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  • 28 Jan 2010
    Michael Ruse

    Michael Ruse’s Spelling Test

    Michael Ruse is a prominent philosopher and a bad speller. Should this puzzle the rest of us? via Brainstorm Health-care reform is set to become my King Charles's Head. I am going to find it difficult to write anything without it coming up in the middle. Fifty-seven million people in the United States of America without healthcare insurance and we -- at least those blocking reform -- call ourselves a Christian nation. Shame, shame, shame. But, spurred by a well-merited criticism of my last blog, I want to write about something else that has been on my mind and which I intended to raise at some point. So why not now? I have in my possession a school report from when I was about 10 years old. My mother was a schoolteacher and we took school reports very seriously in my family. They were not glanced at, signed, and then forgotten. They were returned, stored safely, and discussed on pertinent occasions in the future. The report, said he modestly, is pretty good. "Sports" is a bit off, but generally I was nicely on track. However, then we come to "Spelling." "B, Michael is improving." Well, there was room for improvement and I am afraid it did not go far. As my perceptive critic noted, I simply cannot spell. On this occasion, I got "miniscule" for "minuscule," but this is nothing. Some words I just blank out on. The other day, I could not for the life of me spell "cloathes," you know those things you put on. I can never spell "campaing," the thing that was the end of Napoleon in Russia. And you may ride in an automobile, but I ride in a "vehcule." And when it comes to, well you know what it is when you have had too many prunes and it begins with a d, I cannot get close enough to look it up in a dictionary.

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