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GRAMMAR GURU

TALK ABOUT A 'SPELL'
It was a memorable ocasion. Vern suddenly had an urge to explore his unconcious and subconcious minds.

"They're both worth looking into," he told his friend, Dwight.

"What's the difference?"

"I beleive I can learn something. That's why I want to do it."

"No," said Dwight. "What's the difference between them?"

Vern was silent. He was desperate not to embarass himself in front of Dwight, who'd recently recieved a B.A. in vocabulary arts.

Sensing Vern's discomfort, Dwight imediately changed the subject.

"What say we grab some pizza?"

"You got it," said Vern, with relief.

By the time they'd gotten ten feet away, Vern had stopped panicking and had totally forgotten about exploring what he'd thought of as parallell states of mind.

Are the italicized words spelled correctly? Hm.

Answers
1. No -- ocCasion, unconScious, subconScious (Vern didn't get that many urges to begin with.)

2. No -- belIEve (I'll buy that.)

3. Yes and no -- desperate/embarRass/recEIved (Vern was just a cauldron of emotion.)

4. No -- imMediately (Sensitive and educated. What a catch.)

5. Yes -- relief (Vern almost cried with that relief.)

6. Yes and no -- panicking/parallel (That's what was so endearing about Vern. He had the attention span of a fly.)

Ellie Grossman is the author of "The Grammatically Correct Handbook." Visit her at www.thegrammarguru.com.