Are you a spelling champion and ready to prove it? Even for many people who grow up speaking the English language, spelling poses a challenge throughout their lives. This is because the English language is exceptionally tricky. A true mutt of a language with roots and influence all over the world, words from different sources often have different spelling rules. Words with Latin roots, for example, look, sound and are spelled differently than words with Greek roots. This is part of the reason why English appears to have inconsistent rules.
There is a reason spelling bees are popular contests that people often watch in total suspense. It takes a lot of skill to spell some of the English language's longest, oddest and most deceptive words perfectly under pressure. Most people even have a few mistakes when using a spell checker. Spelling words perfectly, the first time, from memory requires an impressive amount of brain power. It can be difficult, and sometimes even seem impossible, to get every last tricky word perfectly correct.
If you are a lover of all the quirks of the English language with a knack for getting your words right, put your mind to the test with this difficult HowStuffWorks spelling quiz!
Eternal is an adjective. It describes things which last forever.
Immigrant is a noun. It is a person who comes to live permanently in a country they were not born in.
Pyramid is a noun. A pyramid is a structure with a square or triangular base that comes to a point at the top.
Quest can be a noun or verb. It is both a long arduous search and undertaking one.
Blossom is the correct spelling. It is both a noun and a verb.
Celebrity is a noun. A celebrity is a famous and well-known individual.
Fiber is a noun with multiple meanings. It can be applied to human, animal and plant bodies, textiles and foods.
Revolve is a verb. It means to move in a circle on a central axis.
Myth is a noun. Myths are traditional stories or legends.
Envy is both a noun and a verb. It comes from the Latin word invidere, meaning to regard maliciously.
Shrewd is an adjective. It means savvy and clever.
Ally is the correct spelling. An ally is a friend, or someone aligned positively with something else.
Epidemic is a noun. An epidemic is a deadly disease that infects large numbers of people.
Solitary is an adjective. It means done or existing alone.
Withdraw is a verb. It means to remove or take away.
Agile is the correct spelling. It is an adjective which means deft and graceful.
Placid is an adjective. It means calm.
Cannibal is a noun. A cannibalistic creature eats its own kind.
Disaster is a noun. Synonyms include tragedy, misfortune and failure.
Drowsy is an adjective. It means sleepy.
Fertilizer is a noun. It is a chemical or natural substance added to soil or land to make it more fertile.
Festive is an adjective meaning celebratory. It comes from the Latin word festum which means feast.
Grudge is both a noun and a verb. It can mean a feeling of resentment or to resent.
Jolt is both a noun and a verb. Synonyms include thrust, bump, and jerk.
Logic is a noun. It comes from the Greek word logos, which means word or reason.
Poverty is a noun. It is the state of being extremely poor.
Vanish is a verb. It means to disappear.
Anguish is a noun. It is a deep feeling of grief.
Variety is a noun. It is the quality or state of being diverse.
Antiques are valuable collectibles. Their age gives them their value.
Brisk is an adjective. It means active, fast, or energetic.
Chant is both a noun and a verb. It is both a rhythmic phrase repeated often by multiple people in unison, or the act of doing this.
Hazardous is an adjective. It means dangerous.
Slight is an adjective. It means that something is in a small amount.
Fatality is a noun. A fatality is a death caused by an accident, tragedy, war or disease.