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How Do You Spell “Transistions” Again? [Bloggin on the ETC]


I’m over at Girlfriend’s Book Club this week, blogging about words I can pronounce but can’t spell and even more frustrating, words I can spell, but can’t pronounce. Check it out….


It’s funny that this cycle’s topic is “Transitions” or as I like to call it before spell check gives me a red line, “Transistions.” It’s mostly funny because I’m currently going through so many transitions: second agent, second publishing company, second book edit, moving house, finishing up an almost promotion-free year of content generation — that I don’t think I could possibly do justice to this topic without having my post go obscenely long.

So instead let’s talk about random words we can’t spell without the help of spell check. As you already know, “transition” is on the list for me. So is “separate” and “paparazzi” — the latter used to be much more frustrating back when I wrote about celebrities for a living.

The only thing worse than words you can say but not spell are the words you can spell but can’t say. For example I once embarrassed myself but good while walking to lunch with a former boss.

“What do you want to eat?” she asked.
Me: “Oh, I don’t know. Lately I’ve had such terrible food in-u-eye.”
Her: “What?” Me: “You know, I haven’t felt that passionate about eating food in general.”
Her: [laughing rather hard] “Oh, you mean ahn-wee!”

And that’s how I learned to pronounce “ennui.” [MORE]