Can’t Spell That
What are the most commonly misspelled words?
The stories that autocorrect could tell. Are there certain words that stump us every time? “Tommorrow, Tomorow, I love ya, tommorow..”
Some – student, teacher, employee, boss – have nightmares about being unable to spell simple words in public. When the fear of spelling mistakes reaches phobic levels, it is called ortographobia.
Where are we most likely to stumble in our spelling? A Nick Jr. UK study of 2,000 adults identifies the 50 words that British respondents most frequently struggle to form. Is it a coincidence that ’embarrassment’ comes in at number one? Those double letter words – is it one r and two s’s? Or two r’s and one s? – are particularly tricky.
40% of those polled admit that they type willy-nilly and rely on autocorrect to fix their spelling. Meanwhile, 48% of respondents say that they can’t help but judge people who cannot spell.
Top 50 Common Words That People Find Difficult To Spell.
Nick Jr. UK
No need to rely on our confessions. Unforgiving CPUs can effortlessly track the words that we enter most often for spelling guidance. Oxford Dictionary has their list of Top 10 Misspellings. Can you correct the mistakes?
Oxford Top 10 Most Common Misspellings
(Do not sear into brain. These are incorrect)
Oxford The Correct Spellings
Merriam Webster has their own exhaustive list of commonly mangled words.
Merriam Webster. Most Commonly Misspelled English Words
Can you spot which of these words are spelled wrong here?
g. guerilla warfare
And now for the misspelled words above:
b. concieve should be conceive
e. dissappoint should be disappoint
g. guerilla warfare should be guerrilla warfare
h. acommodate should be accommodate
n. tommorow should be tomorrow
You can test your own spelling – speed and accuracy – through Merriam Webster’s online Spell It game.
Header: Edgar Degas
Image 2: Johannes Vermeer. Mistress and Maid. 1667
Image 3: Rembrandt. Man Sharpening A Quill. 1632