I was the 1962 Spelling Champion of Carroll County.
The word I won with was CARBURETOR. The guy I beat was Tony.
Tony spelled it with an A where the last E is.
You know? That word should be spelled with an A
"CARBURATOR" There: Much better!
Where am I going with this, you must be asking yourselves, right?
Well, one reason I was such a good speller as a kid was because I learned to
English by using a German-English dictionary, so I had to really look at
the word and see the order of the letters, how the word is pronounced and
what it means. I'd say I spent about half a minute with each word.
"Get to the POINT, Bill!"
The blackboard's gone.
The one in my brain.
The one which has the word conveniently written on it, so in spelling a
word, all I have to do is "look" at the letters and read them off one by one.
I don't know exactly when the blackboard was taken away, but it's gone, and
now all that's up there is letters, LOTS of letters - just floating around
and all jumbled up. ALL jumbled up!
Give me back my blackboard!