The 100 Most Misspelled Words

Do you consider your spelling skills exceptable? Or are you already aware that alot of us make mistakes?  Especially when crafting a professional missive, a glaring misspelling can be incredibly embarrasing.

We all have those words that give us problems.  For some reason you spell them incorrectly time and again.  You find yourself hesitating… “is there an extra ‘s’ in here somewhere?”

All joking aside, it can be a real problem when spelling errors crop up in your e-mails, memos and even cover letters and resumes (oof).  Nothing says “this is a rush job” like a spelling error. Do something about it.

Here is a list of the 100 most often misspelled words according to yourdictionary.com.  Give it a quick scan and see if any of these are familiar culprits when it comes to your documents.

 100 Most Often Misspelled Words

  • acceptable
  • accidentally
  • accommodate
  • acquire
  • acquit
  • a lot
  • amateur
  • apparent
  • argument
  • atheist
  • believe
  • bellwether
  • calendar
  • category
  • cemetery
  • changeable
  • collectible
  • column
  • committed
  • conscience
  • conscientious
  • conscious
  • consensus
  • daiquiri
  • definite(ly)
  • discipline
  • drunkenness
  • dumbbell
  • embarrass(ment)
  • equipment
  • exhilarate
  • exceed
  • existence
  • experience
  • fiery
  • foreign
  • gauge
  • grateful
  • guarantee
  • harass
  • height
  • hierarchy
  • humorous
  • ignorance
  • immediate
  • independent
  • indispensable
  • inoculate
  • intelligence
  • its/it’s
  • jewelry
  • judgment
  • kernel/colonel
  • leisure
  • liaison
  • library
  • license
  • lightning
  • maintenance
  • maneuver
  • medieval
  • memento
  • millennium
  • miniature
  • minuscule
  • mischievous
  • misspell
  • neighbor
  • noticeable
  • occasionally
  • occurrence
  • pastime
  • perseverance
  • personnel
  • playwright
  • possession
  • precede
  • principal/principle
  • privilege
  • pronunciation
  • publicly
  • questionnaire
  • receive/receipt
  • recommend(able)
  • referred
  • reference
  • relevant
  • restaurant
  • rhyme
  • rhythm
  • schedule
  • separate
  • sergeant
  • supersede
  • their/they’re/there
  • threshold
  • twelfth
  • tyranny
  • until
  • vacuum
  • weather
  • weird

- Tim Frisbie

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Tim Frisbie Tim is a born storyteller who regularly generates national headlines for KSA's clients. As Senior Account Executive, Tim employs his quick wit and media and political savvy to help organizations find their voice and become more effective public advocates. When he's not at work, you can find him running through Wicker Park, reading about Chicago history and exploring new neighborhoods.

2 Responses to “The 100 Most Misspelled Words”

  1. [...] One note on my behalf: As you see, English is not my first language. So please forgive my strange sentence structure and all the misspellings. I try to get better..;) Off curse course you can send me the corrected versions of my articles. I would appreciate this! At least I just found this list of  100 Most Often Misspelled Words. [...]

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