What do you think of this list, “The Top 20 Misspelled Words”?

My 7 year old daughter asked me a few months ago, “Why do they make spelling words so hard to learn?” I ask the same question… Why do they make spelling words so difficult? I mean, if it looks right lets let it go right?

Wrong. That would be anarchy – it would lead to a world of protests and separation! The world does not need phonetically placed words at people’s convenience – especially when the health care issues have yet to be resolved, or figured out for that matter. I like how politicians butt heads of theory and vote for things that won’t ever happen don’t you?

Okay, back to spelling words.

According to a study, which you have to take with a grain of salt is it is from the UK, these are 20 most common misspelled words in the English language.  I  heard it on the Mark & Brian radio program and thought – there are some words that are missing…

Anyway, back to the study where ‘separate’ is the most commonly misspelled word in the English language. People tend to use an ‘e’ after the ‘p’ instead of an ‘a’.  Followed by a word I have problems with: ‘definitely’ where I replace the ‘i’ with an ‘a’ on occasion.

2 out of 3 people say that using spell-check has made them lazy. I raise my hand to that! 1 out of 5 blame their ‘smart phones’ text messaging… Yup – I get messages everyday with an ‘incorrect’ word. I do believe the words are just incorrect and not really misspelled so you can’t fault the fingers for that.  78% of people believe their spelling is either ‘good’ or ‘very good’. The study also found 46% judge other people on their spelling. 3 out of 10 say they were embarrassed by their poor spelling skills. And 1 out of 10 correct others when they spell something incorrectly – Jerks. Get a life. (source)

What do you think of this list?

The top 20 Misspelled Words in the English Language:

1. Separate
2. Definitely
3. Manoeuvre
4. Embarrass
5. Occurrence
6. Consensus
7. Unnecessary
8. Acceptable
9. Broccoli
10. Referred
11. Bureaucracy
12. Supersede
13. Questionnaire
14. Connoisseur
15. A lot
16. Entrepreneur
17. Particularly
18. Liquify
19. Conscience
20. Parallel

According to my spell check, #3. Manoeuvre, and #18. Liquify aren’t even correct so you can’t even rely on a spellchecker! Liquify is a variant of ‘liquefy’ so I’m really taking this study with a grain of salt.

I do have issues spelling #19. Conscience almost 100% of the time, and #12. Supersede works with a ‘c’ in my opinion, what do you think?

So what do you think of this list? Is it accurate in your mind? Personally, it might be a little off. It should take into account how many times the word is used and say that a specific word is misspelled, say, 75% of the time people use it. #3. Manoeuvre would move OFF the list as it is probably used rarely, and those who use it probably know the word so spell it correctly… right!?

#2. Definitely would definitely stay on top as it is probably used quite a bit, and thus, misspelled at a higher percentage. Do you see my point?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the top 20 misspelled words! Please post comments below!

About Glenn Magas