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MM: Misspellings

MM: Misspellings


This one has to be a quickie, today, so I’m just going to give you a list of some commonly misspelled words to remind you what they should be. (American spellings, just in case.)

  • Absence
  • Accommodate
  • Commitment
  • Completely
  • Definitely (My favorite memory-device for this word? It’s got “finite” right in the middle, and there’s no “a” in finite.)
  • Environment
  • Exaggerate
  • Government
  • Indispensable
  • Misspell (ironic, that!)
  • Parallel
  • Privilege
  • Separately
  • Vacuum

8 thoughts on “MM: Misspellings

  1. Lillie Ammann

    My bugbear is occasion—2 c’s and 1 s or vice versa? Accommodate always make me stop and think as well. I have a client who always spells accessible as assessable, but she pronounces it that way also.

    Lillie Ammann’s last blog post..Welcome back, Joanna!

  2. Karen Swim

    Like Lillie I always find myself uncertain whenever I write accommodate. I had a client recently who spelled sense as s-e-n-c-e. I suppose when you consider that we spell essence that way rather than “essense” it can be confusing to some.

  3. --Deb

    You know, I read somewhere once that the QWERTY keyboard was not, in fact, designed for speedy typing, but actually to slow typists DOWN because the old, manual typewriters, with the arm that would fling up to type on the page, would jam if you sent letters that were too close together, too quickly.

    Of course, I don’t know how TRUE that story is, but!

    –Deb’s last blog post..Got Grammar Questions?

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