I actually had to look up “misspelled” to make sure I spelled it correctly, ironically enough. I was tempted to toss in just one “s”, but thought better of it and added the second one. What are the most commonly misspelled words in the English language? Can you guess which ones? Are you guilty of spelling some of these words wrong yourself? Let’s find out which words are the most difficult to spell correctly without error, shall we?
2 words I always have to correct after writing them are “vacuum” and “occur”, which are among the most 100 misspelled words in the English language. I wasn’t surprised to find this out. Other words that we commonly misspell are: embarrass, possession, pastime, occasionally, leisure, schedule, calender, ridiculous, lightning, and foreign.
I was surprised to see a lot of commonly used words making the list, like sandal, experience, scissors, separate, tomorrow, height, and even “a lot” (commonly spelled as just a singular word). I thought we only misspelled words like “thesaurus” or “abominable”, but these 2 words aren’t even on the list. However, words like until, weather, intelligence (ironically enough), and even library are among the 100 words we misspell the most in the English language.
The list is a bit alarming in that it’s the words we use the most often that appear to be the ones we screw up the most. “Judgment” I can understand, but seeing “special” hit the list raised my eyebrows a bit. What is the most misspelled word in the English language? According to a survey done by Miriam-Webster dictionary, it’s the word “misspell” itself, followed by tomorrow, effect, judgment, accept, success, and information. Huh. I can understand “effect” being misspelled with an “a” (I actually do this a lot), but tomorrow? Once again, a but surprised to find this out.
It looks like the more common the word is in the English language, the more likelihood there is to spell the word wrong. Even the variances of “there” (like there, their, they’re) are spelled incorrectly or used incorrectly in a sentence more often than not. Good thing we all have spell check.