Today we will talk about spelling. How is your spelling? Is it very good, okay, not bad, or is it downright terrible? Are you embarrassed by your poor spelling? Do you use a dictionary or online dictionary?
The chances are you’ll use a spellchecker on your computer to help you with any words you are not sure about. Whilst this is not such a bad thing what would you do without it?
Category: English / Spelling / Survey
The most commonly misspelled words in English were recently published. A survey of 3,500 Britons by the market research company www.OnePoll.com discovered that ‘Separate’ is the most commonly misspelt word in the English language. The eight-letter word came top due to regular placing of an ‘e’ where the first ‘a’ sits. Second in the list was ‘definitely’, which often falls victim to a string of mistakes including mixing up the second ‘i’ with an ‘a’.
Another common error is dropping the final ‘e’. ‘Manoeuvre’, which is problematic due to the unusual combination of ‘oe’ and ‘u’, came third and ‘embarrass’, in which an ‘r’ or an ‘s’ often falls by the wayside, was fourth. ‘Occurrence’ emerged as the fifth most commonly misspelled word due to confusion over the double ‘c’ and double ‘r’. Words just outside the top 20 include ‘calendar’, ‘pigeon’ and ‘changeable’.
Category: English Language / Survey / Spelling