We hope you enjoyed the list of 100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English. It’s a nice springboard to the dive you’re about to take into these 100 more often misspelled words in English.
There’s comfort in knowing we’re all prone to the same mistakes. Most of these aren’t silly mistakes, however. They’re riddled with the tricks and pitfalls of a complex language. That’s nothing a little bit of studying can’t rectify. Ready to make your way toward total spelling mastery?
Abbreviation – There’s no shorter way to write abbreviation except if you forget to add the extra B.
Arbitrary – Don’t arbitrarily add an E to arbitrary.
Academic - The spelling of academic should be academic but some replace the E with an errant I.
Access - You won’t be able to access the proper spelling without a double set of consonants.
Accessory - The two sets of double consonants aren’t just an accessory, they’re necessary.
Achievement - The I before E rule is in effect here since the C is followed by an H. Also, the silent E must remain when adding the suffix.
Acquaintance - To acquaint oneself with an acquaintance (that’s -ance), merely go up and begin a conversation.
Admission - Even though you’re adding ad- to the mission, only one D is needed to combine the two.
Aerial - Aerial stunts are performed in the air but the words aren't spelled the same.
Align - The dreaded silent G. You cannot form a line if you do not align the pieces properly.
All right - It is not all right to spell this alright.
Already - Are we all ready, already? Be sure to know if you’re talking about everyone being ready or everyone being ready at a specified time.
Alter - This means to change; you can alter the height of the altar by adding a podium.
Altar - This is a raised platform with offerings made to a god; a sacrifice at the altar will not always alter the path of evil.
Always - As with “already” when you combine “all” and “ways,” you drop an L.
Analog - Analog clocks may have gone out of style but we should still know how to spell them properly.
Analogue - Young children understand analog clocks only by their being analogue to digital ones.
Analyze - The analysis is that some people consider those who analyze too much to be pests. But why?
Apologize - You can apologize if you misspell a word but apologies are not needed.
Apparently - Wrap ap- and -ly around parent like a hug from your favorite child.
Are – “Are” is a form of the verb "to be,” while “our” is a possessive pronoun.
Available - An extra L is not available for use here.
Bankruptcy - The T is silent and can be mistakenly omitted by those who forget the base word is bankrupt, where the T is pronounced.
Bargain - Keep an I on the prize, bargain hunters.
Bazaar - About three words in the English language have a double A. This is one of them.
Begging - Adding -ing means doubling the consonant at the end of the word to keep the E as a short vowel. Otherwise, you might have the beginning of a spelling error.
Beginner - The I’s short vowel sound requires a double consonant to add the suffix -er.
Behavior - The -ior has a /yore/ sound which might make you think behavior has a “y” but it does not.
Beneficial - There’s no benefit in thinking the -cial ending might be -tial.
Biscuit - Biscuits can be made with Bisquick, which might be why some people are tempted to put a Q in front of the U rather than the C.
Bizarre - As bizarre as it may seem, bazaar has the stranger spelling.
Boarder - A bored boarder that borders on being rude might just get himself thrown out of the boarding house.
Border - Flowers can border a garden but, since they don't pay rent, they can't be considered a boarder.
Cannot – Technically, can not is just as correct as cannot, though most prefer it as one word.
Casual – When writing a research report, don’t be too casual with your language.
Causal - A causal connection cannot be taken too casually.
Catalogue - While British and American English have some differences, one of them is not spelling “catalogue” as “catalougue.”
Chimney - There are no men in the chimney so please do not spell it chimeny.
Coarse - Think of sandpaper when you spell coarse with an A.
Course - Think of a U-turn when spelling the course you’re taking; the U gives direction.
Communal - The commune shared a communal water well but will not share the E with the suffix -al.
Compatible - Compatable is not compatible with compatible.
Component -A computer needs many components but components only needs one “m” and an -ent (not an -ant).
Consistent - A tent consists of fabric and poles which is consistent with portable camping equipment.
Could have - Could have should never be replaced with could of, even though the contraction "could've" sounds like it contains “of.”
Cupboard - Old Mother Hubbard had the right idea to spell her name as it is pronounced. To remember the spelling, think about Old Mother Hubbard keeping her cups in a cupboard.
Definitely - It is definite that definite keeps its E when adding an -ly
Definitive - There are a finite number of ways to add suffixes and prefixes to words; de- can just be added but the E must be dropped — that is definitive.
Detach – It’s best to detach emotions from spelling rules because there are so many exceptions.
Dried – Dried is the past tense of dry. The spelling rule applies that the Y is dropped and an I is used in place.
Etc. - Etcetera or et cetera should be abbreviated with the first three letters of the word and not with an ect, even though that might be how it sounds.
Existent - The X at the beginning sounds like a G, but don’t let it fool you.
Existing – Same thing goes. Don’t let that G sound fool you.
Extension - There is no extent to which extension can be written with a T at the end.
Frightful – It’s always frightful to see this word written as freightful.
Illegible - Reading illegible handwriting can make you feel ill.
Interference - A spell check will provide interference if you try to spell this without all of the proper Es in place.
Intermittent - Mittens can’t make intermittent sounds, even when one is lost.
Knowledgeable - The knowledge that the E remains when adding the suffix -able will help you to increase your spelling knowledge.
Lager - If you want to drink a lager be sure to spell it correctly because if you spell it logger, you'll wind up with an axe-wielding, plaid-wearing man instead.
Loose – Remember, a double O makes for an /oo/ sound
Lose - A single O followed by a silent E makes for a long /o/ sound.
Management - To manage the management, don’t leave out the E before adding the -ment.
Negligible - The second I in this word can sound like an A. However, negligible has no A's anywhere.
Of course - Coarse with the /a/ means rough; course with a /u/ means direction or development. When adding the preposition "of" in front of course the meaning changes to "the natural order of things.”
Occasion - This word has two Cs and one S. It's tempting to spell it with either one C and two Ss or two Cs and two Ss, but the occasion does not call for it.
Pejorative - Don't make pejorative feel worse by giving the J a G complex.
Permanent – This is another case of an A sounding like an E. But, if you forget to use the A, spell check will not make the word permanent.
Possibility -The possibility of misspelling possibility is strong with two Ss and the “i-l-i-t,” which can be visually confusing.
Potato – Don’t add an E at the end unless you have more than one potato, and then you need an S too.
Purchased - You may have purchased the “merch” with your credit card, but don't forget to sign with a U on the dotted line.
Query - The mistake often made with this word is an additional R because of the short /e/ sound. However, only one is needed.
Queue - This word is pronounced like “cue” but, when standing in a queue, the vowels line up in a nice little pattern.
Recipes - The plural of recipe just needs an S, but it can be tempting to add -ies because of the /e/ sound at the end.
Reference - Potential employers call references and refer to your resume. Remember to keep all the Es in the right place.
Registered - The I can sound like /e/ but don’t let it fool you.
Relevant - The short /e/ sounds in this word are deceiving because they’re separated by one consonant, which normally makes the first vowel sound long. Also, the /e/ ending is really an /a/.
Response - A response with a C just wouldn't be correct.
Rio de Janeiro - To spell this correctly, just forget about the I before E except after C rule.
Satellite - People often confuse which consonant gets doubled here. The Ts sit at opposite ends of the satellite, it’s the double “Ls” in the middle you need to remember.
Sense - It doesn’t make much sense to use a C instead of an S, unless we should deceive the senses.
Should have - Like could have, some are tempted to write should of instead of should have. The contraction “should've” does sound like “should of” when spoken aloud. However, prepositions rarely make good verbs.
Strength – There’s strength in numbers… of consonants. In this case, we’re talking about seven, to one lonely vowel. It's not often that four consonants are strung together without a vowel but, here, the -ng and -th mesh together perfectly.
Succumb - You might succumb to the temptation to forget the extra C and silent B, but don't.
Supplement - Many supple athletes take supplements, they never take suppliments.
Syringe - Ys are often found at the beginning or ends of words; few within the word. Here Y is the first vowel sound and fulfills that funny line about vowels: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y.
Teetotaler - There’s no “tea” in teetotaler, think of the /ee/ sound in coffee instead.
Temperament - With all the Es in temperament, the A can get left out. Remember, to change your temper you need to add -ament.
To - The “to” with one O is a preposition and often gives some kind of direction - to the store, to the bank, to school.
Too - This too means also. A good way to remember this is that the too that means “also” or “in addition” has an extra O.
Transmission - If the transmission fails, so does the mission. We need two Ss to complete the code.
Until - Until the end of time, you will need a U to begin (not an E) and only one L to finish.
Viewing - The dominant sound in viewing is /yew/ but in this case it’s not sometimes Y, it’s actually I. You need an I to view the scenery.
Were - Were is a verb but sometimes finds itself lost with an extra H when it shouldn't.
Would have - Many people accidentally write “would have” as “would of” because the contraction would've sounds like "would of.” If you could’ve done it differently you probably would have.
Some of those tips and tricks will stay with you forever. Others will leave you with an occasional pang of self-doubt when you try to use them. Perfection isn’t necessarily the key here. A general understanding of the semantics of our complex language is.
With that in mind, roll up your sleeves because there’s 150 more often misspelled words in English coming your way!