Misspelling of the Year 2013


To explore the psyche of a people, do not look at what they do–look at what they do wrong. Today, we introduce the Misspelling of the Year. A word that was looked up significantly more this year than the year before. A word with lots of different misspellings. A word in the news. The word: furlough.

In 2013, Dictionary.com saw tens of thousands of lookups of this word, often spelled without the ugh. Though the correct spelling is furlough, three variants ballooned in lookup volume: furlow was looked up 66 percent more in 2013 than it was in 2012, and furlo was looked up 60 percent more. We can’t calculate how many more times ferlow, which was in the top 10,000 words of 2013, was searched for because no one was searching for it in 2012.

The main reason folks were talking about furloughs was the October shutdown of the US government (sequester and sequestration searches also jumped 2.3 and 2.8 times relative to last year, but no one was misspelling those).

As for the misspellings. Well, it’s a rough road. The first uses in English were close to the Dutch: vorloffe and fore-loofe in the 1630s. You also get furloghs, furlows, and foreloffs in the early centuries of its use. Why on earth would we pronounce it “oh” but spell it “ough”? Cough cough. That’s tough. Though I have a few thoughts. Let’s step under this lovely bough. (It’s not as bad as it could be: hiccup was standardly spelled as hiccough for a few hundred years.) There are a lot of ways to say ‘g’, but we can’t go into all of them here.

Furlough wasn’t the only word that was giving folks trouble in 2013. In reviewing Dictionary.com’s misspellings of the year (I’d prefer to call them “nonstandard spellings” but the Spelling Despots among you would be at me with pitchphorks), three categories for types of misspellings emerged:

Prefix/suffix troubles

  • PERJUDICE and PERDJUICE for prejudice (think “pre judge” not “smoothie of perdition”)
  • PERCISE for precise (the -cise here is like in incision, so think “pre cut”)
  • ADAMIT for adamant (think “Wolverine has adamantium claws, not adamittens”)
  • AMETURE for amateur (the ama is about love, the -teur is for a doer, like actor in French is acteur; so think “French lover”)

Missing letters

  • AQUAINTED for acquainted (from the 1300s to about 1600 it didn’t have a “c” in English, you were born too late)
  • IFARED for infrared (awesome, don’t ever change)
  • TONSILECTOMY for tonsillectomy (two tonsils, two l’s to remove them)
  • ACHIEVMENT for achievement (spell “achieve” then add “ment”)
  • HIERACHICAL for hierarchical (sound it out?)

Just plain hard

  • EARY for eerie (at the end of the 18th century, suddenly English writers decided this word really needed a double “e,” sorry)
  • THROROUGH for thorough (this is probably just a typo)
  • INDITE for indict (the ending is related to dictionary or dictate–it’s talking about “saying,” you’re declaring an accusation)
  • IMAGRATION for immigration (look for “migrant” inside the word)

Studying nonstandard spellings also suggests some words that need to exist. An argu(e)ment can be made that assertation is a misspelling of assertion, but I would like to think it means something else. Like when someone just goes on and on asserting stuff to point that it feels like they’re reading you a dissertation.

But the word that is the best word in the whole data set and most needs your use and definitions: indiscrepancy. Go get it, Internet.

(Want to learn more about the many pronunciations of -ough? Check out our slideshow here.)


  1. Just chill -  December 8, 2016 - 3:18 pm

    I don’t understand why people get so upset when others use incorrect grammar and spelling on the internet. It’s very easy to make typos and using internet slang is pretty efficient. I coud say “i dont get why u guys r so judgy lol wtf.” Just because I wrote that sentence doesn’t mean that I’m uneducated. Also, sometimes it’s annoying to have to capitalize words and add apostrophes when people will still understand what I mean either way. Sooo like just chill k? thx

  2. Peter Clark -  October 13, 2016 - 12:30 am

    I’m an Engineer and yes, my profession is one of the worst for grammar and spelling.
    My pet hate? accumulative!!
    What is that? How can you have an “accumulative” total? The people who write this also “definately” need help!!

    • 5 -  November 1, 2016 - 10:45 am


  3. Capitalization -  September 20, 2016 - 11:20 am

    I Still Can’t Get People To Stop Using Capital Letters On Every Word In A Sentence. Some Say That They Know, But That Capitalizing Just Looks Really Nice So They Do It Anyways. I Think Education Has Really Gone Down In Quality Over The Past Decades, Leading To A Whole New Generation Of Imbeciles Who Cannot Use Grammar Correctly. I Knew A Person Who Shall Not Be Named That Put A Comma After Every Word. This Was A Fully-Grown Man Who Somehow Functioned For Forty Years Using This Rule Of Grammar. The Real Kicker Here Is That He Is Married to An English Teacher.

    • Capitalization -  September 20, 2016 - 11:22 am

      By, The, Way, The, English, Teacher, Also, Teaches, Grammar, Too.

      • Gene -  October 31, 2016 - 9:13 pm

        By, The, Way, The, English, Teacher, Also, Teaches, Grammar.

        Too, Is, Redundant.

    • Seth -  October 4, 2016 - 10:04 am

      How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real

      • Harry Potter -  October 7, 2016 - 8:56 am

        😑They can’t man!

    • Pliedes -  October 9, 2016 - 1:03 pm


    • QueenOfHearts -  November 28, 2016 - 9:00 am

      This is crazy! I can’t believe furlough is the most misspelled word of the year!

    • Kriss -  December 4, 2016 - 5:29 pm

      I wrote to humorist/columnist Dave Barry and asked him why people constantly use extraneous and, frankly, irritating commas. Mr. Barry replied thusly: “Kriss…thanks, a lot, for the, letter. Sincerely, Dave, Barry. P.S. I am, going. to sue, you.”

      I also asked him why people use single verbs with plural nouns: Eg, there’s five restaurants opening on the pier this Summer. Mr. Barry’s response: “I’m sure there’s perfectly good reasons.”

      BTW, anyone who regularly does either of these things, please stop! In the first example, there are no commas needed. In the second example, there ARE five restaurants opening on the pier this Summer. Whew, I feel better already!

    • really you just did it -  December 6, 2016 - 2:28 pm

      really you just did it

  4. rocthemix -  September 15, 2016 - 1:56 pm

    the spelling b is a grate tyme 4 kids to rly showe how grate skool is everyday and teaching rly grate.

    • Harry Potter -  October 7, 2016 - 9:03 am

      😎Your spelling is horrible,by the way.😂

    • (MC)_$kater -  November 16, 2016 - 5:30 pm

      a rocthemx you really need to spell right really bro SKOOL. AND TIME

  5. DaModern DaVinci -  September 8, 2016 - 7:36 am

    I don’t why the lexicographers ever decided to put a “c” in “acquainted”. I got that one wrong too many times.

    • BDT BOSS -  September 15, 2016 - 1:52 pm


  6. Wray Smallwood -  August 30, 2016 - 9:54 am

    I lost a spelling bee in the 3rd grade. The word salmon which I spelled salman. But most people don’t even get that close.

    • Trish -  September 5, 2016 - 10:58 am

      It’s mysterious and it’s everywhere. The placement of apostrophes before the “s” at the end of a simple plural.

      Free kitten’s
      No skate board’s allowed
      Room’s for rent
      Please lock all the door’s when leaving
      Free donut’s (to be honest I have yet to see that one)

      I don’t think a week goes by that I don’t see a sign outside or a post on the internet without this strange error.
      I’ve been using the internet since 1994 and I don’t recall seeing around that time. I think it’s something that’s been showing up more recently.

      One might say that poor education’s to blame for this trend but I think it, along with the alarming rate of homonymous spelling errors, can be blamed on the increasing disinterest in reading for pleasure.

      • eric -  September 11, 2016 - 7:29 pm

        I often ask such people why they used an apostrophe. Usually, they seem to not even understand what I am asking.

      • Laurence Kerr -  September 24, 2016 - 6:34 am

        You have misused disinterested.

        • Bart -  November 16, 2016 - 8:47 am

          Yes, he did. But a few years ago even the OED mixed up the definitions of “uninterested” and “disinterested.” The latter is supposed to describe a judge; i don’t really care what the former is supposed to describe.

  7. TCPeacock -  July 25, 2016 - 9:24 am

    The word I’ve seen very consistently misspelled lately is definitely, spelled definately. However, another pet peeve of mine is the misuse of the word lead (lehd) to mean past tense of lead (leed). It’s led folks. I see this in tech manuals (understandable that a bunch of geeks would misspell it), internet blogs and articles on mainstream sites like CNN, Fox and MSNBC. We really need to get the lead out.

    • Appleberry Smith -  August 21, 2016 - 4:55 pm

      Omg I didn’t know about the lead vs led thing! Thanks for commenting that!

    • Trish -  September 5, 2016 - 11:00 am

      Homonymous spelling errors make me crazy. Especially after I’ve seen more than 10 a day on the internet and in the closed captioning on TV.

      “Pouring” over instead of “poring” over is one I’m now seeing on many mainstream news sites.

      • Marty -  September 6, 2016 - 12:31 pm

        Let’s not forget two of my favorites.
        When someone makes a mute (instead of moot) point.
        All I want is piece (instead of peace) of mind.

  8. Eldariel -  July 19, 2016 - 7:02 am

    As one on the cusp of her eighth decade, I find absolutely all of the errors cited to be a sad indictment of our educational system (NOT, please note, of teachers.) However, the one trend that is, bar none, the most annoying is the substitution of a plural pronoun for a gender-specific singular pronoun, as in the following: “No parent should have to bury their child.” The speaker is a man, speaking of his male issue, so it would not have been incorrect to say “No father should have to bury his son.” It is the bastard offspring of ignorance and political correctness. However, since people are presumed to be so stupid these days as to be unable to understand that this sentence does not automatically exclude mothers from grieving for their daughters, the writer chose to wreak this abomination and thereby disrupted a very poignant scene.
    Professor Tolkien wept in his grave.
    I do understand that English is a living language and change is therefore inevitable, but – and it’s a great big but – not at the expense of the basic rules that make up the language. Substituting political correctness for “proper” grammar is unforgivable.

    • John Hamblin -  September 16, 2016 - 11:56 am

      Like you, I am also approaching 80 (79 at present) and agree fully with what you wrote about the degradation of the English language. In my opinion it is the radio and TV presenters who drive some of the changes in the language.

      Because they don’t have real jobs they try to introduce new pronunciations which leads to words also being misspelled. And they don’t have the smarts to be able to use “his/her” in sentences so they use “their” instead in order to be politically correct.

      I have written on this subject before, but I also blame singers for the sloppy language we have today. There is a song titled “Groovy kind of love” in which the singers sing what sounds like “wooden shoe” or “wooden Jew” instead of “wouldn’t you” i.e. “wooden shoe agree, baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love.”

      Laziness also comes into it. Dropping the ‘e’ from some words seems to please radio and TV presenters. Words like ‘missile’ and others that I can’t think of right now. They, the presenters, seem to be focussing on ‘enquiry’ now, pronouncing it as ‘enquirry.’ What, in heavens name is an ‘enquirry’? It sickens me.

  9. Jeff -  June 5, 2016 - 10:33 am

    When people spell/pronounce nuclear like nucular (A la George W. Bush)

    That really grinds my gears.

    On a totally unrelated note, Thanks for screwing up the definition of irony Alanis Morissette

    • Becky K -  July 8, 2016 - 11:09 am

      George Bush hasn’t been president in 8 years, Ironic came out in 1996. Let it go, man, let it go…..

    • Eldariel -  July 19, 2016 - 7:15 am

      Irony? Isn’t that what one does to smooth out the wrinkles in clothing?

  10. Paul -  May 6, 2016 - 1:50 am

    What drives me absolutely insane (although it really shouldn’t as I have far more important things to worry about) is when people (alot {tee hee} of people) insist on combining “a lot” into one word: alot.


    • Anastasia Williams -  May 19, 2016 - 2:18 pm

      I was in the school spelling bee and someone spelled “impossible” as “inpossible.”

  11. heidi -  April 15, 2016 - 8:56 pm

    i know alot of people who spell tomorrow wrong.. with like too many m’s or not enough r’s or they spell it like tomarrow or some weird version like that.

    • Sammy Jo -  June 22, 2016 - 11:56 pm

      I remember my third grade teacher telling us tonremember it like 3 words put together- “Tom” “or” “row” and it stuck. I get fairly annoyed when people put an “a” in it somewhere.

      • Misshell -  October 19, 2016 - 2:58 am

        What is wrong with to-morrow? Instead of some “definition” that doesn’t pertain… “till it be morrow…” That is, until tomorrow, have a good night tonight. ;P

  12. CoinToss -  February 24, 2016 - 7:05 am

    A lot of people in my middle-school class get to, two, and too mixed up as well as there, their, and they’re.

    • Hazy -  March 5, 2016 - 6:06 pm

      How about, your and you’re?

      • Sammy Jo -  June 22, 2016 - 11:58 pm

        I have to admit I hear the Kill Bill siren when i see that one, especially on signage.

    • Richard -  March 12, 2016 - 12:32 am

      To – the common one to use. (a simple common tool),
      Two – the number (note the 2 down arrows in the middle of the word) and,
      Too – or also (note the repetition of the O’s)

      While the use of your and You’re is easier I think.

      your is the common one.
      you’re remember the ( ‘ ) is the joining of two words into one.

    • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 12:38 pm

      I’m in high school, and people still get them mixed up. The frustrating thing is, adults that have graduated college still confuse them. Every time I see the typo, it drives me insane!

  13. Israel -  February 20, 2016 - 3:25 pm


    • Maria -  May 9, 2016 - 6:54 pm

      That confused me

  14. John -  February 10, 2016 - 4:46 am

    I’ve noticed many people confuse “lose” and “loose.” I thought the distinction was quite obvious, but apparently not, at least for some people.

    • CoinToss -  February 24, 2016 - 7:03 am

      That really grinds my gears…

    • Hazy -  March 5, 2016 - 6:04 pm

      It’s not. And it’s not necessarily stupid people. I’m in love with words and yet I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sit and think before writing lose or loose. Lose just doesn’t “look” like lose. Sometimes I’ve even had to think of loose and loss to eliminate them. Make’s me crazy. Can’t we just spell it, luze? ;o)

      • Pepinot -  May 4, 2016 - 8:03 pm

        Same thing with tear and tear, one rips, the other sobs. Why can’t we spell one of them differently? Stupid english.

      • Ed Nicolas -  July 29, 2016 - 1:06 pm

        I don’t like using “their” when I am referring to a singular noun or unspecified gender. “No parent should have to bury his/her child” is awkward, but it is the only alternative is we want to refer to either or both father and mother. Political correctness has nothing to do with it.

        Other languages do not have a gender distinction when referring to third person singular pronouns, and so this situation is avoided. In English, “I”, “you”, and “they” are gender-neutral, so why do we have “he” and “she”?

    • Ed Nicolas -  July 29, 2016 - 1:22 pm

      LOSE vs LOOSE
      Imagine a shoestring that gets loose, or a belt that’s loose. It is lo o nger. So put that extra “o” for “loose” meaning “not tight”.
      Imagine you lost an “o” from “loose”- you would have “lose”. Lose the extra “o” when you mean “no longer have”.

      Another memory aid: You get into a fist fight and you are punched in the mouth.
      If you still have all your teeth but one tooth is about to come off, it’s “loose”.
      If you lose one tooth, you would have a gap like in “lo se”.

  15. Apocalips Noun -  November 9, 2015 - 11:24 am

    Apocalips (respelling rather than misspelling)

    • John Hamblin -  November 14, 2015 - 12:04 pm

      Misspellings and poor grammar are the result of tiny brains in people who cannot consult a dictionary. I suspect their teachers also had tiny brains and never informed them of their existence because they, too, didn’t know they existed.

      • Christopher Briggs -  March 11, 2016 - 3:54 am

        If this can so often be said of you, then thou must strive to be different. The problem is that thou wilt find that then ye cannot understand thee – just as thou didst not understand me if thou thought I meant thee at the start of my comment. Your language itself can be thy greatest hindrance.

      • ellipsis... -  March 22, 2016 - 4:13 pm

        In my country, it’s a known fact that teachers of English need only to know what their students are intending when spelling incorrectly, so there’s no emphasis on getting spelling, grammar or punctuation right.
        Part of that, also, is that those same teachers are taught to teach rather than knowing the intimacy of their subject/s so wouldn’t necessarily know if a word was spelt correctly or otherwise.

  16. Bruce -  October 28, 2015 - 10:43 am

    What gets me is the use of the word regards in emails. The word can be used alone or Kind regards. When I see best regards I get upset after all you would not say worst regards.

    • Mercychadita -  November 9, 2015 - 12:26 pm

      OMG I always used best regards or Always if it’s a friend. Now I know.lol.

    • Ycem -  November 9, 2015 - 12:33 pm

      CREATRESS instead of creator this word makes me sick everytime this passed to my notification on Facebook. Newly invented word. Lol
      Ughhh goodness!!

    • Alan -  December 28, 2015 - 4:52 pm

      Would you say “mean regards”?

      • Sammy Jo -  June 23, 2016 - 12:03 am

        I would

    • Ellen -  February 9, 2016 - 4:15 am

      Good point. Another word often pronounced wrong is USHER….it’s pronounced often as URSHER…..whatever that means!

    • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 3:38 pm

      If you are composing a really harsh letter, you could say “worst regards”. It is not the usual, but it could be done. “Regards” does not automatically indicate positive feelings. I can regard something with scorn.

      • Ed Nicolas -  July 29, 2016 - 1:25 pm

        Why get upset with “Best Regards”? You regard it as bad English? Just disregard it if you don’t think it’s sincere.

  17. ellie -  July 13, 2015 - 2:29 am

    bad speller

    • ellibubu2 -  October 28, 2015 - 4:12 pm

      friggin right

  18. Richard -  June 28, 2015 - 7:31 pm

    Has anyone heard “I stood in bed” (because he was sick). I used tp hear it a lot.

    • ęłîžābÿthę -  August 25, 2015 - 4:04 pm

      hî pęöpłę

    • Pam -  August 31, 2016 - 2:12 pm

      This reminds me of people say they “Go make groceries” or “Cut off the light.” :). I must admit that I have told my kids to cut off the light many times. Habit.

  19. 'Ley Gitimate -  June 1, 2015 - 2:28 pm

    “indiscrepancy” — I find this funny! It made me remember someone so fond of saying “irregardless”. huff! =D

    Nice article, though! Cheers!!!

    • Raymond J Mattes Jr -  August 31, 2015 - 6:28 am

      Why is “irregardless” incorrect BUT words like “illogical” OK?

      • P$y8ern3t1k -  September 29, 2015 - 12:26 pm

        Irregardless is incorrect because it is a double negative. Regardless is a “negative” word, & the “ir” is a prefix that makes the root word a negative of itself. Illogical is correct simply because it is the opposite of logical. There’s an entire article on this site about why irregardless is not a real word. :)

  20. The Baad Speler -  May 19, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    I feel bad. I thought misspelled was spelled wrong. I thought it only has one “s”. ):

    • The Baad Speler -  May 19, 2015 - 1:30 pm

      Thiss prooves I have aweesome grammeer.

      • You're Not Alone -  June 16, 2015 - 11:46 pm

        You”ree nooot alonne

    • A badder sppelr -  November 5, 2015 - 11:12 am

      it is

      • Shila -  May 6, 2016 - 7:44 am

        Hello bladder speller

  21. Noodle Man -  May 18, 2015 - 7:03 pm

    Ifared instead of infrared? Really? If this is the most common misspellings there must be a lot of 9 year olds on the internet

    • Larry Olson -  November 23, 2015 - 12:13 pm

      I am sure the most misspelled word in the English language is garbage. I see it very often spelled as garage (as in garage sale).

      • Caleb -  December 16, 2015 - 8:37 am

        Garbage sale

        • Ellen -  February 9, 2016 - 4:20 am

          Garbage sale…..hahaha…….I guess that’ s what some of that stuff is…..garbage……after all…..the garage is not being sold!

          • Shila -  May 6, 2016 - 7:43 am

            I’m selling word spelling advis;only 3,100$

  22. Spam man -  May 12, 2015 - 1:26 pm

    Spamspamspamspamspam spamspamspamspam spamspamspamspam spamspamspamspam spamspamspamspam spamspamspamspam spamspamspamspam

    • The Baad Speler -  May 19, 2015 - 1:30 pm


      • confoosed -  October 19, 2015 - 1:09 pm

        is it spam or not??????

    • Spam woman -  December 28, 2015 - 9:36 pm


  23. Anonymous -  April 14, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    I find people make a lot of stupid spelling errors when they are in a spelling bee. *Guilty*

    • same -  December 15, 2015 - 11:16 am

      I know how you feel. *memories* tounge…

  24. Just wow -  March 22, 2015 - 10:09 am

    This is …

    • Spam man -  May 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm

      Spam yum

  25. Poppy -  February 24, 2015 - 5:10 am

    Sorry people to break this to you, but I am not British, nor American and I have never misspelled like this. Just… What?
    How can someone do this?
    It occurs to me sometimes, that people from other countries, who learn English as their second language, often speak better than natives…

    • Sammy -  February 28, 2015 - 7:25 am

      They are tryhards, you smartass

    • Mathis -  March 28, 2015 - 8:27 am

      They speak better English in other parts of the world simply because we have grown up with our language, and have created slang. That slang then changes and changes, and people cannot remember how to use BIG words, or spell them. Just like all native languages have their slang.

      • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 5:37 pm

        Slang has nothing to do with poor spelling, and America is not the only society that uses slang.

      • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 5:47 pm

        Obviously not all Americans use slang. Slang is irrelevant to misspelling words. People speak better English as a second language, because they take pride in how they communicate. So do many native English speakers. It is a mere difference between taking pride in how you present yourself and your thoughts verbally, or not.

        • ahmadu uk_land -  May 29, 2016 - 2:25 am

          Am Sorry brother’s and sister’s, we all know that every woman Being in this world, are no’t encall so we can not speak dis’me language.

      • Annie -  July 6, 2016 - 3:06 pm

        The problem is that today children are not taught phonics in school, so they can not spell or read.

    • LindaSDF -  May 3, 2015 - 3:22 pm

      One word I see misspelled, that just drives me CRAZY! is


      Yes, the word “oops”. I see SO many people who spell it


      That’s what comes from not teaching our kids Phonics, or phonetic reading and spelling.

    • surieya -  May 7, 2015 - 6:42 am

      ayye whaat you talking bout///

      • Spam man -  May 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm


    • liana -  May 12, 2015 - 5:28 pm

      i know what you mean im european and i have better grammer and spelling then most students in my grade

      • snjzndnsosmdbdjnd -  May 18, 2015 - 6:55 pm

        heehee u spelled grammar wrong

        • Ian Nipper -  May 21, 2015 - 2:19 am

          I think that was the point – along with the lack of capital letters.

        • Ted -  September 14, 2015 - 6:29 am

          But … Irrespective is okay, irregardless of what you think.

          My nomination for most-often misspelled:
          Inconvenience. How often have you seen inconvence or inconvience?

        • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 5:51 pm

          …..which is not as bad as spelling a simple word like “you” wrong.

      • Candace Lockwood -  May 5, 2016 - 10:08 am

        Many people of all ages and education levels misuse these words frequently. It seems that people don’t care whether they are using proper language or spelling the words correctly.

        • Kush -  May 9, 2016 - 7:50 am

          Hi Candance

      • Candace Lockwood -  May 5, 2016 - 10:11 am

        Your comment belies your intended claim. You may use better spelling and grammar THAN most students in your grade, but you have not demonstrated it here. Unless, of course, theirs is worse than this example!!

      • smartie -  May 19, 2016 - 11:12 am

        I feel bad for your teacher if you have better spelling and grammar than the rest of your class.

      • smartie -  May 19, 2016 - 11:13 am

        what grade r u in

    • 'Muricah -  May 27, 2015 - 6:14 pm

      Welcome to ‘Muricah. Land of the free, home of adults with the brains of 9 year olds.


      • Right to Arm Bears -  August 28, 2015 - 5:31 am

        And guns. They have guns.

        • The Doctor -  May 20, 2016 - 6:42 am

          Yes I agree

    • canSpell-Mostly -  August 19, 2015 - 3:31 pm

      In looking at most of the misspellings, I was imagining that the majority came from below the Mason-Dixon line, just because they have the drawls and twangs that make the words sound the way they are trying to spell them. They have their phonetics down– they are just applying it to something different than the rest of us.

    • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 5:36 pm

      Great question and observation. To my thinking, anyone who bothers to learn a second language likely appreciates communication and literacy enough to master his or her first language, and ditto for any subsequent languages learned.

      Obviously, the literacy rate varies from country to country. I think there is a widespread assumption that Americans are highly literate (or educated). I’m an American, and a teacher, so it’s a thorn in my side to see such widespread sub-literacy among English-speakers all over the Internet (and even among TEACHERS and students at the secondary and postsecondary levels), as well as in text messages received from adults.

      Here is an excerpt from a September 2013 Huffington Post Books report:

      “According to a study conducted in late April by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.

      “The current literacy rate isn’t any better than it was 10 years ago. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (completed most recently in 2003, and before that, in 1992), 14 percent of adult Americans demonstrated a “below basic” literacy level in 2003, and 29 percent exhibited a “basic” reading level.”

      It seems to me that the current literacy rate is worse than 10 years ago, as I have never noticed such flagrant disregard of the rules of communication, particularly spelling, until recent years. And it is not just among English speakers, but Spanish as well.

      • The Doctor -  May 20, 2016 - 6:43 am

        Wow great bloody essay

      • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 12:56 pm

        I understand your frustration with the misspellings of teachers. In MIDDLE SCHOOL I would find mistakes with their spelling. The most memorable one was compliment vs. complement.

        • eric -  September 11, 2016 - 8:43 pm

          This is not a misspelling. It is ignorance of there being two different words with two different meanings.

  26. abby -  February 23, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    you people r random

  27. Graham -  February 14, 2015 - 12:52 am

    Several people have noted the strangely common substitution of “loose/loosing” for “lose/losing” that has appeared over the last few years; but the one I find really weird is the use of “women” where “woman” is intended – e.g. “Today I met a women”. In any given instance it could be a typo, but in maybe the last year I’ve seen it a number of times. Is it just me?

    • John -  April 1, 2015 - 9:03 am

      thats probably because english is a pain in the ass. we give the sound “an” to a word with e and the sound “en” to a word with an a.. makes perfect sense (REALLY wanted to put the word “since” right there..hehe” considering the sadistic bastards that created english.

      • Patrick -  November 9, 2015 - 3:49 pm

        I have long said that English is the most inconsistent language in the world. I could give numerous instances but it would take up lots of time and space. Just start paying attention to the pronunciation of some very simple words.

      • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 6:06 pm

        That’s a cop out. And no, the word “woman” does not have the “en” sound when pronounced correctly. It has the schwa sound, or possibly the “on” sound. The word “women” does not have the “an” sound, but rather “in” or even “en” depending on the person pronouncing it. Anyone who has been reading for more than 10 years of their lives should have figured out the difference by now, if they didn’t get it the first time it was ever taught to them. Granted, English is imperfect and not the simplest language in that it is not phonetic. However, for someone born and reared in an English-speaking country, who has only had English to deal with, woman vs. women, and spelling in general is hardly rocket science.

    • Tayiti -  February 19, 2016 - 7:13 pm

      Possibly the most commonly misspelled word I can think of seeing across the Internet is woman, incorrectly spelled women. Strangely, I don’t recall seeing “woman” used in reference to multiple women.

  28. Gena -  February 4, 2015 - 11:30 pm

    Hey network ticker tape typists, it’s “canceled”, not “cancelled”.

    • MissDee -  February 12, 2015 - 10:33 am

      Cancelled is the British spelling of the word. Canceled is the totally uninteresting, easy spelling, that has been accepted in the American way of writing. :-)

      • Chris Goulet -  February 24, 2015 - 8:45 pm

        How does one more “L” make it more interesting?

        • ischris crazy -  March 1, 2015 - 2:24 am

          When someone tells you to go to “L” two are required. It looks better that way.

          • Laverne barclay -  March 16, 2015 - 2:04 pm

            That make me look good since I use that word al the time.

      • Ellen -  February 9, 2016 - 4:34 am

        Great to know. I use spell check on this word since I usually put the double “l”.

    • harry potter -  May 5, 2015 - 3:22 am


      • smartie -  May 19, 2016 - 11:15 am

        harry potter? really? some people r so weird.

  29. Vamsi -  January 15, 2015 - 8:34 am

    I was noticed that the common
    mistake ‘purchase’ as “purchage

  30. Randy Karnes -  December 31, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Misspelling words makes one appear to be ignorant. With Dictionary.com just a couple of clicks away, if I’m in doubt about something, I ALWAYS look it up. I knew how to spell all of these offenders, though.

    • Seth -  January 14, 2015 - 11:31 pm

      One of the misspellings I see all the time is “dominate” for “dominant”.

  31. amarien -  December 8, 2014 - 6:19 pm

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  32. THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:05 pm

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    • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:07 pm


      • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

        NO IM NOT

        • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:11 pm

          yes i am

          • Rosy -  March 1, 2015 - 9:51 am


          • no -  May 14, 2015 - 6:21 am

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    • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:12 pm


    • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:13 pm

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    • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:14 pm

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  33. ekatboy -  November 17, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    my pet peeves are “libary” insteat of library and “aks” instead of ask.

    • somedays -  December 10, 2014 - 11:53 am

      the hilarious thing i find here is that “insteat” is misspelled.

    • Meowmocha -  December 18, 2014 - 4:11 pm

      Or the word ‘rouge’ instead of ‘rogue’.

      • WHY -  February 1, 2015 - 4:38 pm


      • Sammy -  February 28, 2015 - 7:26 am

        warcraft scrub im a lvl 80 warlock
        lvl 76 druid
        you wanna go?

      • ischris crazy -  March 1, 2015 - 2:30 am

        The rogue wore rouge. (It’s makeup!)…

      • Isabunny -  June 4, 2015 - 5:41 pm

        LOL rouge and rogue are entirely different words! And most of these words I can spell correctly, and I’m under 18.

      • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:01 pm

        I’ve never seen that, but it’s pretty funny…

    • Right? -  December 21, 2014 - 11:45 am

      When people say “Can I aks you something?” I’m like
      “No, you cannot axe me in the face.”

    • Annoyed -  January 14, 2015 - 11:39 am

      Nobody says libary

      • WHY -  February 1, 2015 - 4:38 pm

        I do

      • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:03 pm

        Oh, really? Why don’t you come and visit some of the people I know…

  34. Breanna Jones -  November 17, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    I think that the article is dumb. is stupid. they should have the word most misspelled every instead of a n article. How stupid!!!!!!!!!

    • Grammar Nazi -  January 30, 2015 - 2:37 pm

      *It’s stupid
      It is stupid

    • Mathis -  March 28, 2015 - 8:33 am

      I do believe that this article may be helpful to your blatant disrespect for grammar.

      • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:06 pm

        So very true.

    • Candace Lockwood -  May 5, 2016 - 11:41 am

      The reason spelling and grammar are important is that they enable people who are reading what you wrote, or even listening to you speak can understand that which you are saying. In reading what you wrote here, I have no idea what the point is. I, too, don’t like to be “axed” questions. Being in the medical field, one of my most hated references is to “stomach” when a person either means uterus (or womb, in re pregnancy) or abdomen. If a pregnancy somehow got into your stomach, it would die instantly.

    • The Doctor -  May 20, 2016 - 6:45 am

      *mispelled lol

  35. Ahmasi -  September 20, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    English, specifically American English, is the closest we’ve come to a global lingua franca! It is flexible and adaptive and growing all the time! The purists most remain vigilant while understanding that English is a living, growing, expanding language; changes and new additions are to be expected! We may all have our pet peeves but long after we’re gone, English will still be moving on! Embrace it!

    • ecadre -  April 4, 2016 - 6:06 am

      Actually, it’s not American English that is the most widely spread, but the various forms related to Commonwealth English found across places like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, South Africa, West Indies and many more.

      The legacy of the British Empire casts a long shadow.

  36. Ahmasi -  September 20, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    I would like to ‘officially’ coin the term [cellcam] as opposed to [camera phone]! my reasoning is this: the mobile phone/cell phone is primarily a telephone with a camera app that came later on when newer technology made combining the two devices possible! The word CELCAM maintains the proper order of their purpose; to communicate AND capture images!

    • J -  December 21, 2015 - 8:07 pm

      Wrong, because then you could also call it CellDiary or CellCalendar. It is phone with many functions. ‘Camera’ is enough to describe it. Your rationale is wrong but I see what you were trying to do…

  37. Christine -  September 19, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    This website is so cool

    • christina -  September 30, 2014 - 7:22 pm

      yea i agree what u saying

  38. @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    @MY worst spelling ever was PERCISE as PRECISE
    //2 Hard/// Confused right now.
    Wait, What was the longest word in the world? (Or In U.S)
    Forgot it :)

    • michele -  October 4, 2014 - 5:06 am

      I have a friend from Australia who wondered when I stated “I am going to take a bath” where I was taking my bath to. He said the correct phrase would be ” I have going to have a bath.” When he stated it this way I could understand the point he was making. I have noticed when I am watching a program from England or Australia they always say she is in hospital, not in “the’ hospital.

    • michele -  October 4, 2014 - 5:18 am

      What is it? I know of pneomonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Which briefly translated as a lung condition caused by silica dust.

      • Anonymous -  April 5, 2015 - 10:32 am

        That is so NOT the longest word! The longest word has 189,819 letters.t’s the chemical name of Titin (or connectin), a giant protein “that functions as a molecular spring which is responsible for the passive elasticity of muscle.”

    • Mark -  October 3, 2015 - 11:52 pm


  39. Fionn -  September 15, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    For all Intensive Porpoises, this was a lame artical.

    • Ahmasi -  September 20, 2014 - 7:23 pm

      That’s a good one; needed the laughf!

    • john -  February 9, 2015 - 10:32 am

      What is an “artical” ?

      • The Doctor -  May 20, 2016 - 6:46 am


  40. Greg Sagan -  September 15, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Actually we Spelling Despots will come at you with pitchphorques.

    Try to get it right.

    • applemacperson -  December 3, 2014 - 2:07 pm

      “Pitchfork” is actually the correct spelling, but if you’re concerned about it, then you could split it into “pitch fork” which would refer to a fork used for pitching, which is by definition what a pitchfork is.

      • Zhenqian -  February 27, 2015 - 6:50 pm

        Sis.zhen Qian say pitchfork is correct!

  41. Kevin -  September 15, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    We’d have less of this if we placed greater value on knowledge, intelligence, education, and just plain reading. That wouldn’t necessarily eliminate typos (which tend to get missed because we distinguish a lot of words by their shapes, and our brains regularly fill in missing bits for us), but it would do wonders for proper word choice, grammar, punctuation, and spelling—all of which we presumably learned in school.

    • Jeremy -  October 6, 2014 - 9:40 am

      I agree quite fervently with you about this. I myself stuck my nose in a dictionary every single time I heard a word I didn’t understand or recognize. Once familiar with the definition, I began using it in everyday sentences randomly until it made sense to me. As a result, I have a college graduate reading level. Something I’m quite proud of. :)

      • Spam man -  May 12, 2015 - 1:25 pm


    • Candace Lockwood -  May 5, 2016 - 11:58 am

      I never understand how people can read, but not spell. However, I don’t see very many people actually reading. In my own family, my father, who is 86 and blind in one eye, reads about 6 hours a day. He read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” about 3 years ago (so much for “I’m too old to learn”). My mother also reads several hours a day. I would read more if I was working less, but do enjoy reading one or two books a month. It’s a love that was instilled in me as a little girl. People should take pride in knowing their own language, rather than just demonstrating how much foul language they can use. How much nicer society would be if we all stopped swearing for a while.

      • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:21 pm

        Thank you! I truly wish that people could reach deep down and come up with a response that sounds good without the use of a swear word or two (or more). You sound so much smarter that way.
        I have a large stack of books waiting for me as soon as I finish the book I’m reading right now. Thank goodness I’m on summer break right now–I can finally catch up.
        People really should know their own language. Plus a few more. You end up understanding your first even better than before. I know from experience–I’m learning two languages simultaneously and hoping for a third next school year.

  42. Angela -  September 15, 2014 - 11:10 am

    I am always shocked by the number of educated people that spell tomorrow as “tomarrow.”

  43. Stan Ford -  September 15, 2014 - 6:46 am

    The most common mistake I see in online comment sections is the use of loose when the writer clearly means lose.

    • Joanna -  September 15, 2014 - 10:56 pm

      Yes, I’ve noticed that too. And it’s a mistake that’s frequently made even by people who obviously have very good spelling and grammar skills otherwise.

      • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:28 pm

        I’ve noticed that!! Mmmhm!

    • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 9:50 pm

      Yes! Seems to happen a lot.

  44. imajoebob -  September 15, 2014 - 5:59 am

    You need to learn to tell the difference between misspellings and typos. About half of these appear to be the latter.

  45. William Stapleton -  September 15, 2014 - 3:46 am

    I would have expected “deteriorate” to be up there, because everybody these days seems to say”deteriate”.

  46. Jeff Calhoun -  September 14, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    JUDGMENT is a word I find 95% of people misspell.

    • Adam -  October 6, 2014 - 6:47 am

      Probably because of other words like “achievement” that leave the ‘e’ at the end of the root word. I blame it on the loss of emphasis on vocabulary and spelling – especially the spelling of the most commonly misspelled words – in school.

      I caught one of my high school seniors confusing the words “bored” and “board” in a post he had made on facebook. His excuse was that he had not had spelling in school since the sixth grade (nevermind that he spelled it right, but simply used the wrong word). I told him that was no excuse. I said, “Never settle for being adequate. Always strive to be better.”

    • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:24 pm

      I think I was guilty of that in elementary school.

  47. web hosting -  February 4, 2014 - 11:53 am

    I remember writing “cushion” for ‘Cousin’ only once though!

    • Cimarron -  September 14, 2014 - 2:31 pm

      None of these is likely to be misspelled by a logophile.

      Misspellings of logophiles are more likely to include occurrance (or occurance), excede, exascerbate, and words in which the user must select between the suffix -ance and the suffix -ence.

    • Interesting -  September 14, 2014 - 5:12 pm

      I used to spell bowel movement as bowl movement since you put it into a bowl.

      • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:29 pm

        Once I was young, I misspelled the word ‘because’ as ‘becuze’ and sometimes I have the same mistake :(

    • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:25 pm

      OMG :) me 2!

  48. THE REAL wolf tamer and coal miner -  February 3, 2014 - 3:30 am

    @ the “wolf tamer and coal miner” who posted:

    “So, I’ve decided to quit minecraft because I think it’s really lame. Also I’d like to take this opportunity to admit that I have no idea how to tame wolves or punch trees or anything else like that. I’m very sorry.”

    Why, exactly, did you steal my name? For goodness’ sake, you don’t have to go using someone else’s screen name. If you’re trying to be funny, it’s not working. If you think I talk about Minecraft too much, I haven’t been – not for a long time. If you’re just being mean, get a life! Don’t you have anything better to do than trolling on a dictionary forum? And, fyi, I do know how to tame wolves (right-click them with bones until hearts bubble up from them) and punch trees (left-click on one until a block of wood pops out) and “anything else like that.” I realize some people may not like Minecraft, but you don’t have to go around saying it’s “really lame.” :|

    • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:26 pm


  49. wolf tamer and coal miner -  January 29, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    So, I’ve decided to quit minecraft because I think it’s really lame. Also I’d like to take this opportunity to admit that I have no idea how to tame wolves or punch trees or anything like that. I’m very sorry.

    • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:31 pm

      To. FAKE wolf tamer and coal miner
      get your own name :( :( :( :(
      So you decided to quit minecraft? First of all, you have to quit your fake username!

      • tylerbroxterman -  November 21, 2014 - 8:18 am

        I can’t say why you quit minecraft it is awsome ps you tame wolfs with bones from skeletons pps what system do u play on

  50. wolf tamer and coal miner -  January 29, 2014 - 1:30 am

    I have trouble spelling “excite” (exite), “experiment” (expirement), and “exercise” (excercise).

  51. An Awesome Minecrafter -  January 29, 2014 - 1:23 am

    A few minutes ago I saw an ad for a website called Lookany. Here is what it said:

    “Lookany Your Ultimate Web Ressource”


    • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:32 pm

      :) That …. That… (laugh) (laugh) (laugh)
      (laugh) (serious) pretty funny!!!!

  52. Poonam -  January 27, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    I remember writing “cushion” for ‘Cousin’ only once though!

  53. An Awesome Minecrafter -  January 27, 2014 - 3:16 am

    Another thing that gets under my skin: people saying “wallah” instead of “voila.” I’m not sure why it bothers me so much, but it does.

    @Inept Nico:
    You could be right about the dash. I’m only in 7th grade, so I still have plenty to learn about grammar… And I didn’t know about the “Syldexics of the world, untie” thing.

    • Adam -  October 6, 2014 - 7:02 am

      I quite agree with you on “wallah” vs “voilà” being irritating. And since I’m well past 7th grade, I know exactly why it bothers me so much (and I suspect the reason is pretty much the same for you).

      Put simply, it’s because it is the wrong word. But more importantly, it gives away the ignorance of the person writing it, in that they really have no idea what they’re saying. They just know (sort of) what it sounds like, and they are trying to look sophisticated. Too bad for them, they only make themselves look stupid. Of course, if they pronounced it correctly, they would probably spell it “vwallah”.

  54. Spelling Queen -  January 25, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    I misspelled without for the longest time (withought) as well as maybe (mabye) As I type this, spell check attempts to correct me. (No wonder so many kids nowadays would be lost without it, maybe…) I would love to write a novel called “No Spell Check on a Typewriter”: a dystopian novel about when all the power goes out and no one can spell anything.

    • izzy -  November 26, 2014 - 9:49 am

      me 2 I cant wait to read the book!

  55. Pookypooky -  January 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    My worst spelled word is fart because I keep putting part instead- do any other find this! ALso I forgot I love you Collins

  56. Inept Nico -  January 13, 2014 - 12:59 am

    @Awesome Minecrafter

    > The hyphen (little dash; this thing: -)
    Isn’t the ndash, and not a hyphen, used to indicate a pause – for the reader to take stock of the sentence?
    And is not the mdash another punctuation mark entirely — one can digress from the main thought — without breaking stride between sentences?

    > Minecrafters, unite! (or maybe, “untie”?)
    You usurpers, it was originally

    > ignoramuses
    I know this is the correct plural, but it does sound kind of effected. Wouldn’t “ignorami” go down much better? This latitutude is granted to the other word that pluralises in a whole mouthful :
    noun, plural hip·po·pot·a·mus·es, hip·po·pot·a·mi

    “Education is one of those things where every ignoramus and his brother is an expert” – unknown

    Is there a problem with the second verb’s number here? (I think that Fowler may call this something like the “singular by proximity” issue). Surely it should be
    … every ignoramus and his brother are experts ?


    • John Hamblin -  November 14, 2015 - 11:54 am

      I would never comment on a subject such as this if I didn’t know the correct words to use, which you obviously don’t. You wrote: “…does sound kind of EFFECTED.” The correct word is “AFFECTED.” Look in a dictionary for the difference between the two words.

  57. Hilton -  January 9, 2014 - 4:03 am

    Nice thread/ conversation all! I had a similar conversation recently about American English dialect (yes it is a dialect)
    You can aks anyone.

    Language tends to evolve from the lowest common denominator amongst it’s users…Hence: ‘Me and John’
    instead of ‘John and I’ ….and what about the general use of z’ in words that should have an ‘s’ eg sympathise…
    Even Spellcheck has those incorrect.

    • Bryan -  July 22, 2014 - 11:42 pm

      i wonder about written t>sh or pronounced/written t>s in words like initiate cuz just the t? JUST THE t?! inisiate/inishiate… ahhh, maybe people wouldn’t garner the inietzscheative? :-h

  58. Gramma Nazi -  January 8, 2014 - 6:55 am

    “I always try to spell things right” – my gramma says that you should try to spell correctly

  59. Collins -  January 7, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Speaking as a teenager who frequents social media from time to time and therefore sees some quite unfortunate postings by her peers… I say the most misspelled word of 2013 was, indubitably, “awkward.”
    That akward? awkard? awkaward? awkwerd? moment when many high schoolers can’t spell a 5th-grade vocab word.

    Oh, and don’t even get me started on “psycho.” How many tweets have I seen where some poor misguided female soul refers to that crazy girl liking her boyfriend’s pictures on Instagram as a #physco…?

  60. ShorePatrol -  January 7, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Well I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kentucky in the early 80′s and- hear- are a few of their phrases: “It got broke half in two”, “Taint Neither” with the reply of “Tis Too”. I’m from Chicago and continue to use them whenever possible, try it if just for the looks back! And to anon-e-mouse well done.

    • David -  September 14, 2014 - 10:47 pm

      It’s ’80s, not 80′s.

  61. MRBSOK -  January 7, 2014 - 11:33 am

    @ Levi Payne Sloane
    I have a friend that says the same thing….lol I correct her, I figure she’s my friend so I have the right…. hahahaha

  62. Bill Landy -  January 7, 2014 - 11:29 am

    My favorite OOPS is when people say “I could care less about that” rather than “I couldn’t care less about that”. But who cares?

  63. pitboxer -  January 7, 2014 - 11:20 am

    My spelling problems have disappeared since I started using spill chick.

    • LOL -  January 21, 2015 - 2:26 pm

      Yup! Spill Chick is definitely helpful!

  64. Ole professor Bill -  January 7, 2014 - 6:02 am

    The most common spelling error I see …

    • aruellr -  September 8, 2014 - 11:33 am


  65. Ole professor Bill -  January 7, 2014 - 6:01 am

    The most spelling error among my student is an inability to discern between “its” and “it’s.” From from time to time, I see “its’.”

    • aruellr -  September 8, 2014 - 11:33 am


  66. Levi Payne Sloane -  January 6, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    I have a friend who uses “I took her a bath” rather than ‘I gave her a bath,’ and “We are going to make her a party” instead of ‘….give her a party.’ Drives me nuts, but he’s so sweet that I haven’t the heart to correct him!

    • michele -  October 4, 2014 - 5:33 am

      The incorrect pronouncement of the word “ask” drives me crazy. I have noticed many African American people pronounce it “Aks” or axes. I also get a little crazy when people say “orientate” instead of “orientation.”

      • Candace Lockwood -  May 5, 2016 - 12:11 pm

        That’s one of my least favorites also. I usually notice people using “orientate” instead of orient, however–i.e. “He was planning to orient the new employees in the morning.” In one particularly bad instance, the writer said someone was “orientating”! Another example of lack of education and thinking. I don’t remember being taught how to conjugate verbs (in English), but it must have happened at some point.

      • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:35 pm

        I realize that “pronouncement” is a true English word, but the word that you were searching for there is “pronunciation.”

    • Richard -  June 28, 2015 - 7:13 pm

      How about “I was sick, so I stood in bed all day”?

  67. guidedAuspex -  January 6, 2014 - 8:47 am


    I know that.

    I was referencing a TV show. :)

  68. jon free -  January 6, 2014 - 6:54 am

    won off thu moist come on mis pelling sandnon scents wurds iz of .instead of have . it comes from mis pronounciation., lazy english .of becomes have ..of is pertaining to wheras have is equal parts of a hole !!!!!

    • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:38 pm

      Wow. Just, wow. I barely managed to translate that.

  69. MzKK -  January 6, 2014 - 5:55 am

    Wallah for voila does irritate me a bit!

    Prawbully for probably is pretty high up on my annoy-o-rama scale too.

  70. An Awesome Minecrafter With Several Awesome Minecrafting Friends -  January 6, 2014 - 1:28 am

    What gets on my nerves:
    >loose/lose – did you press the O key too long?
    >it’s/its – “it’s” = it is; “its” = belonging to it
    >you’re/your – “you’re” = you are; “your” = belonging to you
    >they’re/their/there – “they’re” = they are; “their” = belonging to them; “there” = in that place

    I can relate, being a writer myself; I sometimes have to search for several minutes before discovering the perfect word.

    @Urmom & Urdad:
    Good grief. The word that comes to mind is “ignoramuses.” But, just so you can understand, I will simplify it for you: DUMB. The hyphen (little dash; this thing: -) shows a pause when reading the sentence. If you did in fact read the sentence at all.

    Minecrafters, unite! (or should I say “untie”?) :D

    • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:35 pm

      Misspelled word :
      Pretty vs/ Pretty

      if you saw the difference between these two words (pretty vs. pretty) you are lying :)

  71. Tony Suckling -  January 5, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    There is an epidemic of people agreeing with themselves, when they pepper their speech with ‘yeah’ and ‘so yeah’. It has been happening for years, but seems to be getting worse. Ugh!

  72. Madonna Taylor -  January 5, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Talking about typing errors versus spelling errors, I knew a fellow who sold prosthetic appliances for a living. He was applying for a new job and was up against a deadline. In his rush, he decided to use a resume’ service and had them send out his resume’ and application without him proof reading it first. It had him selling “artificial limps”. Talk about a Freudian slip!

  73. kenzi -  January 5, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    and thank you thesaurus for that amazing way to help spell immigration… migrate isn’t in there anywhere… maybe this is why so many words are spelled horrible… false information haha

  74. kenzi -  January 5, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    I always try to spell things right, but especially when I get really mad at someone online, I don’t want to be that moron who’s yelling at someone for something rude or dumb they did and be spelling everything wrong!!! XD

  75. kenzi -  January 5, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    I always try to spell things right, but especially when I get really mad at someone online, I don’t want to be that moron who’s yelling at someone for something rude or dumb they did and be spelling everything wrong XD

  76. Kevin -  January 5, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    I cannot believe it. I see misspellings and other problems every day.
    In about the 7th grade, I won a spelling Bee with “antidisestablishmentarianism”.

    • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 1:42 pm

      Impressive for your age at the time. My school district was terrible at that time, so I won easily.

  77. Graypelt -  January 4, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    I have several friends who can not stand “chat-speak” (substituting your for ur, are for r, why for y, etc.). I’ve always been fairly good at spelling since kindergarten, and I like to use the trick I was taught to “sound out words”, but sometimes it does not work. Some examples are words like taught (I used to spell it tot when I was little) and what about thyme? I spelled it “time” just like in the sentence, “What time of day is it?”
    You might catch me giggle in disbelief at words like iPhone (no offense intended to the company or its users), because I split the words apart in my mind, “i Phone” and see that it looks capitalized in the wrong word and not capitalized where it should be. I learned when I was very young that you always capitalize the letter “i” because it indicates a (person, place, or thing), which signifies a level of importance. Whereas with the word, “Phone”, you do not need to capitalize it unless it is the first word in a sentence. In my opinion, “iPhone” should be spelled, “Iphone”. Is there anyone who agrees with me on this?

    • Ian Nipper -  May 21, 2015 - 6:53 am

      I like to pronounce ‘iPhone’ ‘iffone’ (the ‘i’ as in ‘hit’).

  78. cindy -  January 4, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Social media’s frequent adoption of the phrase ” gone missing”. Haven’t you finished your being missing since it’s gone? Maybe they mean” gone fishing ” instead.

  79. Kelsey Grammar -  January 4, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    As an IT professional who can actually write and spell, I’d like to create a usage-checker that immediately disables the keyboard of any geek who converts shutdown, login / logout, setup, or any other compound noun into a verb. I saw a manual that referred to “backupping” a hard drive, groan…

    I’ve named another bête noire “Hyphen the Terrible”: atrocities such as “The omelet was made with 3-eggs” or “He stopped for a red-light”.

    FWIW – I mean, for what it’s worth – “orientate” is an aberration for those of us on the west side of the Atlantic, but it’s very common in British English with usage dating to the early 19th century.

    • aruellr -  September 8, 2014 - 11:34 am

      talk 2 much

      • @Erin_n_Eric -  September 16, 2014 - 5:35 pm

        your reply is 2 short

  80. bob -  January 4, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Don’t be peeved. Orientate IS a word but chiefly British. Please check OED and Cambridge Dictionary.

  81. B. K. -  January 4, 2014 - 8:19 am

    When I write anything, I continually look up words for their correct spelling. I do misspell words unintentionally. ( the word “misspell” doesn’t look right, yet, according to the dictionary this is the correct way to write it. ) Oftentimes when I text I have to mindfully tell myself “don’t be lazy B.” I read what people post on sites and I do get discouraged because of the use of a single letter in place of the actual word. (u r) My son, who is 25 told me it irritates him when he receives a text that is not written properly. I never thought about it until he brought it up, since then I double check myself when I text. It does take longer to try and use proper English and spelling, it is worth every effort put into it. If one knows how to spell correctly then do so, or those like myself who sometimes find the simplest words difficult to spell and have the means to look up the proper spelling of those words I encourage them to look them up. It appears the use of correct spelling is dying off, I am thankful for those who continue to put forth the effort in keeping it alive.

  82. Emma -  January 4, 2014 - 3:29 am

    Does no one think of ‘adamant’ as Adam Ant? Just me then…

  83. TheFlyingSquirrel -  January 4, 2014 - 2:46 am

    One of my favourites was a café that had an all day breakfast menu, including ‘raison toast’ I’m guessing it was their raisin d’etre. :)

    • TheFlyingSquirrel -  September 16, 2014 - 5:36 pm


    • brujaja -  December 8, 2014 - 10:04 pm


      ha ha ha haaaa! Good one!

  84. Bibliophile -  January 3, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Apparently “Urmom” and “Urdad” (two commenters below, not the beginning of an insult to the world) are both fairly, well…imbecilic comes to mind, but let me translate so they can both understand: DUMB. But then, trolls are not historically known for their intellectual prowess.

  85. Caleydog -  January 3, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    I’m the first to admit I can be (okay, I AM) an absolute pain in the posterior when it comes to the English language. Being an editor for several decades will do that to a fella. However, if everyone posting here took 30 seconds to proof prior to hitting submit, youse all would get a good guffaw. To wit:

    …now there’s two worth looking up (there’s doesn’t = there ARE)
    …SMS limitation has had it’s fair share (Uh, maybe its fair share?)
    … one of my biggest pet peeves (Only one peeve can be the biggest.)
    …proof all their correspondences before they are sent (Correspondence as a plural? Learnt something new today!!)
    …a newly graduated, elementary-level, substitute teacher (Calling a new substitute teacher’s skills elementary is cold!)

    None of us should judge too harshly; instead we should enjoy — and learn from — pieces such as this that offer a chance to sharpen our language skills … and our collective sense of humor. Oh, BTW … my 1974 Random House Dictionary, 2nd Edition, Unabridged states “youse” is an acceptable (although not preferred) pluralization of “you.” Talk about a punch to the gut.

  86. Corliss D. Gorton -  January 3, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    thats great

  87. Kelly Carter -  January 3, 2014 - 10:59 am

    The most frequent misspelled word I see is “loose” when “lose” was intended: “My New Year’s resolution is to loose some weight.” But it’s understandable if you try to “sound out” the word “loose”. “Lose” could be sounded out something like “lohz”. English is so fun!

  88. Elizabeth -  January 3, 2014 - 9:16 am

    I blame these misspellings on people who don’t read. Anything other than on the internet, that is. They’ve HEARD the word, and GUESS at it’s spelling. I grew up reading all manner of publications, newspapers, magazines, books, novels. Real, substantial books, with a good use of the English language. I use adjectives and adverbs in my everyday life that most, or at least half the people I interact with, have never heard of. Then I end up explaining their meanings and definitions through more common synonyms and example sentences.
    I don’t use them to impress, or inflate myself, but because I love the English language and all it’s sublte intricacies, There are many words to use for a meaning, but often ONLY ONE has MY EXACT meaning.

    • Candace Lockwood -  May 5, 2016 - 12:19 pm

      For your future effort to use the language correctly, “it’s” is only correctly used as a contraction of “it is”. Where you used it in your sentence, it should be written “its”. I notice many people assume any S at the end of a word should have an apostrophe in front of it, but it is rarely correct.

    • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 2:03 pm

      I assume “sublte” is a typo…
      I’ve had the opposite problem of hearing a word and misspelling it–I often see a word and mispronounce it because I’ve never heard it used before. Sometimes I’ll notice a connection between pronunciations of words I’ve heard and odd spellings I’ve seen, too. For example, “segue,” “indict,” and “schizophrenia.”

    • eric -  September 11, 2016 - 9:01 pm

      Don’t explain. Let them wallow in ignorance or show some initiative. My boss once queried me whether another employee used illegal drugs. I replied that I knew for certain that the employee eschewed illegal drugs. So he tried to fire him. The employee passed a drug screen, and the boss accused me of lying to him. Fortunately, there had been a literate witness to our conversation.

  89. Sick day. -  January 3, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Since living amongst the colonists of New Jersey, I’ve noticed that American “English” (sometimes erroneously referred to as “American English” ) has a few words which may have been misread, misspelt, or mispronounced into their modern common forms. Immediately coming to mind: “chaise lounge” (chaise longue), “hot flashes” (hot flushes).

    Best to sit back and enjoy how the language continues to evolve – although it’s probably happening at a faster pace than ever before.

  90. Sick day. -  January 3, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Amusing one from Brian H; wallah/violá. “Wallah” came to British English in the days of the Raj (yes, I remember it well), most popularly used to denote a man who has a particular job or rôle, hence, “char wallah” (tea-serving man), “bungee wallah” (rubbish collector or street-sweeper), and “pankah wallah” (fan operator). As the French policeman said, when he uncovered a thief, “Et voleur!”

    Speaking of the French, one of my pet peeves is the use of the tautological “please RSVP”.

  91. Pedantick -  January 3, 2014 - 6:43 am

    At last, a place to share my frustration about the misspelling of Petrel Blue – usually spelled ‘petrol’ when, in fact it refers to the blue colour of the sea bird.

  92. Chris -  January 3, 2014 - 2:40 am


    That is what is called an em dash. It is, in that sentence, the functional equivalent of a semicolon, though, admittedly, an em dash should be used in a manner similar—but not identical—to pair of parentheses.

  93. Chris -  January 3, 2014 - 2:33 am

    Oops as “ops”.

  94. Mr. Spelling -  January 2, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    If I had gender reassignment surgery, I’d be a Miss Spelling.

    • G -  September 14, 2014 - 9:00 pm

      It’s pure laziness. Plain and simple.

  95. wordo -  January 2, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    hey guidedAuspex, is there such a thing as an ‘American language’? I thought you guys spoke English?

  96. iam dtaunt -  January 2, 2014 - 11:06 am

    …noww i’me reeley confoosed…

  97. arlethia -  January 2, 2014 - 10:44 am

    I hate when people say libary instead of library. Also benarystep is right, so listen to that person

  98. Gary Mann -  January 2, 2014 - 9:31 am

    The word “me” used as a nominative case pronoun is repulsive to me. I hear college graduates say “me and Joey went to the movies last Saturday.” I would also like to know how someone “graduates college.” What happens to the college when one graduates it?

  99. mhood -  January 2, 2014 - 3:01 am

    Indiscrepancy is probably “a pair of facts which seem to have a lack of compatibility or similarity but which, upon checking, are actually compatible or similar. Such as “I say the moon is made of green cheese,” and “I am an idiot.”

  100. Ariel -  January 1, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    And I know, my comment is probably filled with grammar mistakes.

  101. Ariel -  January 1, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    I’m pretty sure some of these “misspellings” are made when people type too fast or type without looking. Just because people spell something wrong doesn’t mean they’re dumb (unless it’s something like “discorrect” or “unallowable,” or something. Or would those not be counted as misspellings?). Take “perjudice,” for example: after all, the “r” and the “e” are next to each other on the keyboard. It happens to me often. Just a thought…

  102. Shirley Zielske -  January 1, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Poor spellers live under a ” care less” spell.

  103. Brian H -  January 1, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Could, would, should of. I guess it sounds too much like ‘ve.

  104. Douglas Perret Starr -  January 1, 2014 - 6:34 am

    Thank God for copyeditors.

  105. Brian H -  January 1, 2014 - 5:52 am

    This is kina ‘orrible, but have seen it often: “wallah”. It means (of course or incredibly) voila.

  106. guidedAuspex -  January 1, 2014 - 3:20 am

    Remember the Lost Commandments!

    “Thou Shalt Not Bastardize The American Language”

  107. binaryStep -  January 1, 2014 - 2:59 am


    Ironic that you see “facepalm” as a word, but not “orientate”, even though the latter has appeared more widely in dictionaries.

  108. binaryStep -  January 1, 2014 - 2:57 am


    Conversate and irregardless are words though

    All words start off as “made up” words like those

    Once, “eyes” wasn’t a word, people said “eyen”

  109. Bob -  December 31, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    indiscrepancy: when you read an e-mail or text and then attempt to correct the sender’s spelling on a word that was already spelled correctly.

  110. Brianna -  December 31, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    I love the responses to this.

  111. me -  December 31, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    yeah, thanks to the public (government) school system of “education”. Also, add to that social media, and Common Core (a part of Agenda 21, a UN top down requirement turned loose on the American public and their children by the communist left who have been running things for some time now) will be turning out a myriad little idiots.

  112. IZOOODUMP -  December 31, 2013 - 11:38 am

    zo manny grammer Natzies

  113. Laurie -  December 31, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Really? Hasn’t anyone noticed that if you look for ‘migrant’ inside ‘immigration’ you won’t find it?

    • Marah -  October 22, 2014 - 1:41 pm

      That is what I thought as well!

  114. Catie -  December 31, 2013 - 8:22 am

    I’m the secretary for a contract engineering department. It is my job to proof all their correspondences before they are sent. It is amazing to me how many of them insist on spelling things wrong or using incorrect grammar! Run on sentences are a favorite around here, as well as using “Please advice” instead of “advise” (for some reason MS Word wants to change advise to advice? So they listen to it… regardless of what I tell them.)

  115. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 31, 2013 - 4:57 am

    They’re not saying “Don’t look at what they do look…,” they’re saying “Don’t look at what they do – look at what they do wrong.” The hyphen shows a break in the sentence. Maybe you’re the one who needs to study up on “ur” grammar.

  116. John Canterbury -  December 30, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    The grammatical error that has always bothered me the most is when someone is referring to a person performing some task and use “that” instead of “who”. Another is not using to, too, and two correctly. Finally using there, their, and they’re incorrectly sends me through the roof. Happy New Year! Bring on the technology and the new language that comes with it!

  117. Josh -  December 30, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Ha! The comment chain for this article has been nearly as entertaining as the article itself. Nice work, everyone, I’ve learned a bundle. Wait… can a bundle be learned?

  118. Nancy Armijo -  December 30, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Here is a poem, written at least 20 years ago, when spell checkers were new to most of us. I have no idea who wrote it. I would give credit if I knew to whom it belonged. I typed it lower case and punctuated it as it was written on the copy I received.. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!

    Ode to My Spell Checker

    eye halve a spelling checker
    it came with my pea sea.
    it plainly marques fore my revue; miss steaks eye kin knot sea
    eye strike a key and type a word; and weight fore it to say;
    weather eye am wrong oar write. it shows me strait a weigh;
    as soon as a mist ache is maid, it nose bee fore two long,
    and eye can put the error rite. its rare lea ever wrong.
    eye have run this poem threw it; i am shore your pleased two no.
    its letter perfect awl the weigh, my checker tolled me sew.

    • Marah -  October 22, 2014 - 1:42 pm

      Awesome poem!

    • Lia -  June 3, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      This is now my favorite poem.

    • rune -  August 30, 2016 - 5:24 pm


  119. Amy -  December 30, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    My pet peeve is all the people that want to axe me a question. If I actually see you with an axe in your hand, I will run rather than answer.

    • C. Robert Holloway -  September 15, 2014 - 6:18 am

      Hear, hear! Yesterday, while on the phone for hours with Tech support, the young man persisted in saying “Let me axe you this” Finally, in utter frustration, I said, “I’ll answer you right after I finish asking some firewood.” He didn’t get it.
      I’ve heard several explanations as to how this ridiculous mispronunciation came to be, none of them make sense. Does anyone know?

      • Richard -  June 28, 2015 - 7:23 pm

        None of them MAKES sense. None is always singular, as in “None of them is”,which sounds wrong but it isn’t

  120. Mary -  December 30, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    as a student, their(pronoun) possessive for they, and there (adverb) are two different things. yet I see quite often the direction (there) is being used in place of personal possessive. also thanks to the person that pointed out “you are” and ” your ” does not mean the same. We have a noun and a verb, any “your” is a pronoun

  121. Nancy Armijo -  December 30, 2013 - 11:21 am

    @Cowbell Blues – Regarding your father saying, “Very instiresting” (sic) — From the way you wrote it, he probably was imitating the comedian Arte Johnson who frequently said that phrase during the TV program “Laugh-In” in the late 1960s. If you’ve never seen the original, Arte Johnson version, I imagine you can find it on youtube.

  122. Samuel Johnson -  December 30, 2013 - 11:12 am

    Those were some hard words, I mean I probably would missed some too.

  123. Rabbit5 -  December 30, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Who kares? Oops

  124. Nancy Armijo -  December 30, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Some of my pet peeves are:

    The incorrect usage of they’re, their, and there, i.e., Their going to watch a movie after they buy they’re tickets and there popcorn.

    Same as above with its and it’s.

    Putting an apostrophe in a plural, as in trying on shoe’s or knocking down bowling pin’s; and then, the opposite mistake of not using the apostrophe when it really is needed. About six years ago, I even told a newly graduated, elementary-level, substitute teacher not to add apostrophes to non-possessive plurals. The “dumbing-down” of America…

  125. tam -  December 30, 2013 - 6:00 am

    Is there a word for the Freudian slips we make in typing? There should be. I have to distinguish between a Freudian typo and a spelling error.

    For furlough to be the winner – I’d like to know who uses the word that often? I haven’t in my life – except for this post.

  126. Urdad -  December 29, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    The first sentence of this article has bad grammar. The continuation of the sentence after the comma is incorrect. Also, the title of this article is incorrect. The misspelling of the year 2013.

    • THEREAL SLIM SHADy -  November 23, 2014 - 6:08 pm


  127. Urmom -  December 29, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    do–look = incorrect

    • rune -  August 30, 2016 - 5:29 pm


  128. R Moulton -  December 29, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    How about the always confusing “peaked my interest” instead of the elegantly spelled piqued? Almost never see this done correctly.

  129. ~JaiMe~ -  December 29, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Something (actually, some things) to contemplate: when searching for any word/string, after typing only a few of the letters, there is already a drop-down menu with suggestions of what the computer ‘thinks’ you want. Such an increase in ‘furlo’ could well be due to this…once you see the correct spelling, you stop there. Also, as for words like ‘lose–loose’ & many of the myriad of other misspellings & typos (such as ‘the’ instead of ‘then’ or ‘for’ instead of ‘form’), remember that spell-check does NOT read for context, only for spelling. You have to thoroughly mess up the word before it will catch the error–and drop-down/pop-up menus offering multiple suggestions are only as functionally useful as the person utilizing them :b
    My question is: what has happened to anyone (especially in media/news agencies) possessing decent proofreading skills?

  130. Chris L. -  December 29, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Hailing from a multilingual background, I can sympathize with the embarrassing, but understandable practice of misspelling. English is definitely not a phonetic language, adharwaaiz Aai’d bee tawking laaik dhis. My mom is a native speaker of Hindi and Gujarati, and she’d often find herself wrong in spelling words phonetically. For example, she’d spell apple, “apull,” subtle, “suddle,” and terrific, “tarifik.” Who’s to say misspellings of words are wrong? In defense of “perjudice” and adamit,” many people pronounce the word pretty as “perty,” so “perjudice” may follow the same linguistic pattern. I’ve also heard many people pronounce the word “adamant” as “adamit,” which explains its otherwise more phonetic rendering. Languages always evolve, so there’s no point in being a stickler about it.

  131. Henerfia -  December 28, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Found on a menu: Crispy Brussle Sprouts. What is a Brussle and why is it sprouting?

  132. Henerfia -  December 28, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    So glad I found this. Misspellings on signs irritate me! Who would pay a sign painter who couldn’t spell?

  133. Robbie Laws -  December 28, 2013 - 11:16 am

    If discrepancy means something wrong or different, would indiscrepancy then mean something correct or the same? My pet peeves are conversate and orientate. I’ve even heard kids saying disorientate! You CONVERSE to engage in conversation and you ORIENT or DISORIENT someone/thing. :)
    Thanks for letting me vent.

  134. Saj -  December 28, 2013 - 10:23 am

    How about those who use “than” instead of “then”?! Pet Peeve Alert!!!

  135. Gnirol -  December 28, 2013 - 10:09 am

    Teaching in Japan, one encounters a lot of interesting English mistakes. My favorite spelling error was on a vocabulary test in which one student filled in this blank: The trial was unfair because the judge was _____________. The student wrote “prejuiced”.

  136. Marty Richert -  December 28, 2013 - 9:44 am


  137. Piper -  December 28, 2013 - 8:25 am

    For the hierarchical one you said to sound it out. In England we sometimes pronounce our R’s very softly so that would not work for us.
    Love this info though!

  138. Leah -  December 28, 2013 - 3:43 am

    Now I want to know what a smoothie of perdition tastes like.

  139. Jennifer J. Johnson -  December 27, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    A boyfriend of mine made a bargain with me: Any auditory, olfactory or other perception encountered while the other is using the bathroom? This was hands-off for teasing or complaining.

    The bathroom is, he reasoned, just the place for that sort of thing, and thus, should be beyond reproach.

    To me, this concept of assessing “the most misspelled word” based on the number of tries presented to an online dictionary? Well, it is like finding a fart sound emitting from the closed walls of a bathrrom and the muffling bowels of the toilet bowl rude.

    We WANT people who misspell to get help. The insult is not in an attempt to be right. It is only when the failure is beyond the allegorical bathroom walls.

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  142. Donna -  December 22, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    I ran into a new one last night at a very upscale restaurant in Sedalia, CO – palette instead of palate – I pointed this out to them, but I’m not holding my breath that they’ll fix it.

  143. Renae Lindsay -  December 22, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    I was once called a looser, my response was: “you are absolutely right, I’ve always been a looser. You, however, are a loser.

  144. cantspellmyname -  December 22, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    …and the mobile phone 140 characters SMS limitation has had it’s fair share of contribution to general degrading of English and “misspellings innovation”….

  145. Cowbell Blues -  December 22, 2013 - 8:08 am

    As my Father would say, “Very instiresting” He also occassionally broke into singing an old commercial jingle for Oscar Meyer, “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Meyer wiener, then everyone would be in love with me!” It’s all in the reasoning, folks, it’s all in the reasoning. ;)

  146. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  December 22, 2013 - 6:36 am

    Huh. I don’t misspell those. Maybe reading “Pride and Prejudice” indelibly stamped the correct spelling of “prejudice” into my brain. :) The ones I have trouble with are “rhyme” and “rhythm.” (I was about to write “ryhthm”!) However, I thought “indict” was pronounced the way it’s spelled, until this afternoon. My mom, my younger brother, and I are reading “A Christmas Carol,” and we came across the word “indict.” My mom used to be an attorney, so she knew how to pronounce it.

    I am an avid reader (I’ve read Shakespeare and Jane Austen, fyi) and an avid Minecrafter. And I’m 13. I have never had trouble with spelling, except for “rhyme” and “rhythm” (see above comment).

  147. Ai Rui Sheng -  December 22, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Loose for lose is just dumb and the use of plural verbs with collective nouns is semi-literate at best.
    The beautiful language is being destroyed by DJ’s, bloggers, commentators and US software companies who supply spell checkers in non-standard dialects. Even newsreaders are barely literate.

  148. Karl -  December 21, 2013 - 7:39 pm

    My number one pet peeve is definitely ‘definately’. The number of presumably intelligent people who do this seems almost infinate, lol!

    • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 9:54 pm

      I expected it to be #1 on the list. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen “definitely” spelled correctly!

  149. Theresa Jones -  December 21, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am so glad that someone wrote about the dreaded misuse of the word orientate. It is one of my biggest pet peeves although I have no idea why :)

  150. Betty -  December 21, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Has anyone noticed how often (particularly on internet) very simple words are misspelled? One that I see very often is “loose” when the writer means “lose.” Maybe there’s a glitch in the IPhone autocorrect….

    • Jannie -  September 19, 2014 - 6:28 am

      If you type a misspelled word in Google, you will be surprised at the number of online instances there are for that word. Speaking of online misspelled words, I recently found a game where you get to correct words and get paid since typos are worth money. The site is http://TypoBounty.com and the membership is free. Basically, you go to sites and report their misspelled words and they pay you for them.

  151. Stephanie -  December 21, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    “Indiscrepancy” should definitely be a word. It sounds like a cross between “indiscreet” and “discrepancy”. Surely there are enough blatant inconsistencies to merit it’s own term for the phenomena.

    • Jeff -  April 11, 2015 - 10:04 pm

      “…it’s own term” S/B “its own term”
      “It’s” always means the contraction of “it is.”

      “…for the phenomena.” In context I’d guess you mean the singular form, “phenomenon.”

      Rough crowd. Best be on your toes.
      No offense, Steph. I just couldn’t resist :-(

  152. May Bird -  December 21, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Not to be rude, or anything. ;)

  153. tatjy -  December 21, 2013 - 11:00 am

    forgot “to” when they meant “too” and “loose” when they meant “lose”. seen lots of that lately

  154. May Bird -  December 21, 2013 - 10:59 am

    -Conversating instead of conversing. (Used more in speech).
    -Economical used incorrectly. (e.g: The political, social, and economical influences of the Second Great Awakening in the 19th century…)
    -Seperate instead of separate.
    -Irregardless rather than just ‘regardless’ (There was a Dictionary.com article on this too, though I don’t hear it often).
    -It’s/its instead of its/it’s (respectively).
    And these are just a few!

    P.S @Jim: done: (adj.) completed; finished; through
    So it can be used to indicate you’re finished with something. Oh, and it’s ‘frightening,’ not “freightening.”

  155. Jorginus -  December 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

    ‘Be not the first by whom the new is tried,
    Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.’
    Language lives through change–how about ‘thru’ for spelling of Chaucer’s time? And those double ‘nn’s from the ‘Frogs’?

  156. Victor -  December 21, 2013 - 1:01 am

    has anyone else heard of a ‘cockus’ meeting? LOL

    • Harry Potter -  October 7, 2016 - 9:17 am

      Never mind! 😇

  157. anonymous -  December 20, 2013 - 10:54 pm

    Honestly, I don’t think this list is very percise. Obviously, ametures made this since it isn’t very throrough and it displays no academic achievment. Not to be perjudice but this makes thing hierachical since it ranks people who can spell over people who can’t. I’d also like to indite the fact that this is a bit eary since it gives strange ways to remember how to spell these words. Sorry if I’m angry, i had to make an imagration from the hospital after my tonsilectomy which I’m still getting aquainted to. So to coat my argument in adamit, you must the writers must have infared vision because it is invisible on the spectrum of what I see is true.

  158. Varina Suellen Plonski -  December 20, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    Wabbajack’s word “orientate” is similar to my most vehemently hated pet peeve from the CorpSpeak world – “notate”. Hate it, hate it, HATE IT! You can annotate something, you can note something, and you can make a note of something, but the only thing you can notate is music, science, or math using their specific symbols. ARGH!

  159. Vad spellor -  December 20, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    I cen’t blive thet thay cen’t spall thoes werds

    • Krumm111 -  August 19, 2014 - 7:41 am

      I believe a grammar nazi committed suicide today

  160. Mary -  December 20, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    Migrant is not part of immigration.

  161. Angie -  December 20, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    LOL. I’m thinking about how anyone would define “indiscrepancy”!

  162. Kim -  December 20, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Looks like ‘frightened’ might also be misspelled often as ‘freightened’, but that’s just my own thought anyweigh.

  163. Carl on Duty: Black Cops -  December 20, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    I’m glad I’m realy good at englisch class. peeple are horrorble splellers somethimes. Espesialy my frend. 0.o

  164. Carl on Duty: Black Cops -  December 20, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    I’m glad I don’t missplell any words. I lerned Englicsh in hie skhool.

  165. Scott Burson -  December 20, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    One that has been bugging me a lot these last couple of years is the misspelling of the past tense and past participle of “to lead”. The correct spelling is “led”, but I’m frequently seeing it spelled “lead”, even in the work of professional writers. (One wrote “Many people have a need to be lead.” I was tempted to comment “Really? I have a need to be gold.”)

    It’s an understandable error, considering that the name of the soft, gray metal is spelled “lead” and pronounced identically to “led”. There’s also the fact that the past tense of “to read” rhymes with “led” but is spelled “read” — obviously, spelling it “red” would engender confusion. So, one could make a good case that the change from “led” to “lead” actually regularizes the language a little bit.

    I’m not prepared to adopt this new spelling myself, but I don’t think my opinion is likely to matter — in 20 years, this will probably be an accepted spelling if not the preferred one.

  166. Werd Findor -  December 20, 2013 - 10:38 am

    If I am uncertain of a correct word spelling, I’ll enter a deliberate or obvious mis-spelled version to see what comes up which puts a spin on these statistics.

  167. Cyberquill -  December 20, 2013 - 9:42 am

    “Furlow” is furrierspeak to indicate that stocks are low and new merchandise is to be ordered.

  168. Joe Menard -  December 20, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Wahts so Worng with mispeliing? Me Liike a bahd Garamar Lmao

  169. Tom -  December 20, 2013 - 8:40 am

    How about mayonnaise and vacuum!

  170. P&R Fan -  December 20, 2013 - 8:09 am

    Perdjuice. The story behind this word is that it’s a drink that I, Perd Hapley, make from fruit in my house.

  171. Jim -  December 20, 2013 - 7:55 am

    “Done” is frequently misused. It is used in place of “finished” and “through”. Are you through yet. Not are you done yet.”Scared” is another misused word. I am afraid or freightened, not i am scared. I am afraid to go into the haunted house. The monster that screamed scared me. At least this is my opinion.

    • michele -  October 4, 2014 - 6:24 am

      ***disclaimer alert*** I realize my spelling and comprehensive skills are good but my punctuation skills are terrible. When I would say something like I am “done” using the phone or the car or something like that my mother would always say ‘Michele a cake is what is ‘done’ what you are is “finished” using the phone or car.” Or what ever I was “done” with. just like my Australian friend would always correct me when I would say “I am going to “take” a bath to I am going to “have’ a bath as he would ask “where are you taking your bath to?”.

  172. Rickedy Rick -  December 20, 2013 - 7:53 am

    The worst has to be the incorrect verb usage of “your” for “you are”.

    For example, found on every internet forum ever, the reply: “Your wrong!”

  173. Don -  December 20, 2013 - 5:40 am

    Silhouette & schadenfreude — now there’s two worth looking up, often.

  174. Jon -  December 20, 2013 - 5:14 am

    These are so horrible! I learned English in high school and I can’t imagine how someone could misspell so badly, unless they are lysdexic.

    If reading books was as popular as playing video games, kids would have much less trouble with spelling.

  175. Ozan -  December 20, 2013 - 4:08 am

    Had a fun time reading this. It’s also nice to know that I have never made any of these mistakes.

  176. Wabbajack -  December 19, 2013 - 11:34 pm

    It’s like people saying “defiantly” instead of “definitely”. *facepalm* And when people decide that “to orientate” is more fun to say than “to orient”. Why, English speakers? Why?

  177. Malcolm Farr -  December 19, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    The best misspelling to have crossed my path this year was one which didn’t appear in writing at all, but was nonetheless clearly a (notional) misspelling deriving from a particular mispronunciation. And the word? “Mispronounciation!”


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