Only True American Phonetic Dictionary

Only dictionary which invites you to locate the word you are looking for by how it sounds! “Gabby’s Wordspeller & Phonetic Dictionary”.



  1. Steve Bett said


    I think you should illustrate about 6 words.

    You promise a tutorial but I could not find it.

    You say that all you have to do is sound out the word.

    This is rather difficult using English spelling patterns because of the ambiguity and code overlap.

    Do you teach people to use the Dictionary notation?


    • My dear Steve….
      Do you have Powerpoint installed onto your computer? The page where the tutorial is available also has a link to download the powerpoint application. The tutorial should answer all your questions…except one…how do we make all the people happy by getting them to their word as quickly as possible without error?

      Probably cannot make all the people happy. You know that ole’ song, ‘I say potato and you say potaaato’. Which is why a new version has been created with a new title/new publisher, “American Wordspeller” which represents how at least 75% of native Americans tend to pronunciate words. The point of this phonetic dictionary is to aid those who must navigate in America and locate words by how Americans pronounce the words. Took the “R’s” from Texas and put them into Boston.

      There’s nothing scientific going on in this book, just a reflection of over 210,000 misspelled words as Americans actually pronounce and spell them when they do not use the English spelling rules.

  2. jayburs said

    I ordered this book las year. I love it! Just wanted you to no. Just wish spelcheckers worked like how the book works would save me time. You need to get a hold of those people and tell them about your book!

  3. Steve Bett said

    I wonder if those who are delighted with the book can give some examples of words they tried to look up.

    Diane’s tutorial has one good example.

    I think we need about a dozen.

    For instance, how do you spell sizrz or sissers. Webster: /’siz@rz/
    The typical spell checker provides no help unless you recall
    the silent redundant c in the traditional spelling. scissers is incorrect
    but with the C the spell checker can figure it out.
    *scizerz ” however, draws a blank. The spell checker suggests *scherzo and *criticizer You usually cannot use z for /z/ unless TS also uses it..

    As I have said before, I would like the option of using a pronunciation
    guide notation and having a quicker and closer word match. I don’t want a list of 20 wild guesses which may or may not have the word I am trying to find.

    Steve (

  4. The beauty of a phonetic word finder is that the choices for your spellings is minimal. In fact, in Swype (a keyboard platform on phones) I typed in ‘recev’. If you don’t know how to spell ‘receive’. It’s close enough, I would think for any spell checker. The results were, (entree, emote, ene, ent, emigre, entire, eye, were, we’re). So what’s with that?

    You type ‘recev’ into the app, American Wordspeller and you get only one result. Just one. ‘recev’ = receive.
    That’s all, no list. As far as compliments on the dictionary, see the website.

    • Steve Bett said

      Word gives the following possible spellings for *recev


      along with receive as the 1st in the list.

      For riseev it adds ricer but still lists receive–this time as the 3rd choice.

      A phonetic spelling would be /ri’si:v/ (IPA) or riseev.
      What alternatives would such spellings generate with wordspeller?

  5. riseve in American Wordspeller gives 1 result
    “risevuble” = receive(vable)
    So this phonetic wordspeller just covered two words at the same time by using the root word ‘receive’

    risee = ‘riseed (recede)/ riseef (receive)/ riseet (receipt) in Am Wdsplr.

    risiv = nothing (I will put that into the next update, thank you!

    Again, easier to find correct spelling of word if one does not attempt to spell out the entire word. But as time goes on and the database grows…

  6. Steve Bett said

    Since ii for /i:/ or ee is not a common spelling pattern in English,
    I don’t see any need to add it. riseev, however should be and is in there.

    ree’seev and ree’seet should probably be included since some dictionaries
    use ee for both /i/ (the short ee) and /I/ as in sit.

    You are trying to anticipate how people might spell a pronunciation.
    They often spell by analogy which means the invented spelling will
    usually be one of the common ones found in other English words.

    You might check out freespeling.ocm. Viewers are encouraged to suggest new spellings for words.

    Richard Wade compiled a list of the 500 favorite or most popular respellings.

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