Spelling Quiz Number Seven (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 #6 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. 
relating to or characterized by intoxication

2. 
general agreement

3. 
unintentional

4. 
very small

5. 
an occurrence or condition that brings something about; event; happening

6. 
having distinct or certain limits

7. 
a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure

8. 
to reduce to a liquid state

9. 
to take possession of

10. 
a burial ground

11. 
to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, or defeat

12. 
to present as worthy of acceptance or trial; to endorse

13. 
having lost hope

14. 
to come into possession of; acquire

15. 
absolutely necessary, essential

16. 
to dry up; dehydrate

17. 
to annoy persistently

18. 
oppressive power

19. 
to set or keep apart; disconnect

20. 
satisfactory, agreeable

21. 
the act, process, or result of finishing

22. 
marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control

23. 
to take the place, room, or position of; to supplant

24. 
impossible to resist

25. 
to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance (often in a religious ceremony)



*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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