Or, perhaps a better question to ask these days is “Will you ever need to spell these words?” Spell Check won’t catch you if you make a mistake with your and you’re or its and it’s, but it will alert you if a word is just plain spelled incorrectly–as long as it is close enough for Spell Check to recognize. And since hardly anyone is ever away from a smart device of some type–whether it be a tablet, a phone, or a laptop/desktop–is there any reason to even learn how to spell correctly anymore? Since we spend most of our time in places other than in dark caves, on top of mountains, and under rocks, where there may be no Internet access, is learning how to spell obsolete? Is it now in the category of typewriters and cursive?
Well, I asked you the question; I don’t really have the answer. However, some people think spelling is important enough to still have national spelling bees, so perhaps spelling will become a novelty talent like juggling or yodeling.
All that aside, there are words that are tough to spell. I consider myself a good speller, but there are some common words that I tend to avoid because I can’t spell them. Here are some commonly misspelled words:
1. Probably the granddaddy of them all is accommodate. I don’t have any trouble with this one. It is really pretty easy. All you have to remember is that there are two cc’s, two mm‘s, and two o‘s!
2. Sometimes people misspell misspell! Is that one s or two?? Easy one. One s goes with the prefix mis, which means wrong. The other s goes with the spell!
3. I used to be embarrassed that I couldn’t seem to spell embarrass! One r or two, I would ask myself! I have finally learned. Two r’s and two s‘s.
4. Some people get the vowels mixed up in relevant and spell it relavent.
5. Both conscience and conscious are confusing! Conscience (the one that can be guilty) has science at the end. Conscious (the one for which you might need coffee)–well, I have no hints for that one (sorry).
6. Believe is probably less confusing that it used to be. First of all, it does follow the rule of “i before e except after c.” You can also remember to never believe a lie, and you will get the ie correct.
7. What is with the word definitely, and why can’t any of my students spell it? It either comes out as defiantly or definately. It seems as though there is always an errant a in there somewhere!
8. Questionnaire is a tough one for me. I can never remember is there is one n or two! And while we are at it, if you ask me, I won’t be able to spell millionaire/millionnaire either! So which one is it, anyway? (Oh, Spell Check tells me it has one n. So why does questionnaire have two?)
9. Harass is kind of like embarrass. Are there two r’s or just one? Turns out that in harass, there is just one. Isn’t there?
10. The tenth one is tough to pick, because there are so many to choose from! I will let you choose. Which of these words do you think is toughest to spell? Or, if you have trouble with yet another word, let me know in the comments!
discipline? cemetery? guarantee? category? maintenance? minuscule? privilege? restaurant? rhythm? separate? license? noticeable? occurrence?