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I had a teacher (wish I could remember her name) who would always give us pronunciations to help us remember how to spell a word, when she mentioned collage she likened it with colodge but without the d, I always remembered that. She tried to do that with lots of the words, but one did get her goat, "there" and "their" what's worse was there was "they're" ... and we wonder why it's so hard to learn English =D

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That's why it's always a great thing to proof-read and have a good dictionary near by, especially a spelling dictionary.

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That's funny. I've never seen, so far, college and collage mixed up. Of course, now I'll be looking for it. Words that trip me up, usually, in speaking and spelling are people's names. I'm terrible at remembering them, which can be taken as an insult, but I'm good with numbers. I mean no harm and I do try to commit people's names to mind, but they seem to fly right out. If you have any tips on that, I'd appreciate it. (My friends probably would, as well.)

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That's a cool way to remember the two. My pet peeve, of course, is massage and message. If I got paid for every time I've been called for a "message" I wouldn't have to do any "massage" because I'd be rich. :-)

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;) Now you need to do one on their, there, and they're. :D

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Great post....it can be confusing; especially to those of us here that aren't from the English speaking world.

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I used to have to look up the difference between capital and capitol but when we see words misused on here sometimes it comes from auto correction software which, for example, changed my correctly used word "miniaturist" to "mimimalist" this morning without telling me. Grrrr.

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I think most people do not reread their submissions after they are written. They just write, submit and move on.

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When I see collAge... I think of decoupAge. If you had a higher Education you most likely went to collEge.

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That is a great way to remember how to spell college and collage.

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Nice lesson! I've had a few writing assignments before and the people who are requesting the article to be written with correct "grammer" That just gets me! lol.

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Great post, Peggy. There really aren't any words that trip me up, off the top of my head :)

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