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maggiepy Mon 11-Feb-13 16:26:45

AIBU to think 'henceforward' is a ridiculous word to be teaching yr 6s (or anyone for that matter), henceforth would be bad enough. Understand they are learning about connectives but do we really have be teaching them Ye Olde Englishe? Share your DC's daft spellings here....

valiumredhead Mon 11-Feb-13 16:29:54

I have just asked ds who is in ye 7 if he knew what it meant , he said ' Yeah, it's a connective, like furthermore is' grin


valiumredhead Mon 11-Feb-13 16:30:07


Startail Mon 11-Feb-13 16:37:48


I'm not sure how often in their life most non Japanese people have to write that.

The whole of that list was random.

maggiepy Mon 11-Feb-13 16:38:59

Sorry valiumredhead , yes year, but when were either of these words commonly used in either written or spoken English? Seems very dated don't you think?

Pandemoniaa Mon 11-Feb-13 16:41:36

Forsooth, but I fear you may be treading on unreasonable territory.

FuriousRox Mon 11-Feb-13 16:44:59

Ah you never know when a random word might come in use. Dont knock them. In my first proper job interview I was asked a bunch of maths and finance questions. Got them all wrong. Then asked to spell minuscule and pharaoh. Got the job.

Lancelottie Mon 11-Feb-13 16:45:11

It's better than my son's irreproachably useful but unfortunate list from about year 2 or 3:

Oh dear.

maggiepy Mon 11-Feb-13 16:48:53

Henceforward, I will consider myself suitably admonished... off with my head it is then. Whenceforth will I be seeing this truly magnificent word ensconced in everyday use?

maggiepy Mon 11-Feb-13 16:50:30

Love it, Lancelottie

valiumredhead Mon 11-Feb-13 16:55:36

Well, no it isn't in every day use but you would still need to know what it meant, wouldn't you? It's not that unusual in written English.

WowOoo Mon 11-Feb-13 16:55:54

I think I can honestly say I haven't used that word ever, ever in my life.

Lancelottie: I make my son do sentences to practise his new words. Did you do the same for yours ?

Lancelottie Tue 12-Feb-13 21:48:05

Errrmmm.... no grin

Dominodonkey Tue 12-Feb-13 21:52:42

When the new year students start in my borough they all do a spelling test carried out by the SEN staff.

I sometimes have to leave the room as it makes me giggle too much. The spellings are read in pairs with a sentence to show context after. One pair is
'blow' - I blow on my porridge to cool it down. 'job' - My dad has a good job (the sentences are also incredibly sexist and old fashioned.
They also have ridiculous words to spell - one is 'turpentine!'

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