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Question #45230 posted on 05/24/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why is dyslexic so hard to spell?
Likewise, why do you recite at a play but you play at a recital?
Again, why do you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

- Giovanni Schwartz

A: Dear Gio,

See Board Question #20207 for the answer to your third question.

- the librarian
A: Dear Giovanni,

Dyslexic's spelling makes sense to me, once I realize that it comes from the same root as "lexicon" (the Greek lexis: "word"). Since this is kind of a subjective state of a word ("hard to spell"), I can't give you much of an objective answer, although I would suspect that you might assume that the word had Latin roots and spell it with an "i" instead of a "y".

Personally, I wouldn't say "I recited in a play," but "I acted in a play." It sounds more natural to say, "I'm reciting my lines." A recital isn't limited to playing an instrument either, it could be a narrative or recitation (although that usage seems a little unnatural to me too). So, I'd say it's because of the same reason you can do opposite things when you dust a crop and dust a counter. Here is a slightly related dinosaur comic.

-Whistler