WORDS: How absurd is that word…


At times words can be kind of strange…don’t you agree?

I was helping my little girl with her spelling homework last night and looking at her list of fourteen words. As she wrote quarter I looked at it once and then twice and then a third time and wondered if she had written it correctly.

I studied it, I brought the word closer to my face, I mean, I really analysed & scrutinised it, but it looked really strange… quarter

She thought I was going a little around the bend. She promised me that she’d copied it down correctly and that I shouldn’t be so uppity about it. But I couldn’t help it…quarter…looked unusual…weird…I wrote and re-wrote the word about a dozen times on a scrap piece of paper…quarterquarterquarter…etc, until my fingertips began to pain.

In fact, the more I wrote quarter the more alien it became. It no longer looked like any word I knew, let alone what it was meant to be. Finally, I surrendered and searched the book case for the trusty dictionary and was pleasingly reassured quarter was written there loud and clear.

My daughter stared at me like I was half mad…she was probably right for in that moment I was bamboozled, baffled by a word as straightforward as quarter.

Have you ever felt the same strange sensation, writing a word copiously and furiously turns it into a nothing at all? Maybe it’s because the more you focus on it, the more your mind refuses it…

One thing is certain, my little girl will spell quarter right in her test at the end of the week…



6 thoughts on “WORDS: How absurd is that word…

  1. Oh this happens to me sometimes! Out of the blue, a word I read or say will sound strange and out of place for some reason. Then, I keep repeating it over and over till I feel comfortable with it:-)

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. Isn’t it strange how the simplest words can be so complex for no reason? Will take your advice and try repetition. Thank you

  2. This is so true it has happened to me too, sometimes I have to put the word out of the way and then re-read it later. I find this helps me.

  3. This happened to me this morning with my SMS spelling list.. Unforgettable.. I thought the double t was really weird looking but then again it may have been because we were doing homework at 8.45 am because… Oh yes we forgot…tomorrow is a public holiday and homework is due Thursday YAY.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s