Commonly Misspelled Words

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Spelling is a challenge, especially when it comes to these commonly misspelled words. With the list below you can make your own flashcards to help you get the spelling right.

Spelling

The English language is unique with weird rules like 'I before E, except after C' and so on. The rules like in most things in life are broken for different words, making some words that much more challenging. Below is a list of the most commonly misspelled words. Additionally, there are words included that are hot buttons for SAT's and ACT's.

Commonly Misspelled Word List

absence

accidentally

accommodate

accumulate

achievement

acquaintance

acquire

acquitted

advice

advise

amateur

among

analysis

annual

apartment

apparatus

apparent

appearance

approximately

arctic

arguing

argument

arithmetic

ascend

athletic

attendance

balance

battalion

beginning

belief

believe

beneficial

benefited

boundaries

Britain

business

calendar

candidate

category

cemetery

changeable

changing

choose

chose

coming

commission

committee

comparative

compelled

conceivable

conferred

conscience

conscientious

conscious

control

controversial

controversy

criticize

deferred

definitely

definition

describe

description

desperate

dictionary

dining

disappearance

disappoint

disastrous

discipline

dissatisfied

dormitory

effect

eighth

eligible

eliminate

embarrass

eminent

encouragement

encouraging

environment

equipped

especially

exaggerate

excellence

exhilarate

existence

existent

experience

explanation

familiar

fascinate

February

fiery

foreign

formerly

forty

fourth

frantically

generally

government

gradually

grammar

grandeur

grievous

height

heroes

hindrance

hoping

humorous

hypocrisy

hypocrite

immediately

incidentally

incredible

independence

inevitable

intellectual

intelligence

interesting

irresistible

knowledge

laboratory

laid

led

lightning

loneliness

lose

losing

maintenance

maneuver

manufacture

marriage

mathematics

maybe

mere

miniature

mischievous

mysterious

necessary

Negroes

ninety

noticeable

occasionally

occurred

occurrence

omitted

opinion

opportunity

optimistic

paid

parallel

paralysis

paralyze

particular

pastime

performance

permissible

perseverance

personal

personnel

perspiration

physical

picnicking

possession

possibility

possible

possibly

practically

precede

precedence

preference

preferred

prejudice

preparation

prevalent

principal

principle

privilege

probably

procedure

proceed

profession

professor

prominent

pronunciation

pursue

quantity

queue

quizzes

recede

receive

receiving

recommend

reference

referring

repetition

restaurant

rhyme

rhythm

ridiculous

sacrifice

sacrilegious

salary

schedule

seize

sense

separate

separation

sergeant

severely

shining

similar

sincerely

sophomore

specifically

specimen

statue

studying

succeed

succession

surprise

technique

temperamental

tendency

there

they're

their

tragedy

transferring

tries

truly

tyranny

unanimous

undoubtedly

unnecessary

until

usually

village

villain

weather

weird

whether

woman

women

Test Words

abhor

accolade

acrid

acquiesce

blasphemy

bourgeois

credulous

enfranchise

engender

ensconce

enunciation

epitomized

harangue

harbingers

histrionic

knotty

laceration

labyrinth

noxious

nuance

obfuscate

oblivious

obsequious

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