Words beginning with cu...
One's female child is a daughter.

Words beginning with cu...

Currant and current are words beginning at cu which are spelled correctly - dependent on their meaning of course! See how many more you know in this KS3 quiz.

"I don't see any use in having a uniform and arbitrary way of spelling words. We might as well make all clothes alike and cook all dishes alike. Sameness is tiresome; variety is pleasing." - Mark Twain

Do you agree with Twain? Is there something pleasing in spelling words however you choose? Does it matter if another person has to put some effort into deciphering your writing? It probably depends upon who your reader is. If it is a teacher, an employer, or a customer, you will want to make yourself as easy to understand as possible.

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But what of all the fun ways you can spell words in messages to friends? Abbreviations can also be a way of communicating between a group of people who understand them. Word games, too, are based on the many strange qualities of language, and one of the most enjoyable aspects of playing such games is the level of difficulty and effort involved in deciphering, solving or creating a word puzzle. So perhaps Twain was onto something!

Have some fun with this spelling quiz.

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A system of counting using ten digits, '0' through '9' (base 10)
    "Decim-" relates to ten, or a tenth
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Allows a computer user to point to commands or screen positions
    The unstressed o is the tricky part of this word
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To choose
    Remember that the c makes an s sound here
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    An organised body of related information
    "Database" is a compound noun
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To be false or dishonest
    Here is a word which follows the "i before e, except after c" rule
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theatre
    The unstressed syllable here contains the digraph -ai-
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Pieces of information
    Did you know that "data" can be used to refer to a singular item, or it can be understood as plural?
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Occurring in or belonging to the present time
    Be careful not to mix up "current" and "currant"!
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A process that returns to its beginning and then repeats itself in the same sequence
    If you can spell "cycle", you'll be able to spell "bicycle" and "motorcycle"
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    One's female child
    The -aught- is the trickiest part of this word to remember

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