The 10 Most Misspelled Words

Do you know that definitely is the most misspelled word in the English language?

Until I ran across an article in the Daily Record, a U.K. publication, about the ten most common spelling blunders, I never knew that definitely is the most misspelled word. And that word surprised me. Unlike many others, definitely seems a rather simple word and it’s hard to understand why so many people have trouble with it. It seems that a lot of them misspell it definately.

I was not surprised by the second place word, sacrilegious. That’s a more difficult word and is often misspelled as sacreligious.

The Daily Record reported on the ten most misspelled words recently, based on findings by OnePoll, a UK market research firm. The story also received widespread coverage in the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, all U.K. publications, and has since been picked up and reported around the world.

The research also found that 57 percent of people judge others on their spelling.

Here are the other eight most misspelled words, as reported by the Daily Record:

3. Indict, which is often written indite.

4. Manoeuvre (that’s the British spelling; in the U.S., it is usually written as Maneuver).

5. Bureaucracy.

6. The much-maligned vegetable, Broccoli.

7. Phlegm.

8. Prejudice.

9. Consensus.

10. Unnecessary.

I’ve always been lucky that I’m a fairly good speller, but I still have to check the dictionary every time I need to use words like consensus and sacrilegious. Do any of these words trip you up?

© 2009 by Laverne Daley

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