How to spell diarrhoea

On a recent holiday the question was asked: How many people in this house can spell diarrhoea correctly?


Groover insisted that he didn’t know anyone who could spell it off the bat, even those who profess to be good spellers.

This proved to be the case with an English major, teacher and journalist all failing admirably to spell it correctly. We’re not counting the engineer who can’t spell for toffee (or even possibly toffee).

It took us a while to even check the right spelling in the dictionary because we couldn’t find it due to the weird and unusual ways we were spelling it. Although, to be fair, we had put the engineer on dictionary duty.

So when we finally found the blasted word we decided we’d better make up a mnemonic to remember it and here’s what we came up with:

Disaster in Arse, Run Run Hide, Or Explosion Arrives

Another one found on the net is:

Dash In A Real Rush, Hurry Or Else Accident!

I think ours is a little more… earthy? A little less school-friendly perhaps.

Which one do you prefer? Or do you have your own?