How Did I Misspell Dispel?

I entered two spelling bees in my life, and I think of them every time I encounter the words I was eliminated on: nepotism and exchequer. (The former pops up a lot more often than the latter.)

I believe the word dispel will torment me in the same way, since I misspelled it on the front page of this week’s Park Cities People. What’s really frustrating is that I caught the mistake in the proofing process but then got distracted by something shiny and forgot to correct it.

The mistake came in a promo for our Q&A with University Park plastic surgeon Jim Thornton (pictured), who provided funny answers. Be sure to check it out.

(By the way, Thornton’s selection as a subject for our “A Walk in the Parks” feature had absolutely nothing to do with this incident. Purely coincidence.)

4 thoughts on “How Did I Misspell Dispel?

  • February 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Contradict. C-o-n-t-r-a-d-i-c-t.

    I decided to fill in an “i” for the “a” in 4th grade and came in 5th place. I still remember it as well.

    For the record, I spelled Colonel correctly earlier in the bee, which I deemed to be the most difficult word in the whole contest.

    Those kids on ESPN-2 would put both of us to shame.

  • February 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Liaison in 8th grade.

  • February 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    County Bee. “Feeble”. Pathetic, I know. I went too fast — f-e-bb…. Tears. Dad rescued me from the stage.

  • February 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Leprechaun. dang Irish, ridiculous spelling……


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