Words beginning with sp...
The collective noun for a team of footballers is squad.

Words beginning with sp...

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"The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval." - Denis Waitley.

One useful way to remember spellings is by noticing if you can find any other words contained within a longer word. Sometimes this is just a coincidence. For example, the word "splendid" contains the word "did", but this is accidental, it does not mean that the two words are related, as can be seen by considering the word "splendour". At other times, the words are clearly connected. So the appearance of the word "pass" in "surpass" is not a coincidence, but occurs because of the words' related meanings.

So, with this in mind, does it seem coincidental that "achievement" almost appears to contain the word "chief"? The words are in fact related through the Old French word, achiever, from which "achieve" is derived. This word in its most literal sense meant to become the head (or chief).

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A plan of action intended to accomplish a specific goal
    The words "stratagem" and "strategy" are related, but what difference can you spot?
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The collective noun for a team of footballers
    Say the word slowly and listen to the sounds made by the -squ- letter combination! This word is not spelled how it sounds, is it?
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A system of recording tabular data, with totals and other formulas calculated automatically
    Take "spread" and add "sheet"
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion
    Don't be caught out by that -ach ending!
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees
    The -are- is likely to be the trickiest part of this word to spell
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A bright, directional light or lamp, especially one used to illuminate the focus or centre of attention on a stage
    "Spotlight" is a compound noun
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Static, showing little if any change
    Take the word "table" and add an s at the beginning
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length
    The -ght- trigraph can be difficult to remember sometimes
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A conventional, formulaic and oversimplified conception, opinion or image
    If you can spell "stereo", you are probably able to spell "stereotype" without difficulty
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A large platform on which people can stand and be seen by an audience
    "Stage" rhymes with "rage", "page" and "gauge" (also "gage", as in "greengage")

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