Grammar Reference: Frequently misspelled words

I’m working on making up some grammar guide ebooks to hand out for free, and I’m trying to get my notes organized. Since there’s no plot to be spoiled, and language learning is good all the time, I don’t see a problem with putting this up on the blog ahead of time. This is mostly for my benefit. Here is a list of words that people frequently misspell; I’m trying to force some order onto it.

There is no A (at least not where you think it is)

Independent

Definitely

Category

Cemetery

Collectible

Competent

Existence

Experience

Intelligence

Occurrence

Consistent

Violence

Kernel

Deductible

Inadvertent

Chauvanism

Irresistible

There is no E (or not where you’ve been putting it)

Argument

Judgment

Library

Grammar

Truly

Ridiculous

Actually, there is an A

Acceptable

Ignorance

Indispensable

Miniature

Defendant

Vigilant

Remember the Double Letters

Accommodate

Embarrass

Exceed

Millennium

Misspell

Occasionally

Possession

Recommend

Skittish

There are no Double Letters

Inoculate

Harass

Precede

Until

That Consonant is Not What You Think It Is

Equipment (you think “equiptment” is a word?)

License

Maintenance

Privilege

Expense

Allege

Prerogative

Refrigerator

Influential

Utmost

Voluptuous

That Vowel is Not What You Think It Is

Atheist

Weird

Calendar

Equivalent

Gauge

Leisure

Liaison

Maneuver

Medieval

Separate

Analysis

Camouflage

Courteous

Desperate

Fluorescent

Therefore

Villain

Amateur

Because

Chaos

Cantaloupe

Foresee

Grateful

Hierarchy

Monastery

Unfortunately

Flotation

Chauvinism

Minuscule

Presumptuous

Appalled

Exhilarate

Motherlode

Niece

Naive

Nuptial

Parliament

Two Words, Not One

A lot

No one

Stop Getting These Mixed Up

Except and Expect

Woman and Women

Marital and Martial

Rogue and Rouge

Apart and A Part

Randomness

Clothes

Hypocrisy

Believe

Bellwether

Foreign

Column

Discipline

Fiery

Guarantee

Jewelry

Neighbor

Noticeable

Perseverance

Playwright

Pronunciation

Publicly

Questionnaire

Twelfth

Desirable

Despair

Especially

Allegiance

Regardless (as in, there is no such word as “irregardless”)

Necessary

Campaign

Casualties

Ecstasy

Kindergarten

Legible

Misogyny

Tongue

Academia

Accidentally

Rendezvous

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There. I think that’s everything I have on my list. That’s just barely scratching the surface of, say, false homophones and other commonly confused words. Using all these in sentences will be another project.

5 thoughts on “Grammar Reference: Frequently misspelled words

  1. Personally, I suck at all those words that involve double letters :)

    I should note, though, that “judgement” is an acceptable alternative spelling. It’s not incredibly common, but it’s not a misspelled word. (It’s actually my preferred spelling in my own writing.)

  2. What about There/Their/They’re? I suppose that’s ‘That word doesn’t mean what you think it means’ rather than, ‘You’ve misspelled that.’

  3. If I was told I could save the world from destruction by spelling “restaurant”, “prejudice or “vacuum” the right way, I don’t think there would be much hope for mankind.

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