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100 Commonly Misspelled Words - Test Your Skills!

Updated on September 23, 2013

100 Commonly Misspelled Words - Test Your Skills

Are you a good speller? Do you use good grammar? Do you know what an adverb is? An acronym? How many of the Top 100 commonly misspelled words do you misspell most often? See the top 100 list and test your skills. Resource links and funny spelling bee video included.

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Commonly Misspelled Words A-E

A-E

acceptable

(Just remember to "accept" any "table" offered to you and you will spell this word OK)

accidentally

accommodate

(Remember, this word is large enough to accommodate both a double C AND a double M)

acquire

acquit

a lot

(It's two words!)

amateur

(This word ends on the French suffix -eur, which is the equuivalent of English -er)

apparent

argument

atheist

believe

(I usually comes before E except after C or when it is pronounced like "a" as "neighbor" and "weigh" or "e" as in "their" and "heir.")

bellwether

calendar

(The last vowel is an A. is word has an E between two A's)

category

cemetery

(No A's)

·

changeable

(The verb "change" keeps its E to indicate that the G is soft, not hard)

collectible

column

committed

conscience

conscientious

conscious

consensus

daiquiri

definite (ly)

(It carries a silent E)

discipline

drunkenness

dumbbell

embarrass (ment)

(This one won't embarrass you if you remember it is large enough for a double R AND a double S)

equipment

(The most common mistake is that people put a T in it (equiptment))

exhilarate

exceed

(Remember that this one is -ceed, not -cede.)

existence

(No A! 3 E's)

experience

(No A! 3 E's)

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Commonly Misspelled Words F-L

F-L

fiery

foreign

(Here is one of several words that violate the i-before-e rule)

gauge

grateful

(It is NOT "great")

guarantee

harass

(1 R).

height

hierarchy

(The I before E rule works here)

humorous

(O on both sides of the R)

ignorance

immediate

independent

indispensable

inoculate

intelligence

its/it's

(The apostrophe marks a contraction of "it is." Something that belongs to it is "its.")

jewelry

(It's "jewel" "ry")

judgment

kernel (colonel)

leisure

(Another violator of the i-before-e rule)

liaison

library

license

(2 different letters, 1 S sound.)

lightning

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Adverb Quiz. Test Your Skills!

Can you pick out the "Adverbs"?

Test your skills. Pick out the "adverbs" in the following following statements?

Answers are in the Guestbook Section below

1. Slowly and surely the strongest women moved the huge rock.

2. This Burgundy is greatly superior to the claret.

3. Stand here and don't move.

4. I wish I were a mile away.

5. The photo is slightly crooked.

6. My feelings for him were very tender.

Commonly Misspelled Words M-Z

M-Z

maintenance

(A,E,A,E)

maneuver

medieval

memento

millennium

miniature

minuscule

mischievous

(Four of the five vowels in English are in this word)

misspell

(What is more embarrassing than to misspell misspell. Just remember that it is mis + spell)

neighbor

(The word "neighbor" breaks the I before E rule and invokes the silent GH. The British spelling is neighbour)

noticeable

occurrence

pastime

perseverance

personnel

playwright

possession

precede

principal/principle

privilege

pronunciation

publicly

questionnaire

(2 N's)

receive/receipt

(I before E rule)

recommend

referred

(2 R's)

reference

relevant

restaurant

rhyme

rhythm

schedule

(The SK is spelled as in "school")

separate

(The A's are in the middle of the E's)

sergeant

(Remember that the E is used in both syllables)

supersede

their/they're/there

(They're all pronounced the same but spelled differently. Possessive is "their" and the contraction of "they are" is "they're." Everywhere else, it is "there.")

threshold

twelfth

(Don't omit the F in your pronunciation AND spelling of this word)

tyranny

until

vacuum

(Spell this word with two U's and not like "volume")

weather

weird

(Doesn't folllow I before E rule. Isn't that weird.)

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Answers to "Adverb Quiz"

1. Slowly AND Surely 2. Greatly 3. Here 4. Away 5. slightly 6. Very

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very useful lens.

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      Cool lens. Enjoyed it!

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      this is a great lens!!!

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 5 years ago

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 5 years ago

      You can add misspelled words to my new lense "Misspelled Words 2011." Thanks!

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 5 years ago

      AND suppose to be and? checquers is suppose to be checkers? Like the game of checkers? Thanks!

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 5 years ago

      Hi, it's been too long! How have you been? Is the word sills suppose to be skills? The Grammer Sills Test? Thanks!

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Thanks for your lens on commonly misspelled words. Great refresher!

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      Will you call Bill Gates for me and have a word about his spell checquers please, loved it, great lens.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      My spelling is good. Thank you.

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      ben186422 6 years ago

      I spell good (:

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I have always enjoyed spelling bees and similar contests. As a teacher, I must say that I am often shocked at the current state of spelling in our country. It can bring one to despair when grading papers!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a spelling fanatic, much to the dismay of family and friends.

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      One more thing. Congrats to 500+ lenses....WOW!

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      I am an average speller. I say if you don't use it, you lose it. I am trying to write more these days which causes me to look up more words - good practice. Excellent lens and well needed. A Squid Angel Blessing to you.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      I use the spell checker a lot

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      AWESOME lens.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Great lens. And I also got 50 points for my 300 poll.!

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Great lens. Too bad the kids today are learning only abbreviations and altered words due to texting! :)

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens!!

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      I always wondered why they called it a 'dumbbell.'With Love and Gratitude,Jeremiah

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      ctavias0ffering1 6 years ago

      You say 'a lot' is two words and it is but is often confused with 'allot', meaning to assign or apportion something to someone etc, hence, I allotted a lot of my stuff to a charity. Often it's the simplest words which are the most confusing for people.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Great - lensrolled to Grumpy Grammar

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      Fun lens :)

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Great job! Thanks!

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      HeatherTodd1 6 years ago

      Great lens..Awesome..Thanks

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      aerome 6 years ago

      I'll be pointing a lot of people to this lens ... :D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'll side with cloud9, the english language is too complicated!

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      jrivera1049 7 years ago

      All I got to say is thank God for spell check :)

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I can't spell my way out of a paper bag - blame it on spell check.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Great list. I have to admit I'm rather fond of my spellcheck though! Here in Australia, we actually put the 'e' in judgement :-)

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      For sure some of these words would have given me a run for my money at the spelling bee - like your funny little one liners. Now grr! about the adverb quiz...sometimes I think the English language is just too complicated :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes, helpful. After seeing those words spelled wrongly so many times I'm often confused!

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      I'm a great speller (spelling bee champion) but I always have trouble with definitely and weird. Great lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I love words so spelling correctly is very important to me. I find that the more people read, the better their grammar and spelling are. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      I have always been good at spelling, I loved spelling bees when I was a kid...great lens!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like grammar and I being able to spell correctly...I think it's very important, especially for writers. This lens is filled with resources and well presented. I have lensrolled to my Common Grammatical Mistakes lens.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Great Lens! So glad I found you! Might share some of your info on my Blog too!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This was a fun test. Kids Spelling Games are the best way get your kids spelling well early on. Maybe when they take this quiz they'll do better!

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      audrey07 7 years ago

      I don't have much problem with my spelling but I can't say the same about my grammar. Getting the grammar right every single time is just near impossible!

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      alex_buzatu 7 years ago

      very good lens. great work!Check out this spelling games for kids website!

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      alex_buzatu 7 years ago

      very good lens. great work!Check out this spelling games for kids website!

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      Achim Thiemermann 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Oops, I think I've been misspelling "exceed". Thanks!

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      I loved this, and "think" I am an excellent "speller", btu smoetmise I hvae torbule splelnig teh smipelset wrods! Really - loved it - now watch me find spelling errors in everything I have written recently online, at my store, personally - oh! - I am afraid to look!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very nice idea for a lens and I think an important one for us squids. I'm generally a good speller, but sometimes when you're so into it, you almost get a little confused and have to look it up...so this was a good refresher...thanks! : )

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Appreciate the list of commonly misspelled words. This is a good list to have beside the computer. I am a pretty good speller but still refer to a dictionary all the time. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)

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      LadyLovelace LM 8 years ago

      You should know that you spelled "equivalent" wrong.This word ends on the French suffix -eur, which is the equuivalent of English -erOr was that a test? I see what you did there...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A fine idea! The words are a little lost in the sea of other stuff. Maybe box them off or bold them or number them or something. Good luck!