List of Most Misspelled Words

The reason why words are sometimes misspelled and are confused for another is that they have similar sounds.The other reason is that they are just hard to spell. This guide has the most misspelled words in the English language. The right way uses them will also be discussed so that you can differentiate them and understand their contexts so that you can use them correctly the next time you write a document. The reason why they are misspelled will also be covered so that you can improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary by knowing what to watch out for.

Their, There and They’re

These three words are what we call homophones. Homophones are words that have the same sound but have different spelling and, most of the time, have different meanings. Unfortunately, the English language has a lot of homophones. It is perfectly understandable if you have committed the error of writing the word instead of the correct one because even native speakers commit this error too. Remember the difference of these frequently misspelled words. Their means belonging to or relating to a specific group of people or things. There is an adverb used to indicate a place that has already been mentioned, is understood or being pointed at. They’re simply mean ‘they are.’

Lose and Loose

It may look simple but you will be amazed to know that there a lot of people who are confused of the usages of these two. These two are one of the most common but also one of the most misspelled words in the English language. Simply put, Lose is a verb and loose is an adjective. To elaborate, Lose has many meanings but the most common is to cease possessing something. Loose means something is not firmly fastened, attached or does not fit snugly.

Twelfth

This word is commonly misspelled due to successive consonants in the second half of the word. Nonnative and even native speakers mostly have a hard time remembering which consonants go first.

Prejudice      

This word means a preformed opinion which is usually unfavorable and are generally generated on insufficient knowledge. It is also one of the most misspelled words in the English languages. People tend to get confused on the second syllable and place a D before the J.

Privilege

Errors in spelling this word come in including extra letters. Confused writers often add a D before the G. The reason is that the end of this word sounds the same as the end of the word ‘bridge.’ Another aspect of this word that confuses writers are the vowels. Some people use an I instead of the first E of the word. This word only shows that common misspellings happen because some people base their spelling on the other words that they know with the same sound.

Weird

This word really reflects its meaning because many people find it weird in terms of spelling. The most probable reason why people tend to misspell this word is because of the ‘i before e, except for c.’ This word ends up spelled like ‘weird’ because of the said rule. Following rules in the English grammar are ironically the reason why these most misspelled words arise. Be sure that you check for the right spelling of the word if you think that it does not feel right. There are many rules you can follow when spelling in English but remember that there are also many exceptions.