This might not come as a shock but when I was growing up I was awful at spelling. I have some form of dyslexia or thought disorder that makes me leave off letters when I write quickly or for too long, sometimes skipping over things. So that instead of 'The' I will write 'Th', or instead of writing 'more' I will write 'mor'. When it comes to writing larger words I could not grasp the 'i' before 'e' concept, and relied more on sounding things out (I am a very audio focused learner, it is why I talk to myself so much, I am hearing how something sounds so that I can know I am saying it correctly).
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However before I came to the modern times of spell-check and not-giving-a-shit I came up with another solution to my problems. Whenever I would come to a word that I couldn't spell, I would just wrack my mind for a much more difficult word to use in its place. That way, I thought, my teacher would be so impressed that I was trying to use a harder word, that she wouldn't mind that it had a misplaced 'e' or something.
I believe that is why I also have such odd diction, I often mispronounce words, or over pronounce them, or pronounce them five or six different ways when I first read them to try and put them together in my head so I can write them down later. So I have some people thinking I'm crazy, others who think I am from Britain because of how I pronounce random things.
This practice of turning 'varios' (various') to 'miscelanious' ('miscellaneous') is what I blame my current vocabulary and stilted speech on. However I cannot spell most of what I say, which leaves me even more dependent on spell-check and not-giving-a-shit, when I have to write things out. To that end the 10 words I use with high frequency that I can't trust myself to spell without a pause.
11) Finagle- verb; to obtain something by dishonest means. (Phinagle)
10) Flabbergasting- adjective; surprising or astonishing. (Flabergasting)
9) Philistine- adjective; materialistic and disdainful of intellectual and artistic virtues. (Filistine)
8) Troglodyte- noun; a primitive or cave dweller. (Troglodite)
7) Auxiliary- adjective; back up. (Axilary)
6) Tertiary- adjective; not of the top priority, below secondary. (Tersiary)
5) Extraneous- adjective; irrelevant. (Extrainious)
4) Delude- verb; deceive. (Dalude)
3) Deduce- verb; figure out. (Daduce)
2) Ascertain- verb; to find out with certainty. (Acertain)
1) Miscellaneous- adjective; various and irregular. (Miscelanious, my spelling has not improved since the second grade on this one)