The UVic Writer's Guide

What Does The Word Sound Like?

This method of determining spelling may not be very effective if one is dealing with a word like Wednesday, but it can assist in the spelling of a word like nonetheless, which is a synthesis of three other words whose spelling ought to be familiar to most. Long scientific or technical words like antidisestablishmentarianism are usually easy to spell syllable by syllable. Breaking words down into separate parts makes them less intimidating.

Also note: if you make a mistake in the  pronunciation of a word (saying  "pronounciation," for example), you will probably spell it incorrectly, so be sure to learn the correct way to say the word.

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