I was, as is my wont, writing a blog post in my head as I walked and it was fine until I came to the bit where I had to say 'exaggerate'.
'I'll have to think of a different word,' I said to George. 'I can't spell exaggerate.'
'So you're going to run away from it?' he asked.
'Yes. That action has stood me in good stead in the past.'
'Wouldn't it be easier to learn how to spell it?'
('Oh, I can spell "it"! Boom boom!)
I stopped mid track. Learn how to spell exaggerate? Is that asking too much of a woman of my age? Can I do it? I can but try.
'Thank you, George, that is excellent advice. I shall look up exaggerate in my trusty Chambers dictionary when I get home.'
Exaggerate. It's easy: 2 gs, 1 x and 1 r. And it stays that way for exaggeration too.
Are there any words you're scared of?