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Spelling tips for Latin based words:
The following spelling tips come from Merriam-Webster's Spell It!
spelling bee preparation list for English words from Latin. These spelling tips apply specifically to
the Spelling Bee Practice: Words From Latin spelling list
"One of the hardest things to remember about words from Latin is whether an internal consonant (like rr in
interrupt) is doubled. To reinforce your memory of the correct spelling, try to remember related words all
together (like interrupt along with interruption or necessary along with
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"The \ü\ sound (as in ooze) is nearly always spelled with u in words from Latin. It typically follows
a \d\, \j\, \l\, \r\, or \s\ sound. After other consonants, this sound normally becomes \yü\ (as in
bugle, subterfuge, ambiguity, and prosecute and in one pronunciation of
"Beware of words like crescent in which the \s\ sound is spelled with sc in words from Latin. Other
examples include visceral, discern, discipline, susceptible, and corpuscle."
"A related tip: When you hear within a word from Latin the \s\ sound followed by any of the sounds of
e (long, short, or schwa), there’s a possibility that the \s\ sound is spelled with c as in exacerbate,
access, adjacent, condolences, facetious, and necessary."
"The letter i is a vowel often used to connect two Latin word elements. If the connecting vowel
sound is a schwa (\ə\) and you must guess at the spelling of this sound, the letter i might be a
good guess: See carnivore and herbivore. Other examples include non–study-list words that
end in iform such as oviform and pediform."
"The letter k rarely appears in words from Latin, and its sound is nearly always represented
by c as in canary, prosaic, canine, mediocre, Capricorn,
cognition, ductile, incorruptible, vernacular, innocuous, and many
other words on the list."
"The letter x often gets the pronunciation \gz\ in words from Latin (as in exacerbate
"The combination ious ends many adjectives of Latin origin. When the consonant that precedes ious is
c or t, the sound of the final syllable is \shəs\ as in precocious, facetious,
ostentatious, and pernicious. It is important to keep in mind that several adjectives from
Latin ending with this sound end in eous rather than ious. In such instances, the definitions
of the words usually contain phrases such as “consisting of,” “resembling,” or “having the characteristic
of.” Examples include non–studylist words herbaceous, cetaceous, and lilaceous."
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