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What are the most commonly mis-spelt words in the English language?

asked in language, spelling

vultan answers:

I have no idea what official statistics might say, but as someone who reads an awful lot of stuff people post on the web, I'd say 'definitely', which everyone spells 'defiantly'.

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imfeduptoo answers:

There's a list here of the top 100 mis-spelt words but I may add to it when I've thought of more myself.


Supplement from 01/12/2009 04:04pm:


And, my bugbear, two that are usually spelt correctly but used wrongly:
As instead of Has
Of instead of have

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Family.Guy answers:

Environment used to get me ;o)

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Russel.West answers:

Dyslexia - why oh why could they not give it an easier descriptive work that any dyslexic could spell?!!!

What I find most when reading copy submitted to our newspaper is the confusion between two, to and too, as well as their, they're, there and thier...

oh and is it mis-spelt or miss-spelled or miss spelled?! ;-)

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sheps101 answers:

The one that comes to mind that so many seams to misspell is benefit - benifit

I have never been sure of the spelling of mis-spelt either and seen various so guess it must be one too.

Supplement from 01/12/2009 05:19pm:

seen an extra m put in amount a lot too

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xoloriib answers:

I'd only be guessing but I'd say a lot of people get mixed up between loose, lose and loos.

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himnextdoor answers:

I think that an anagram is commonly mis-spelled.

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funrunna answers:

fcuk! There must be loads and a dyslexic keyboard, contributes one or two above and beyond my own gems...

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wumpus answers:

Awkward is supposed to be hard to type, so gets a lot of typos.

But I'd suggest that the most frequent is probably something like "adn" or "to/2/too/two"

Supplement from 01/12/2009 11:18pm:

Failing either of those, how about "Delete all notifictations".

I see this every time I click on "Show all" in the notifications window at the top of this screen.

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Arellia answers:

here is a list http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/misspelled.html

diarrhea/diarrhoea always gets and I've seen plenty of people fumble over it where there was no spell check.

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moonzero2 answers:

not mis-spelled possibily but misplaced are their and there

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osbertonbowls answers:

mis-spelt is not allowed in scrabble because it is hyphenated which is against te rules governing allowable words according to the Official rules in the UK.
I had my bonus word 'SEALION' disallowed in one on-line game much to my chagrin as I have seen it spelt that way many times (Operation Sealion [German Invasion of UK 1940], and even on zoo websites eg :
Quite often there are spelling howlers that come up on the breaking news banner at the base of the BBC 24 hr News Channel, one night recently there were three all at one time which lasted for about 10 minutes before being corrected.

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