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Note 261 – A few commonly misspelled words

English: Misspelt sign at a garage at Bagstone...

Image via Wikipedia

Did you spot the mistake in the Wikipedia image?  The theme this week is commonly misspelled words.  In fact misspelled is one in itself – a lot of people spell it with one ‘s’ when in fact is has two.  There also doesn’t appear to be a spelling ‘misspelt’ and no one has even written about people misspelling it that way (although people probably do).

“What is more embarrassing than to misspell the name of the problem? Just remember that it is mis + spell and that will spell you the worry about spelling ‘misspell'”

The above quote comes from an article by called 100 Most Common Mispelled Misspelled Words in English.  What I found amusing about this article is that all 100 words come with a pill to take (like the quote above) so that you remember how to spell them.  Here are 3 out of the 100 examples that they have listed in the article:

  1. When trying to remember if acceptable ends in the prefix -ible or -able, “just remember to accept any table offered to you…”.
  2. When trying to remember accommodation, remember that it is a big enough word to accommodate two ‘c’s and two ‘m’s.
  3. When trying to remember maintenance, break it down into two words ‘main’ and ‘tenance’, “even though it comes from the verb maintain”.

That’s all for today. 

Until tomorrow…

Freelance Writer


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


4 thoughts on “Note 261 – A few commonly misspelled words

  1. Love the addition of pictures !

    Posted by Robert Madeira | January 16, 2012, 9:42 pm


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