Words Even Editors Spell Wrong

Posted 1 February, 2018 by Alicia in Grammar + Syntax / 0 Comments  

 

Today I thought I’d have a little fun and share some common (or uncommon) misspellings that people have been guilty of. I got these from a Facebook post in a group for editors to share typos they find. I think you have to be approved to join the group and see the post, but here’s the link in case you are already a part of it.

Let’s begin! I’ve bolded the mistakes that I myself make as well (or used to make).

  • Spelling “a lot” as “alot” (and not to be confused with “allot”!)
  • “parody” instead of “parity”
  • spelling “sergeant”
  • “stupborn” instead of “stubborn” (like “cupboard,” almost)
  • any word with next to in any order, such as “weird” or “chief” (the before rule only works some of the time!)
  • “definate” instead of “definite”
  • “maintainance” instead of “maintenance”
  • “alright” instead of “all right” (my biggest personal pet peeve)
  • “irridescent” instead of “iridescent”
  • “innoculate” instead of “inoculate”
  • “millenium” instead of “millennium”
  • “lengthly” instead of “lengthy”
  • “unwieldly” instead of “unwieldy”
  • “barbituates” instead of “barbiturates”
  • “vaccum” instead of “vacuum”
  • “brocolli” instead of “broccoli”
  • “heighth” instead of “height”
  • “miniscule” instead of “minuscule”
  • spelling “diarrhea”
  • “just desserts” instead of “just deserts”
  • spelling “subsidiary”
  • spelling “ophthalmologist”
  • “fourties” instead of “forties”
  • “heirarchy” instead of “hierarchy”
  • spelling “awkward”
  • “hygeine” instead of “hygiene”
  • “exxonerated” instead of “exonerated”
  • “dilemna” instead of “dilemma”
  • spelling “rapport”
  • “apbortion” instead of “abortion”
  • confusing “mantle” and “mantel”
  • spelling “exhilarating” (I sometimes spell this “exhiliarating” like “auxiliary”)
  • “liscense” instead of “license”
  • “judgement” instead of “judgment” (the contributor spoke American English)

 

My contribution was “exaggeration.” Here is my comment: I never remember which letter to double, and for some reason doubling the “x” comes more naturally to me than doubling the “g.” Of course, doubling the “r” is pretty natural too. So then I get an aberration like “exagerration” or “exxageration.” But neither of those look right either so at that point I usually look it up.


Do you make any of these spelling errors? Which words do you have difficulty with?

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