ESSAY WRITING: 176 MISSPELLINGS THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED

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Mispronunciation is a popular cause of misspelling. Once a word is mispronounced, error is inevitable.

The word ‘MISSPELLED’ itself could be mistakenly written as MISPELLED or MISPELD by students just by spelling the word as it sounds. Many tend to make these common mistakes because they are yet to master the difference between several similar words.

Some of the causes of misspelling are:

  1. Typographical errors: some of the errors listed may be due to mistyping rather than ignorance, for example “solider” for “soldier”, although these forms of errors rarely ever happen in handwritten text.
  2. Homophones: two (or more) differently spelled words with different meanings are homophones if they are nonetheless pronounced the same; e.g., “right”, “rite”, “wright”, and “write”; “read” (most tenses of verb) and “reed”; “read” (past, past participle) and “red”.
  3. Apostrophes: if this punctuation mark is not appropriately placed, it can cause errors. For example, if the singular is “book’s title” and the plural “books’ titles”, the latter can appear as “book’s”, or even “books’s”.
  4. Personal names: personal names and surnames may be pronounced like a standard English word, but with different spelling. A name like Garry could be spelt as Garri or Gary.
  5. Foreign writers: a misspelling might be made by someone used to a different spelling in another language; for example, “address” is translated “adresse” in French.
  6. Local language barrier: our local dialect or accent can play a trick on the way we pronounce sometimes. For example, someone from Ibadan may pronounce CHAIR as SHEER (no insult intended).

To achieve an error free essay, having a full grasps of homophones, apostrophes and taking time to spell check would work the magic.

Here is a list of commonly misspelled words:

  • absence – absense, absentse, abcense, absance
  • acceptable – acceptible
  • accidentally/accidently – accidentaly
  • accommodate – accomodate, acommodate
  • achieve – acheive
  • acknowledge – acknowlege, aknowledge
  • acquaintance – acquaintence, aquaintance
  • acquire – aquire, adquire
  • acquit – aquit
  • acreage – acrage, acerage
  • address – adress
  • adultery – adultary
  • advisable – adviseable, advizable
  • affect – effect
  • aggression – agression
  • aggressive – agressive
  • allegiance – allegaince, allegience, alegiance
  • almost – allmost
  • a lot – alot (must be two words), allot
  • amateur – amatuer, amature
  • annually – anually, annualy
  • apparent – apparant, aparent, apparrent, aparrent
  • arctic – artic
  • argument – arguement
  • atheist – athiest, athist
  • awful – awfull, aweful
    because – becuase
    becoming – becomeing
    beginning – begining
    believe – believe, belive
    buoy/buoyant – bouy/bouyant
    business – business, busyness, bizness
    calendar – calender
    camouflage – camoflage, camoflague
    category – catigory
    caught – cauhgt, caugt
    cemetery – cemetary, cematery
    changeable – changable
    chief – cheif, cheef
    colleague – collaegue, collegue
    column – colum
    committed – commited, comitted
    comparison – comparision, comparizin
    concede – conceed
    conscientious – consciencious
    conscious – concious, consious
    consensus – concensus
    deceive – decieve
    definite – definate, definit
    definitely – definitely, definately, defiantly
    desperate – desparate
    difference – diffrence
    dilemma – dilema
    disappoint – dissapoint
    disastrous – disasterous
    drunkenness – drunkeness
    dumbbell – dumbell
    embarrass – embarass
    equipment – equiptment
    exceed – excede
    exhilarate – exilerate
    extreme – extreem
    fascinating – facinating
    fiery – firey
    fluorescent – flourescent
    foreign – foriegn
    friend – freind
    fulfil – fullfil
    gauge – guage
    grateful – gratefull, greatful
    great – grate
    guarantee – garantee, garentee, guaranty
    guidance – guidence
    harass – harrass
    height – heighth, heigth
    hierarchy – heirarchy
    humorous – humerous
    hygiene – hygene, hygine, hiygeine, higeine, hygeine
    hypocrisy/hypocrite – hipocrit
  • ignorance – ignorence
  • imitate – immitate
    immediately – imediately
    indict – indite
    independent – independant
    indispensable – indispensible
    inoculate – innoculate
    intelligence – inteligence
    judgment – judgement
    kernel – kernal
    leisure – liesure
    liaison – liason
    library – libary, liberry
    license – licence, lisense
    lightning – lightening
    lose – loose
    maintenance – maintainance, maintnance
    medieval – medeval, medevil, mideval[
    millennium – millenium, milennium
    miniature – miniture
    minuscule – miniscule
    mischievous – mischievious, mischevous, mischevious
    misspell – mispell, misspel
    necessary – neccessary, necessery
    niece – neice
    neighbour – nieghbor
    noticeable – noticable
    occasion – occassion
    occasionally – occasionaly, occassionally
    occurrence – occurrance, occurence
    occurred – occured
    omission – ommision, omision
    original – orignal
    outrageous – outragous
    parliament – parliment
    perceive – percieve
    perseverance – perseverence
    personnel – personell, personel
    plagiarize – plagerize
    playwright – playright, playwrite
    possession – posession, possesion
    potatoes – potatos
    precede – preceed
    presence – presance
    principle – principal
    privilege – privelege, priviledge
    professor – professer
    protester – protestor
    promise – promiss
    pronunciation – pronounciation
    proof – prufe, proove
    prophecy (as noun) – prophesy
    publicly – publically
    quarantine – quarentine
    queue – que
    questionnaire – questionaire, questionnair
    readable – readible
    really – realy[1] receive – receive
    receipt – reciept
    recommend – recomend, reccommend
    referred – refered
    reference – referance, refrence
    relevant – relevent, revelant
    religious – religous, religius
    repetition – repitition
    restaurant – restarant, restaraunt
    rhyme – rime
    rhythm – rythm, rythem
    secretary – secratary, secretery
    seize – sieze
    separate – seperate
    sergeant – sargent
    similar – similer
    skilful – skilfull
    speech – speach, speeche
    successful – succesful, successfull, sucessful
    supersede – supercede
    surprise – suprise, surprise
  • their – there, they’re
    tomatoes – tomatos
    tomorrow – tommorow, tommorrow
    twelfth – twelveth
    tyranny – tyrany
    underrate – underate
    until – untill
    upholstery – upholstry
    usable/useable – usible
    vacuum – vaccuum, vaccum, vacume
    vehicle – vehical
    vicious – visious
    weather – wether, whether
    weird – wierd
    welfare – wellfare, welfair
    whether – wether
    wilful – wilfull
    withhold – withold
    writing – writting, writeing

In conclusion, some of these words might be really confusing but as the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’. With time, you will get familiar with those disparities in words and become a pro at their identification and usage.

Read anything worthy of note, take notes, recall and memorise and finally, USE THEM; this is the only way to be good at it.

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