Spelling Quiz Number Six (Using Sound) [Logo]
This quiz features 25 of the most frequently misspelled words in English, according to Mindy McAcams*, who put together a dual-choice quiz on these words. This quiz, however, asks you to spell the word on your own, based on the word you hear through your computer speaker. (Another 25 words from McAdams' list of fifty words are featured in Quiz #7 of this series.)

These spellings are standard Americanized spellings and a couple of them may vary from standard British spellings.

Click on each of the speaker icons and write the word that is spoken, properly spelled, of course, in the space provided. When you click on Submit Application at the end of the exercise, the computer will return a scored version of the quiz (you'll have to click on OK in the Javascript Alert again). Take your time, but don't look up the words or your computer will turn into a toaster-oven.

Most of the definitions given here are excerpts from those found in the online Merriam-Webster's WWWebster Dictionary. Used with permission.

1. 
a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor

2. 
to be greater than or superior to; to go beyond some limit

3. 
compelling attention; persistent

4. 
gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing

5. 
not subject to control by others

6. 
a 1000th anniversary or its celebration

7. 
to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required

8. 
the state or fact of having being especially independently of human consciousness and as contrasted with nonbeing

9. 
something that serves to warn or remind; souvenir

10. 
a garden vegetable plant, related to the cabbage, with a repulsive taste and texture

11. 
communication for establishing and maintaining mutual understanding and cooperation; one that establishes and maintains this relationship

12. 
to lose all hope or confidence; loss of all hope

13. 
easily exasperated or excited

14. 
occurring unexpectedly or by chance

15. 
a large group, especially a military unit composed of a headquarters and two or more companies, batteries, or similar units

16. 
the act or an instance of repeating or being repeated

17. 
state of being beyond reason and self-control

18. 
to a considerable degree or extent

19. 
to bring into agreement or concord; reconcile; to provide with something desired, needed, or suited

20. 
to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress

21. 
of strange or extraordinary character (often related to supernatural)

22. 
to break up and drive off (as a crowd)

23. 
the action or instance of happening

24. 
a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion

25. 
to introduce immunologically active material (as an antibody or antigen) into the flesh especially in order to treat or prevent a disease



*Mindy McAdams is a copy editor, formerly of Time Magazine and now of the Washington Post. You can take the dual-choice exam by clicking HERE.


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