Have you seen the current movie Akeelah and the Bee, which I highly recommend? It follows the contestants in an extremely stressful, demanding competition, but not the sort of sport you would think of: the U.S. national spelling bee.
This week we'll look at words from this year's bee. Each day I'll give you the phonetic pronunciation, so that you can try your hand at spelling the word; the link given will reveal the actual spelling to you.
'plεksjŏŏę(r) – a plaiting or interweaving
[ε–dress; ŏŏ–foot; ę–another (schwa)]
– J. P. Kennedy (credit OED for quote)
I've never even heard of the word, but I'll have a go. How about "pleks-jouer"?
If you have serendipity, what does one call the thing you find?
truvαy – a lucky find; a windfall; something interesting, amusing, or beneficial discovered by chance
[u–goose; α–palm; start]
– Thackery, Vanity Fair
Spelling of yesterday's word: plexure – a plaiting or interweaving
I should have realised it had an X in the middle . Ah well.
I'll try and do better with the next one. How about Trouvais?
missib'l – (of liquids) capable of being mixed together, in any proportion (In other words, like alcohol and water; not like oil and water.) The opposite is im~.
– Thomas Kielinger, National Review, Oct. 24, 1994
I'm not doing too well with these am I . Ah well. I'll try this one - Miscible.
răsh' ē ŏs' * nāt' (rash ee OS uh nayt) – to reason methodically and logically
[*=schwa] [More often used in its –tion form.]
– C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
For such a superhuman being, ~ation was too tawdry and ordinary a matter. A Duce did not reason; he inspired
– R. J. B. Bosworth, Mussolini's Italy: Life Under the Fascist Dictatorship, 1915-1945
YAYYYY!!! I got yesterday's !
OK - boosted by the confidence gained in that one, I'll try Ratiocinate.
tĕ-REET – cylindrical (but typically with slight taper at the ends) and smooth
[from Latin for 'rounded'. Used of fleshy leaves, as in orchids, or other plant parts; a picture is worth a thousand words.]
– Alec Pridgeon, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids
YAYYYYY!!! Another one correct ! Actually, I'll come clean - I knew that one !
I'll have a complete blind guess at today's. How about Tayrete?
gr* VEE *l*nt – having a rank smell
– Richard Francis Burton, Wanderings in West Africa
Back to square one again as they say .
Ok, how about "gravelant"?
Today's hard-to-spell word pertains to words, specifically to verbs. Click link for spelling.
seemεl-fæk-tiv – of a verb: expressing the sudden and single occurrence of an action, e.g. cough; sneeze; glimpse; flash; tap
[ε=dress; æ=trap, bath (U.S.)]
– Robert D. Van Valin, Jr., Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface
Ah, so that's what graveolens means in botanical terms!!!
Ah well. I've got TWO right so far, so let's try this latest one. Since it pertains to events happening at the same time, I'll try Simulfactive.
Graveolent from Latin gravis 'heavy' and olens 'smelling'. Cf. saying: pecunia non olet. (Money doesn't stink.) From Suetonius Twelve Caesars. Supposed to have been said by Vespasian to his son Titus. The emperor had levied a urine tax on public latrines in Rome, and was criticized for this by his son. He held up a coin and pointed out that it didn't smell.
—Ceci n'est pas un seing.