6.27.2007

How Do You Spell "Contrived"?

Yahoo - school's out! And in order to celebrate the last day of the New York City school year, I'm giving away another pair of sulu-design earrings. This time, the giveaway is for a specific pair of earrings, the Grey Goose design. There are a few of them in my etsy shop, too, just in case you aren't the lucky winner and you'll die without them (we wouldn't want that).


For this contest, I've figured out the most ridiculously contrived set-up to find a winner. I thought a school-related game of chance would be appropriate. It's a bit of a stretch. Humor me. When it comes to academics, my students know that I'm pretty confident in all subject areas (it's hard not to be confident in the content of third grade curriculum). That is, I'm confident in all subjects other than spelling. I've always got a dictionary within arm's reach. I double-check half of the words that I use in my blog posts. And often, in my classroom, I stop in the middle of writing on the board to make sure I've not made a spelling error that my students might copy into their notebooks, scarring them for life. My poor spelling skills are the basis for this contrived contest:
I clicked my way back to one of my posts from last August that I wrote while I was preparing my classroom for the now-ended school year. With that post centered on my computer screen, I closed my eyes, put my finger on a random spot on the post, and recorded the word that I'd pointed to. Here's where you come in. To enter the giveaway, leave a one-word post. Just one word. A random word. A word that has nothing at all to do with my original post. A word that you mutter in your sleep. The first word you see on your nightstand. Just pick one word. Do it by noon on Friday, NYC time. The winner of the contest will be the person whose word is closest in my Webster's Dictionary to the random word I chose from my August post (so if our words start with the same letter, you chances are pretty good. Get it?). How's that for ridiculously contrived? The winner will be announced Friday evening. Good luck, play fair, and don't forget to do your homework.

48 comments:

Erin said...

Glad to meet someone else whom can't spell! I too always have a dictionary at hand and would die without spell check! Okay I am a bit slow in the contest rules...do we need to choose the word from your August post and then leave a one word comment on your blog???

Shari said...

My guess is....

Talapia

Chickenbells said...

administration

shari said...

sailboat.

glad to hear your dad is doing better.

erin said...

you are so funny! i am sitting this one out.

Village Vegan said...

blueberry


because that's what those gorgeous earrings remind me of!

Bebs said...

maintaining

LeeAnn said...

heat

Feli said...

LOVE

kat said...

crackn'ice.

{that's my swear word}

rachel s. said...

"this" is my word

jada said...

summer

Robyn said...

mellifluous

because I have always loved that word. :0)

Erin said...

Verbose!! :o)

beki said...

persnickety
(i just like how it sounds :))

rebecca said...

phantasmagoric

Anonymous said...

breathe.

Too funny. Not only I always have a dictionary at hand, but it is also one in two languages as I am bilingual. But sometimes I beat my husband at spelling and English is his native language.

Ursa

Aveline said...

Sleep. I have difficulty falling asleep, hence have always think of this word whenever I lay in bed :)

Elizabeth said...

ether

laundrygirl said...

relax

Alison said...

cathartic.

liebling said...

oh I love your earrings! and have had my eyes on them for a while thru happysilly and fine little day.
I would like to sell them in my shop in malmö!

picperfic said...

starts

ilka said...

hopskotch

HG said...

misanthrope

I too have a dictionary at my beck and call. My college frosh are especially amused that their instructor isn't that great of a speller.

lottie said...

tortoise

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

freedom!

Even though I run my posts through spell check, my boyfriend can spot an error right away- he hones in on a misspelled word. OK, I'm off to spell check this comment- copy + paste into Word.

...I originally missplelled "hones"

Beth H said...

OH...what a cool way to pick a winner.

My guess is RED.

...no I didn't follow the rules of a one word post...but...that's how I am!

Lynn said...

goat :)

luv Abby said...

bliss

klosekraft said...

Microscopy.

(great earrings!)

abbyjane said...

Yes!

Kate said...

estimate

Holly :) said...

vintage

Connie said...

applesauce

mariss said...

Idiosyncracy

traci said...

muskrat

Mary said...

lucky

Sarah said...

Haberdashery.

ambika said...

Lavendar.

It's the color I've got on.

paula said...

ukelele

:)

Maryanne said...

cactus

Melissa said...

athletic

Patty said...

SILENCE (is my word)

thanks for this fun game! I'm back ...in fact, the last week without internet (it took time to work out what was going wrong with it!)didn't cure me...I love all the more surfing on the web!!!

xxx

Rebecka said...

Barabus

Henna said...

play

Rebecka said...

I misspelled it darn

Barnabas

Chickenbells said...

Ok...better at the rules...

ummm...

manifestation