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Mell, Darp, Gom! Nonsense Words Explained

by Katherine Wood

On the desk of any phonics teacher worth their salt, you will find lists full of silly-sounding words like: ‘skron’, ‘spleg’, ‘drom’ and ‘pulk’! These strange words aren’t clues to a viral spelling game but nonsense words. Used as a diagnostic tool, nonsense words give teachers an insight into how much of the phonics code a child has learned and, critically, if they have the underlying skill of blending. In this post, we will explain nonsense words and provide some ready-made nonsense word lists so you can get stuck in right away.


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