Posted on August 6, 2014 | Filed under Education & learning, Education & schooling, Language & communication, Work & career

What do an extraordinary number of people with genius-level IQs have in common with people who have no more than a sixth grade education? The answer: Lousy spelling.

The inability to spell certain words correctly is not limited by intelligence or gender… and every single person we asked admitted to at least a couple words he or she has to think hard about how to spell.

What are the most commonly misspelled words

The top 150 most commonly misspelled words?

Here’s our list of the 150 most commonly misspelled words. We created this list by evaluating more than 600 commonly mispelled words — generated from our own observations as well as from various other sources, including information from Purdue UniversityKent State University and Oxford University.

  1. absence
  2. accommodate
  3. achieve
  4. acquaintance
  5. acquire
  6. across
  7. address
  8. advertise
  9. advice
  10. alright
  11. among
  12. apparent
  13. arctic
  14. argument
  15. assistant
  16. athlete
  17. attempt
  18. awful
  19. balance
  20. basically
  21. because
  22. becoming
  23. before
  24. beginning
  25. believe
  26. benefited
  27. besides
  28. between
  29. breathe
  30. brilliant
  31. bureau
  32. business
  33. calendar
  34. careful
  35. category
  36. ceiling
  37. cemetery
  38. certain
  39. chief
  40. coming
  41. commitment
  42. competition
  43. conscience
  44. conscious
  45. convenience
  46. coolly
  47. criticize
  48. curiosity
  49. definitely
  50. deposit
  1. describe
  2. desperate
  3. develop
  4. difference
  5. dilemma
  6. disappear
  7. disappoint
  8. discipline
  9. embarrass
  10. equipped
  11. escape
  12. exaggerate
  13. excellent
  14. except
  15. exercise
  16. exhilarated
  17. existence
  18. expect
  19. experience
  20. explanation
  21. familiar
  22. fascinating
  23. fiery
  24. finally
  25. foreign
  26. forty
  27. friend
  28. frightening
  29. gauge
  30. genealogy
  31. gorgeous
  32. grammar
  33. guarantee
  34. harass
  35. height
  36. incidentally
  37. independent
  38. inoculate
  39. insistent
  40. irresistible
  41. jewelry
  42. length
  43. liaison
  44. license
  45. lightning
  46. loneliness
  47. lose
  48. maintenance
  49. mathematics
  50. millennium
  1. mischievous
  2. misspell
  3. nauseous
  4. nickel
  5. niece
  6. ninety
  7. noticeable
  8. nuclear
  9. occasional
  10. occurrence
  11. peculiar
  12. perseverance
  13. persistent
  14. possession
  15. predictable
  16. prejudice
  17. prescription
  18. privilege
  19. probably
  20. pronunciation
  21. pursue
  22. quantity
  23. questionnaire
  24. receipt
  25. received
  26. recognize
  27. recommend
  28. restaurant
  29. rhythm
  30. sandwich
  31. seize
  32. separate
  33. sergeant
  34. sincerely
  35. stilettos
  36. strength
  37. submit
  38. surprise
  39. temperament
  40. their
  41. thorough
  42. through
  43. tragedy
  44. truly
  45. twelfth
  46. until
  47. vehicle
  48. vogue
  49. weird
  50. which
A little spelling history

Early in the twentieth century, industrialist Andrew Carnegie decided to “fix” the way Americans spelled some things, and created the “Simplified Spelling Board.” In 1906, the Board published a list of 300 words that needed updating in order to make the language ready for the progress of humankind. Read more about those suggestions in Thoroly woful surprize: President proposes 300 spelling changes.


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