Word for Wednesday: Extremely

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for 2023 is tricky spelling words. This year, as well as sharing the definition and etymology of each week’s word, we will end every blog post with some tips and tricks to help you spell it.

So far in February, we've looked at the words receivenecessary, and separate. Our fourth word of the month is extremely.

Extremely is used to emphasise the description that comes after it. 

Here is extremely used in some example sentences:

  • I am extremely good at spelling.
  • The weather is going to be extremely wet tomorrow. 
  • We’ve known each other for an extremely long time.

The word extremely dates to the 1530s and is built from extreme and the suffix -ly. Extreme entered English via Old French and dates to the early-fifteenth century. It comes from the Latin ‘extremus’ meaning ‘outermost’ or ‘of the highest or greatest degree’. 

Extremely is spelt with three Es. Three rhymes with E, which should help you to remember the number you need.

Try spelling other e-e words and learn about the word extreme in the Spellzone  Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?.

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