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102 Frequently Misspelled Words

102 frequently misspelled words

What are your most frequently misspelled words? Every writer, of almost every age, has some. 

We've compiled our own list of most frequently misspelled words, based on several reference books and our own experiences. To keep our list relatively short, we've included the words you're most likely to use in everyday writing.

because misspelled - crossed out

Also, we've include just one form of several troublesome words. For example, we included recommend, but not recommended, recommending, and recommendation. Check our our quick quiz just below this list.

Printable list of our 102 Frequently Misspelled Words

absence excellent pneumonia
accidentally excitement possess
accommodate experience practically
achieve familiar preferred
acquaintance fascinate privilege
against favorite probably
a lot February raspberry
already finally realize
argument foreign receive
attendance friend recommend
because government remember
beginning grammar restaurant
believe guarantee rhythm
business height ridiculous
calendar immediately schedule
cemetery independent scissors
chief instead separate
committee interrupt similar
conscience judgment sincerely
convenience leisure straight
courageous library strengthen
criticize lightning studying
decision lonely summarize
definitely lying surprise
desperately millionaire thorough
dictionary mischievous tomorrow
different necessary truly
disease niece until
doesn't noticeable vacuum
embarrass occasion vegetable
enough occurred Wednesday
environment opposite weight
especially particular weird
exaggerate physical yacht

Quick Quiz:

Which of these words are spelled incorrectly? Do you know how
to fix them?

pointed ink pen writing in cursive on paper

1. superintendant
2. aquire
3. counterfiet
4. equiped
5. labortory

Scroll down for the answers.

Helpful Resources

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Spelling Quizzes from the Evening News - Four fun spelling exercises. Can your students find and correct all the mistakes in these news reports? Many of the misspelled words appear on the list above.

Spelling Lessons - See our collection of tips and explanations, including help on spelling numbers!

Many of the most misspelled words in English are actually mistakes made with homonyms. See our lists and explanations of 50 sets of homonyms:

Troublesome Homonyms Explained, Part 1:  Improve spelling skills by choosing the correct homonym. Will this man's fare be fair? Do you know how to use its and it's? What about  past and passed or capital and capitol? There's bound to be something here you need to review or learn!  Definitions and examples included for homonyms beginning with A - P.  Free printable list.  

Troublesome homonyms Explained, Part 2:  If your/you’re ever to/too/two confused to use the correct homonym, print out this free, handy reference tool! This list features homonyms for the remainder of the alphabet, beginning with P - Y.

Other Lists of Frequently Misspelled Words

Tricky Elementary Spelling Words - Students in grades 2-5 sometimes need extra practice with these 100 common words.

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Difficult English Spelling Words - Our list of 285 words spelled with IE and EI . Use this list to learn and practice the words you use most. Expand your skills and vocabulary with words you don't know. Use our free Step by Step spelling lesson plans to learn more about mastering these words.

Spelling Demons - Sometimes the words that trip us up are those that are easily-confused with other words, like desert/dessert and allusion/illusion. Master this list to improve your spelling skills.

Quick Quiz Answers:

All five are misspelled. Here are the correct spellings:
1. superintendent   2. acquire  3. counterfeit  4. equipped  5. laboratory


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