etc) how would you spell out 'knowledge'?(write each word in lower case with a space but no commas between them)

    Correct Answer
    kilo november oscar whisky lima echo delta golf echo, kilo november oscar whiskey lima echo delta golf echo
    Explanation
    The given answer correctly spells out the word "knowledge" using the NATO spoken alphabet. Each letter of the word is replaced with a corresponding word from the alphabet. In this case, "knowledge" is spelled as "kilo november oscar whisky lima echo delta golf echo, kilo november oscar whiskey lima echo delta golf echo".

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