Improve Your Spelling: Commonly Misspelt Words

Here's a handy list of more than 120 of the most commonly misspelt words in English. Some of the words appear on our list of hard spelling words. Most of the following words are used frequently and are either confused with other words or have tricky spelling quirks, such as double letters where you're not expecting them.


Tip: If you are serious about improving your spelling, then Troy and I highly recommend you try the popular spelling program, Ultimate Spelling. Click Ultimate Spelling for further information.*


For words with alternative spellings, the British spelling comes first and the American spelling comes second.

  • acceptable
  • accidentally
  • accommodate
  • acquire
  • acquit
  • a lot (there is no such word as "alot")
  • amateur
  • apparent
  • argument
  • atheist
  • believe
  • calendar
  • category
  • cemetery
  • changeable
  • chaotic
  • collectible
  • column
  • committed
  • conscience
  • conscientious
  • conscious
  • conensus
  • daiquiri
  • definite
  • definitely
  • disappear
  • discipline
  • drunkenness
  • dumbbell
  • embarrass
  • embarrassment
  • equipment
  • exhilarate
  • exceed
  • existence
  • experience
  • fiery
  • foreign
  • fourth
  • gauge
  • generally
  • grammar
  • grateful
  • guarantee
  • harass
  • height
  • hierarchy
  • humorous (not humourous, even in British spelling)
  • ignorance
  • immediate
  • independent
  • indispensable
  • intelligence
  • its (belonging to it) and it's (it is)
  • jewellery — jewelry
  • judgement
  • kernel
  • knowledge
  • leisure
  • liaison
  • library
  • licence — license
  • lightning
  • maintenance
  • manoeuvre — maneuver
  • memento
  • millennium
  • miniature
  • minuscule
  • mischievous
  • misspell
  • neighbour — neighbor
  • noticeable
  • occasion
  • occasionally
  • occur
  • occurred
  • occurrence
  • official
  • parallel
  • parliament
  • pastime
  • personnel
  • pigeon
  • possession
  • precede
  • preferable
  • principal (main, head of a school) and principle (fundamental truth)
  • privilege
  • pronunciation
  • publicly
  • questionnaire
  • receive
  • receipt
  • recommend
  • referred
  • reference
  • relevant
  • religious
  • restaurant
  • ridiculous
  • rhyme
  • rhythm
  • sandal
  • schedule
  • scissors
  • sensible
  • separate
  • sergeant
  • special
  • success
  • supersede
  • to (expressing motion towards) and too (also) and two (2)
  • threshold
  • tomorrow
  • their (belong to them) and they're (they are) and there (at that place)
  • twelfth
  • tyranny
  • until
  • vacuum
  • vicious
  • weather (rain etc) and whether (expressing doubt) and wether (castrated ram)
  • weird
  • you're (you are) and your (belonging to you)

Using some spelling software is the perfect way to brush up on these common errors and improve your everyday spelling. Simply copy and paste this list into the program (such as Ultimate Spelling), and away you go.


*Troy and I recommend only products that we have tried and tested. These include Ultimate Spelling. We have agreed to receive a commission from some sales of Ultimate Spelling software because we are happy to endorse this spelling software.

 

Last modified on Friday, 27 November 2015 23:48
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English Language Skills (Denise)

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