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Friday, June 17, 2005

Spelling Tip of the Day

I have always had a hard time spelling the word "hors d'oeuvres," for the times I've sent out party invites. And it's a pain in the tush to try and find it on M-W.com. So here's a good way to remember how to spell it:

HORSE (but no"E") + DOE+ UVRAYS (But spelled like it's pronounced by Julie Andrews in the D0-Re-Mi song on the Sound of Music...UV UV+RE...silent H...S)

Then remember there's an apostrophe after "D." Or, if you took French (I did not), apparently "oeuvres" means "works," if you can remember that (I'm not putting money on it, because I just used freetranslation.com). Here's a fun article on food spellings.


Blogger Kris said...

Gosh, that sounds like almost as much trouble as anything!

17 June, 2005 09:13

Blogger vander said...

So apparently commenting has reached a lull. Luckily, there's nothing like a great appetizer to get people talking. Or spelling.

My good ol' dutch heritage lends itself to some interesting food spellings as well. For example, there is a brownie-esque Christmas staple at Gramma's I've had approximately nine hundred times but only recently learned how to spell: boter koek. Means "butter cake". Pronounced "boat-er-kook". Everyone has the recipe, but nobody's tastes like hers, which is a sure sign of a good dessert. Liver and onions is ALSO a dutch staple, but that's gross, so it doesn't get a fancy name.

17 June, 2005 09:14

Blogger vander said...

Mornin', Kris.

17 June, 2005 09:14

Blogger Pete said...

Speaking of spelling

17 June, 2005 11:08

Blogger Lalah DeSha said...

Hmmm...I'm confused now. Of course, I'm a horrible speller anyway. Oh, and the Napoleon thing was funny there Pete!

17 June, 2005 11:44

Blogger Lalah DeSha said...

Hmmm....I'm confused now. I think I'll just say appetizers instead. Much easier to spell!
Oh, and the Napoleon thing was pretty funny there Pete!

17 June, 2005 11:45

Blogger Lalah DeSha said...

Uh...didn't realized I posted the same comment 2x only slightly different...geez! Guess the sinus medicine is kicking in!

17 June, 2005 11:46

Blogger Kris said...

what are you talking about "Morning Kris"...I've been up since 6 something, just like everyone else, except Lalah. Last day of my physics class, I WILL get to sleep in next Monday!

17 June, 2005 12:27

Blogger vander said...

Now, now, Kris. I did not mean to insult. I was simply saying hello because I saw your post pop up the same time as mine, not to imply that all educators are lolling about aimlessly all summer while I slave away. Only my newly-graduated roommates are doing that. (Sigh.)

Also, not everyone has been up since six. I was awake promptly at eight....thirty.

17 June, 2005 13:30

Blogger Kris said...

I take no offense, as I will be lounging around the pool all next week with Canterbury while you slave away...then I work the next week, then I get to lounge all through July!

17 June, 2005 17:59


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