Even native speakers find it difficult to memorize and remember all the words. What should we say about those for whom English is not the first language? They always seek for help and count on professionals. We could not stand away from the problem and decided to present you our top of the most commonly misspelled words in America, UK, Canada, and Australia if you travel there. You’ll find some tips about grammar and spelling improvement as well while reading.
The English language is one of the most active languages in the world. It constantly develops and gets new words and concepts every day. The sources are numerous:
- intercultural writers;
- jargons and slangs;
- new technologies;
- new sciences;
- new cultural happenings.
The list can continue for ages. Of course, it is not algebra. If we think closer, we'll check and understand that there is only our imagination that limits us in improving English. There is an even more important fact. All of these words appear naturally. There are no regulations, archetypes, and rules. With the appearance of the Internet, communication has reached an absolutely new gap. However, this liberty opens Pandora's box. Bad news: the number of errors and misspellings commitment is high.
Most Frequently Misspelled Words in America and Other English Speaking Countries
We cannot say if these words are the hardest to spell in the world, but this corpus is always on the top in similar articles and posts. Here they are:
Not only these words are difficult to spell, but they are also pretty difficult to be understood on the average. They have several lexical meanings, many times a way too different from each other. Some of them are very surprising (like ‘flabbergasted'). To write and to spell them correctly from the first try is like getting into the best and the most beautiful college in the USA or Oxford. You’ll never experience such success again. Of course, it is a yellow paper's joke.
If a word in the dictionary was misspelled, how would we know?
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Most Commonly Misspelled Word Classes
Every person who is fond of English can understand that there is no sense to make a full list of commonly misspelled or spelled in a wrong way words one by one. It is a very subjective topic, and a full list of risks to be several kilometers long. It is better to indicate the groups of words you should pay attention to:
- Latin words. Since the very invention of homework words originated from Latin had been a grain of sand in every student’s eye. Despite this language being officially dead (nobody speaks it during regular live conversations anymore), there are a lot of English words connected with it. They tend to be used. Many people, even in the USA or GB misspell or do not know how to use popular Latin abbreviations and stable constructions (e.g., per se, et cetera, AD).
- French words. Histories and languages of England and France are related more than you can think. Did you know that French has been an official language of Albion for several hundred years? There is no surprise that a lot of words have stayed in English at the moment if these two languages are compared. And, of course, French words have saved their (sometimes) weird spelling and pronunciation.
- Dialect words. Every state, county, or city has got its own unique language set. Sometimes it may not be as understandable as it seems. Even local East Side Americans face difficulties when they move to California colleges. Should we say more about Australia or Liverpool and people lived there?
- Jargonisms and terms. Conduct a little experiment. Go to the building site and try to understand all the words workers shout to each other. We bet you'll not hear even a half of familiar words. Go to any online public forum and count the number of the slang words there. Without looking into a dictionary, you will not only misspell it. You will barely understand what is going on.
Is there any way out? Are there any techniques that will help you to improve your spelling and pronunciation? We have at least three ideas for you.
How Not To Make Common Mistakes In Difficult Words for The Rest of Life?
Here are some ways of getting comprehension and grammar clarity instantly. Your best friend in expelling your spelling mistakes is a dictionary. There is no need to buy lots of expensive books. There are some perfect sites you can use every day. The first one is, of course, the Merriam-Webster dictionary (or Oxford’s dictionary). It will give you all possible definitions of the word, correct spelling and pronunciation, and some examples with this word used in the context. If you need to dip into specific, slang or jargon words so common in modern English now, you need to visit Urban dictionary. It is the biggest dictionary of all slang and weird words. The dictionaries offer the variants of spelling.
Are you a kind of artistic person with good imagination and image thinking? Then you can listen to favorite music and learn the words from there. Pay attention to some old American songs, and you’ll learn all difficult words immediately.
Finally, the finest way to learn all misspelled words and save health is just learning them. You just have to make a process easier. For example, write down some lists with difficult words and hang them in the most common places in your house. Somewhere where you will not miss them by any means. On the other hand, you can make some little cards with words on each side (this version of studying was invented in Sorbonne University). Write down the words you have problems with and read them from time to time.
No matter what you choose, the main trick is your persistence shown daily and monthly and habit development. Pick new words and learn them every day by heart. Soon (just in one month) you will notice that any searched English word is a piece of cake for you.
100 Most Commonly Misspelled Words