We were having a debate over how to spell the word "vacuum." The girl who had just taken my ex-boyfriend spoke up on the opposing team.
We were at a total impasse. The entire class knew about our heated boyfriend history. They also knew I would never confront anyone, unless it was her. So there I was, making my stand with one word and full on girl eye contact.
"Two c's." I stated as fact.
"Two u's." She returned just as poisonously.
"Could someone please go get the Dictionary? We'll settle this fair and square," implored the teacher who was giddy over an impassioned classroom war.
Someone fetched the Dictionary and read, "Vacuum. V-A-C..."
I held my breath.
After the second "U" my entire body filled up with icy hot right up to my earrings.
"Two u's," Boyfriend Stealer said like she was sitting on his lap.
Needless to say, I rarely trust my spelling anymore and use spell check whenever possible. God Bless the person who got tired of people using i after e especially after c.
Spell check has saved my goose on more than one occasion (see, right there) and here is proof I cannot live without it.
My 80something year old neighbor is recovering from knee surgery. This is his third surgery in one year and it's taking a toll on him and his wife. We wanted to bring them dinner so the kids made cookies and what I think are super cute place mats. Abby and I cooked them soup today. We had the perfect plan.
The perfect plan until I had to grab a pen and spread my wings without my beloved spell check.
Here, see if you spot it.
Sadly, I didn't realize my mistake until after we delivered the goods. Oh well, we can only hope this wonderful couple is distracted by the kids' fancy handiwork on their place mats.
Maybe they'll think the kids did the labels too :)
There it is. Do you see it? Vacuum all over again. In the form of two Ls instead of one. I spelled broccoli wrong.
May she never know I taught English to 6th through 12th graders just a couple of years ago. I hear they have Smart Boards in the classroom now. Tons of spell check wings there I'm banking on in case I ever get back to that profession. That is, if the English Department hasn't revoked my diploma yet.
Oh spell check, you had me at vacuum.
What is your word that you always get wrong?