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Common misspellings

Here’s a quick-reference guide to the top misspellings according to the Oxford English Corpus – an electronic collection of over 2 billion words of real English that helps us to see how people are using the language and also shows us the mistakes that are most often made.

 

The table gives the correct spelling of the word, handy tips on getting it right, and also the most common misspellings that we’ve found in our research, so you can check to see if any of the same mistakes have been tripping you up.

Correct spelling Spelling advice Common misspelling
accommodate, accommodations
double c, double m
accomodate, accomodations
i before e
acheive
one c
accross
double g
agressive, agression
-ent not -ant
apparantly
-ance not -ence
appearence
no e after the u
arguement
two double s’s
assasination
ends with -ally
basicly
double n before the -ing
begining
i before e
beleive, belive
one z, double -r
bizzare
begins with busi-
buisness
-ar not -er
calender
one r, double b
Carribean
ends with -ery
cemetary
ends with -eur
chauffer
-ea- in the middle
collegue
one m
comming
double m, double t, double e
commitee
ends with -ely
completly
-sc- in the middle
concious
-os- in the middle
curiousity
-ite- not –ate-
definately
-mm- not -mn-
dilemna
one s, double p
dissapear
one s, double p
dissapoint
ends with –sy
ecstacy
double r, double s
embarass
n before the m
enviroment
-ence not -ance
existance
begins with Fahr-
Farenheit
ends with -iar
familar
double l
finaly
begins with fluor-
florescent
e before i
foriegn
begins with fore-
forseeable
begins with for-
fourty
begins with for-
foward
i before e
freind
begins with fur-
futher
begins with g-
jist
-mor- in the middle
glamourous
n before the m
goverment
begins with gua-
gaurd
ends with -ened
happend
one r, double s
harrass, harrassment
ends with -asy
idiosyncracy
ends with -ely
immediatly
ends with -ally
incidently
-ent not -ant
independant
double r
interupt
-ible not -able
irresistable
remember the d
knowlege
remember the second i: liais-
liase, liason
i in the middle
lollypop
millennium, millennia
double l, double n
millenium, millenia
ends with -thal
Neandertal
one c, double s
neccessary
remember the middle e
noticable
double c, one s
ocassion, occassion
occurred, occurring
double c, double r
occured, occuring
double c, double r; -ence not -ance
occurance, occurence
one l
pavillion
-ent not -ant
persistant
ends with -aoh
pharoah
i before e
peice
ends with -cian
politican
ends with –guese
Portugese
two double s's
posession
preferred, preferring
double r
prefered, prefering
begins with propa-
propoganda
ends with –cly
publically
double l
realy
e before i
recieve
referred, referring
double r
refered, refering
ends with -gious
religous
-mem- in the middle
rember, remeber
-ance not -ence
resistence
ends with -se
sence
-par- in the middle
seperate
i before e
seige
double c, double s
succesful
ends with -sede
supercede
begins with sur-
suprise
double t, double o
tatoo
-ency not -ancy
tendancy
ends with -fore
therefor
one h in the middle
threshhold
one m, double r
tommorow, tommorrow
begins with ton-, ends with -gue
tounge
no e
truely
remember the e after the r
unforseen
ends with -ely
unfortunatly
one l at the end
untill
e before i
wierd
one e in the middle
whereever
begins with wh-
wich

 

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