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Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:41 PM

In the battle against senility, I've managed to smoothly and correctly spell "pyrolysis."

I don't know why, but for the last several years, whenever I go to spell the word "pyrolysis," I find myself typing pyrrolysis, pyrollysis, pyrrollysis, etc.

I've noticed that in the last several months, I'm spelling the word correctly every time.

When I was a kid, I thought I was a candidate for spelling bee competitions. The invention of the computer disabused me of that notion, but now, near the end of my life, I've managed to correctly spell, every time, this word, which I run across several times a week, sometimes, like today, ten or twelve times in a single day.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:45 PM

1. I too was an excellent speller until spellcheck turned me into a lazy slob

Itís sad.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:45 PM

2. I am glad you spelled it right

Although you could have gone with any spelling you wanted. I did not have any idea what it is.

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:46 PM

3. And now that I have looked it up

Hopefully I will not need to use it unless referring to my compost pile.

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:55 PM

7. I had t look it up, too.

Always good to expand my vocabulary.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:48 PM

4. What do you do that you run across this word...

...so frequently?

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:51 PM

5. OBVIOUSLY an arsonist...DUH!

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:51 PM

6. I think about ways to stop, even reverse, climate change. n/t.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 02:13 PM

11. Oh...uhhhm...well...i take it back then.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 01:57 PM

8. Great. Now you can take on "syzygy."

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 02:08 PM

9. I have yet to ever spell (double checks) pyrolysis.

Well, except for right now, but that doesnít really count.

Does it?

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 02:11 PM

10. It counts. You have successfully spelled it and made far few errors than I have made.

You'd have to go along way to match me in number of misspellings of the word.

I must have made this error thousands of times.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 02:17 PM

12. I will never threaten your record, as I have never had a

need to use that word, let alone spell it.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #12)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 02:22 PM

14. Thank you. I don't hold many records, so I'm glad this one is secure. n/t.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Sun Apr 25, 2021, 02:18 PM

13. I am so spelling impaired that I spent most of my replies to essay exams

Scribbling through the words that I couldn't spell correctly. The technique worked so well, I was never required or motivated to learn how to spell the scribbled words. I attribute my success to the redundancy inherent in the English language. I remain a woefully inadequate speller and I am completely unashamed of my my use of this compensatory technique.

Congrats on your spelling success, NNadir. Thanks for the post.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 06:02 AM

15. Hmmm ... but was it at the cost of forgetting how to spell "pyrrole" ?

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 26, 2021, 06:42 AM

16. Possibly this is the source of my life long errors.

It may well come at that cost. I don't do much organic synthesis these days, and that particular heterocycle seldom garners a structure I see in mass spec, unless in an indole in a tryptophan or a tryptophan mimetic, so I'm fairly safe.

No one ever accused Germans of consistent or reliable spelling.

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