Archive for June 14th, 2012

How Do You Spell That?

June 14, 2012

Spelling has always come easily for me.  All through my elementary and high school years, and on to college, I was fortunate enough to not have to struggle with the orthography of the English language.  But then again, I never entered or participated in the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee either (which took place at the end of May).   Back in the 60’s, a couple of Tulsans won this prestigious event: John Capehart (1961, winning word: smaragdine) and Michael Kerpan, Jr. (1965, winning word: eczema).

orthography

\awr-thog-ruh-fee\, noun;

1.  the art of writing words with the proper letters, according to accepted usage; correct spelling.
2.  the part of language study concerned with letters and spelling.
3.  a method of spelling, as by the use of an alphabet or other system of symbols; spelling.
4.  a system of such symbols: Missionaries provided the first orthography for the language.
5.  an orthographic projection, or an elevation drawn by means of it.  Note: an orthographic projection is a two-dimensional graphic representation of an object in which the projecting lines are at right angles to the plane of the projection.  Also called orthogonal projection.