Mnemonic Weekly Tip: # 44          January 25, 2004
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The Problem
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The word challenge is difficult to spell for those of us who are poor spellers.  I know this so well. This week when I was on the road doing training in Western Pennsylvania, I was trying to spell the word challenge.  Without the electronic speaking dictionary or a computer with spell check, I was stuck.  I resolved to find a mnemonic clue to remember how to spell the word challenge once and for all since this is not the first time I have found myself frustrated by the spelling of this word.  When I analyze why I cannot spell the word challenge, there is no apparent reason.    I can recognize it when reading, and when I am looking at it, I cannot imagine how I spell it incorrectly.  But these are the various ways that I have spelled to word:  challange, challene, challege, challennge and, yes, occasionally I do spell it correctly.   

  The Mnemonic Clue  
           The word challenge contains the small word hall and it begins with a c, but that is not where my problem lies.  It is with the letter combination enge.  But if I focus on the last part of the word, I see that the word engine is there.  It just does not have the in.  “Taking the in out of engine in the word challenge is a challenge.”  Now I can spell challenge and so will some of your students.   
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Richard Cooper