Frequently Misspelled Words


List of Words That Are Often Spelled Incorrectly

One of the quickest ways you can lose credibility is to make spelling errors in your written communication.

Most words can be spelled correctly by sounding them out phonetically and spelling them based on that. However, as always in the English language, there are many exceptions.

Below is a list of the correct spelling (U.S.A.) of some of the most commonly misspelled words. (For the most frequently seen cases of misspellings, I have highlighted the most common misspelling of the word in brackets, and noted that it is NOT spelled that way even though you will often see it spelled like that, incorrectly).

abhor
abysmal
accommodate (NOT accomodate)
acquaintance (NOT aquaintance)
across (NOT accross)
aggressive
all right
anomalous (NOT anomolous)
appearance
arctic (NOT artic)
argument
attorney
awkward
battalion
believe (NOT belive)
bizarre (NOT bizzarre)
calendar (NOT calandar)
canister
Caribbean (NOT Carribbean)
cartilage
census
chauffeur (NOT chauffer)
Chile (the country)
chilly
chlorophyll
coherent, coherence (NOT coherant)
colleague
Colombia (the country)
Columbia (District of)
coming (NOT comming)
committee
commitment
comparative
concomitant
connection
conscious
consensus
consistent, consistency (NOT consistant)
corollary
correspondence
definite (NOT definate)
descend
desiccate (NOT dessicate)
develop
diarrhea
diphtheria
disappoint (NOT dissapoint)
discernible
domain
dysentery
ecstasy (NOT ecstacy)
embarrass (NOT embarass)
exaggerate
excerpt
exhilarate (NOT exelerate)
existent, existence (NOT existant, existance)
exonerate
exorbitant (NOT exhorbitant)
Fahrenheit (NOT Farenheit)
Filipino (of the Philippines)
focus, focuses
focused
focusing
foreseen
forty (NOT fourty)
gauge
genealogy NOT geneology)
gist (NOT jist)
glamorous (NOT glamourous)
government (NOT goverment)
grammar (NOT grammer)
guard (NOT gaurd)
guerilla (NOT geurilla)
harass (NOT harrass)
hemorrhage (NOT hemmorage)
hereditary
histogram
honorary
hypocrisy
hypothesis
immediately
independent, independence (NOT independance)
indispensable
infinitesimal
inoculate (NOT innoculate)
inscribe
insistent, insistence
interrupt
iridescent
irrelevant
irresistible (NOT irresistable)
laboratory
liaison (NOT liason)
lightning
liquefy
marshal
measure
medicine (NOT medecine)
memento
millennium (NOT milennium)
miniscule
Mississippi
misspell
moccasin
Morocco
naptha
Neanderthal (NOT Neandertal)
necessary (NOT neccessary)
negotiation
nickel (NOT nickle)
occasional
occurrence
ophthalmology (NOT opthamology)
paraffin
parallel
pavilion
Philippines (country)
piece
pneumonia (NOT neumonia)
polyethylene (NOT polyethelene)
polystyrene
Portuguese (NOT Portugese)
possession
preferred
preferential
privilege (NOT privelige)
proceed
pronunciation
ptomaine (NOT tomaine)
publicly
quadriplegia, quadriplegic (NOT quadrapelegia)
rarefy (or rarify)
really
recede
receive (NOT recieve)
recommendation (NOT recomendation)
referred
religious (NOT religous)
reminiscent (NOT reminisant)
resistant, resistance (NOT resistence)
responsible
rheumatism (NOT reumatism)
rhythm
sacrilegious (NOT sacreligious)
sense (NOT sence)
separate (NOT seperate)
soybean (NOT soyabean)
spatial (NOT spacial)
stochastic
successful
supersede (NOT supercede)
tariff (NOT tarriff)
tendency
therefore
thorough
threshold (NOT threshhold)
tomorrow
truly (NOT truely)
until (NOT untill)
weird
wherever (NOT whereever)
which
withhold (NOT withold)
writing (NOT writting)
written (NOT writen)


The above is the best list of commonly misspelled everyday words that I was able to put together when I researched and wrote this page. If you think of other commonly misspelled everyday words, go ahead and add them to your own list; and please let me know by e-mail via the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I can eventually add them here.


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