January 23, 2010

Spelling “Massachusetts”.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 5:18 pm

Much laughter ensued when the word “Massachusetts” was misspelled in a Martha Coakley campaign ad. I know I laughed.

The truth is, though, that if Freddy Cannon had not recorded Boston “My Home Town”, I probably would screw up the spelling too. Since first hearing that record back when it was released in 1960 (Oy!), I sing a portion of the refrain in my head every time I have to spell “Massachusetts.”

It works wonders.

OK, here’s another spelling confession. When called upon to spell the word “encyclopedia,” I sing the Jiminy Cricket song from the Mickey Mouse Club
show in my cruller. Several years ago, I asked a bunch of people approximately my age to spell “encyclopedia” aloud, and it was clear to me that, to a person, they were singing the Jiminy Cricket song in their heads as they were spelling.

You’re welcome.


  1. WOW, Jim, I thought I was the only one singing the encyclopedia song in my head! Holy, crap, I still remember MOST of the songs from The Mickey Mouse club. Of course we both know the REAL reason guys our age turned the dial to channel 7 everyday at 5:30. Hehehe. American Bandstand, and then, at 5:30, Annette. Ahhhh, life was good. 😉

    Comment by JerseyJerry — January 23, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  2. *sigh* You’re making me feel really, really old.

    Comment by Jean — January 23, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  3. Prior to the American fascination with ever higher forms of education & advanced degrees, the people used four letter words more often. They managed to get their message across usually without any misunderstanding & spelled the words correctly.
    Just Saying…..sometimes advancement is not all it`s cracked up to be.

    Comment by dudley1 — January 24, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  4. By the way,I hit the submit button to quickly…….
    “R-O-D-N-E-Y R-H-A-T-T” Rodney Rhatt! Da Da Da, Rodney Rhatt!…..We did not care for Mickey all that much, sing along with that if you will!

    Comment by dudley1 — January 24, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

  5. I sing the Oscar Mayer song in my head whenever I have to spell bologna. SEE! I just did it again!

    Comment by Laura — January 25, 2010 @ 7:24 am

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