Most who have spell check consider it a necessity, as even the most grizzled veteran writers encounter potholes. A university professor once remarked, “I was writing along, quick as you please, and I hit a wall in the form of the word ‘rabbit’. My mind went blank…was it one ‘B’ and two ‘Ts’? Two ‘Bs’ and one ‘T’? It was odd–I can write ‘cognitive neuropsychiatry’, but I get stuck on ‘rabbit’? Thank goodness for spell check.”
The most misspelled words in the English language are not pulled from college term papers, they are in everyday writing. While reading through this list of the 15 most commonly misspelled words (when your nose begins to bleed and your eye starts to twitch), remember that there is an easy solution: spell check.
1: Their–confusion may come from “thief”.
2: A lot–”alot” isn’t a word.
3: Received–there’s that “I” and “E” again.
4: Separate–confusion is probably caused by the pronunciation.
5: Until–one “L”: “Till the earth until it’s ready.”
6: Because–”A” and “U” are commonly swapped.
7: Beginning–two “Ns”.
8: Different–spoken, the first “E” isn’t enunciated, so it’s often left out.
9: Occurred–two “Cs”, two “Rs”.
10: Believe–it actually follows the old rule.
11: Behavior–no “U” for American spelling.
12: Which–don’t forget that first “H”.
13: Truly–”true” loses its “E” when adding “ly”, but–
14: Really–”real” gains an “L”.
15: Definitely–an “A” often sneaks in.
As this infographic proves, the most commonly misspelled words are the ones we use every single day. By taking a minute and spell checking your work, you can avoid these blunders and, in doing so, appear more professional in a business email, come off as more caring and considerate in a birthday card (because you took the time to perfect and polish your writing), and simply be viewed by the world at large as a more educated, conscientious individual. Spelling matters in real life, not just in English class!
Thanks to the guys at Grammar.net for the graphic!