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07/26/2011 01:01 PM

8th grade final exam

barelymanic
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This is just a small part of an email i received talking about an 8th grade final exam from back in 1895. Do any of you know what the following is?

Orthography (Time, one hour)

[Do we even know what this is??]

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?

2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?

3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?

4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.

5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.

6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.

point being their 8th grade education was pretty tough.W00t

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07/26/2011 01:11 PM
mem4809

Sounds like a linguistic's course to me!

07/27/2011 03:48 AM
InvisibleMe
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I end up getting a lot of 9th graders I have to teach that can't read or write because it's not taught like that any longer. You were lucky. It's not as hard as it sounds, though Smile(pun intended).

07/27/2011 04:10 AM
barelymanic
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Really, what is orthography?

07/27/2011 04:33 AM
mem4809

Orthography (you can google search stuff too)--the study of spelling and systems of spelling in a language. Feel free to PM about other questions.

07/27/2011 04:39 AM
barelymanic
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Thanks, just being lazy. I actually do not like surfing the web, sometimes the explanation of what a word means is pretty pathetic. I am trying to wrap my head around what decompensation is.

07/27/2011 10:40 AM
tova1836
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I like words. Decompensation in mental health is basically what used to be called a nervous breakdown. It is described as falling apart mentally to the point of being unable to carry on the tasks of daily living, much less work for a prolonged period. SSDI looks for this in evaluating mental health claims.

07/27/2011 12:25 PM
barelymanic
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Thanks, i only knew about a nervous breakdown. Didn't get that is what it meant from the definition i found on the web. It was too complicated.
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