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    well, I have two words for you: money owing :)

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    It depends what you mean by 'the hardest'.

    'Sorry is the hardest word' Elton John sings.

    To me, it's 'antidisestablishmentarianism'.

    Cheers, TeeKay

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    I think the most difficult words in the English language are as follows:

    (a) The ones that have more than one spelling like, traveling (American English) and travelling (British English), which are spelled either way in Canada, and so I am never sure which spelling variation to use.

    (b) Those -ie- and -ei- words like, believe and receive, because I can never seem to remember how they're spelled, and when you don't know how to spell a word correctly, you tend to choose another word, one that doesn't express exactly what you wanted to say.

    c) Words that end in -able and -ible like, terrible and probable. Speakers pronounce the vowels 'a' and 'i' as schwa, a neutral vowel, which makes it difficult because the Roman alphabet doesn't have a letter for schwa, so I'm forever looking -able and -ible words up in my dictionary.

    x-mas:

    By the way, try, "What's the most difficult word in the English language?"

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    'Phthisis' is not an easy word to say or spell.

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    'Phthisis' is not an easy word to say or spell.
    You can phthsay that again.

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    A word can only be hard to a person who's using it.

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    Regarding spelling receive and believe, my mom told me to just remember the name ALICE. L is followed by i in believe and c is followed by e in receive
    RAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    You can phthsay that again.
    Try that with a gap between your front teeth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ram
    Regarding spelling receive and believe, my mom told me to just remember the name ALICE. L is followed by i in believe and c is followed by e in receive
    RAM
    That's an excellent mnemonic device, thank you. Please tell your mom she's wonderful.

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