From The Writing Cave

Under the Spell of a Familiar Word

January 13, 2021

Have you ever looked at a word and then wondered if it’s spelled correctly? I don’t mean a word like acknowledgment or even vacuum. That double u thing can be confusing. No, I mean a word like the. Here’s the thing. Many times I take notes by hand on a good old-fashioned paper note pad beside me, and every once in a while, I write a word, and suddenly it looks wrong somehow. I have no idea why it happens. The term is usually one I have been writing since I learned how to write, and for no apparent reason, I have forgotten how to spell it or, more precisely, what it should look like. Does this happen to anyone else? No? Okay…Just forget I mentioned it.