Somebody get a dictionary

Scene: Mum plays the game Boggle and frequently asks me the spelling of words. The simplest of words.

Mum: How do you spell quittal?

Me: Quittal? Can you say that in a sentence?

Mum: You know, like the law court word. He got a quittal.

Me: Its ACQUITTAL. It’s one word.

Mum: Oh. I wonder who that was who got an A+ in spelling in 3rd grade?

Me: Are you sure it wasn’t alphabet recital?