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Word Wednesday: Commonly Misspelled Words

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Time to be erudite and master the orthography of some of these commonly misspelled words. (Yes, ‘Misspell’ is one of them!)

Accidentally
Accommodate
Affect

A lot
Amateur
Apparent
Argument
Atheist
Belief
Believe
Calendar
Category
Cemetery 
Collectible
Column
Committed
Conscience
Conscientious
Conscious
Consensus
Daiquiri
Disappear
Discipline 
Effect
Embarrass

Exhilarate
Exceed
Existence
Experience 
February
Fiery

Foreign *
Forty
Fourth 
Gauge
General
Grammar
Grateful
Guarantee
 
Harass
Height
Hierarchy
Hors-d’oeuvre
Humorous
Hypocrisy
Hypocrite
Ignorance
Immediate
Independent
Indispensable
Intelligence
Its / It’s *
Jewelry
Judgment
Kindergarten
Knowledge
Leisure
Liaison
Library
License

Lightning *
Maintenance
Maneuver
Medieval
Memento
Millennium
Miniature
Minuscule
Mischievous
Mispell  Misspell *
Neighbor
Noticeable 
Occasion
Occasionally
Occurrence 
Parallel
Parliament
Perseverance
Personnel
Pigeon
Playwright *
Possession
Precede
Preferable
Prejudice
Principal/ Principle *
Privilege

Pronounciation
Quarantine
Queue *
Quiet
Quite
Questionnaire 
Receive
Recommend
Relevant
Religious
Restaurant
Ridiculous
Rhythm
Schedule
Scissors
Seize
Separate
Sergeant
Supercede
Their/ There/ They’re
Twelfth 
Vacuum
Vicious
Villain
Weather
Weird
Whether
   

*Notes*

Foreign: Like ‘believe’ and ‘weird’, one of several words that violate the i-before-e rule.

Its / It’s: The apostrophe marks a contraction of “it is.”

Lightning: not to be confused with Lightening

 Mispell Misspell: What is more embarrassing than to misspell the name of the problem? Just remember that it is mis + spell and that will spell you the worry about spelling “misspell.”

Playwright: Remember that a play writer in Old English was called a “play worker” and “wright” is from an old form of “work” (wrought iron, etc.)

Principal / Principle: The spelling principle to remember here is that the school principal is a prince and a pal (despite appearances)–and the same applies to anything of foremost importance, such as a principal principle. A “principle” is a rule.

Queue: Means to be in line, so just remember there are 2 -ue’s in line behind q.

 

 

 

 

 

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