Table 3. The compound words in the KS3 spelling lists.

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As in the other tables, the asterisks mark words that are exceptions to the generalisation about source language.

Compound type

Source language

Words in KS3 spelling lists

Transparent

CD-ROM, charcoal, copyright, crosshatch, database, flowchart, foreground, furthermore, hardware, highlight, keyboard, meanwhile, moreover, network, password, photocopy, software, spotlight, spreadsheet

Opaque

Latin or Greek

agriculture, anthology, atmosphere, carbohydrate, centimetre, chronology, economy, equilateral, infrastructure, isosceles, kilogram, megabyte, multimedia, playwright*, quadriceps, quadrilateral, Saturday*, semibreve, soliloquy, stereotype, triangle, triceps