Quiz: Do You Know These Words That Aren't Spelled Like They Sound?
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Do You Know These Words That Aren't Spelled Like They Sound?
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Are you one of those people who cringe every time you see a misspelled word on the internet? Or are you a person who sincerely wishes that we could forget the fancy spelling already and just spell words the way they sound? If either one of these describes you, then you probably know enough about words to be able to identify at least some of the words in this quiz. Be careful, though: They're not all what they seem to be. Let's get started to find out if you know words as well as you think you do.

In our ideal world, each and every word would be spelled the way it sounds. But, you have to remember that most of the words we use were borrowed from other languages. After all, English was not the first language in the world. Many of the words we use today have their roots in ancient Greek or ancient Latin words, so there are some explanations for why some words are spelled in ways that seem pretty weird to most of us. But, like many of the other rules of language, even the basics of spelling aren't always reliable. If they were, the words dough and cough would be pronounced in a similar way. Since they are not, we've all resigned ourselves to just learning them the hard way.

Are you ready to prove how well you know words?

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How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!