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  Kids can spell Beckham but not Shakespeare
Updated 04 September 2002, 11.15
Mis-teeq: you can spell that
Most of you can spell David Beckham but haven't got a clue about Shakespeare.

Fact File
How you did
80% got David Beckham right
32% can spell William Shakespeare
Only 8% got author Jane Austen right
Shakespeare himself spelled his name in different ways

A new survey reckons you're so influenced by pop and TV that if you're asked to spell the word 'mystique' you write Mis-Teeq!

When something catches your interest you're more likely to spell stuff right, like 'metatarsal', the bone Becks broke in his foot.

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William Shakespeare: spelt his own name in different ways
But simple words like 'favourite' trip you up and you prefer to write the author of Pride and Prejudice as 'Jade' or 'Jayne' Austen rather than 'Jane.'

But there are signs you're still reading books: a whopping 85% of you have no problem spelling 'Hogwartz.' Sorry, 'Hoggwarts.' 'Hogwarts.' Oops.

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