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Friday, August 24, 2012

100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English - The Plain Language Programme

This list originally appeared at Your Dictionary.com. There, the introduction says:
Here are the 100 words most commonly misspelled ('misspell' is one of them). Dr. Language has provided a one-stop cure for all your spelling ills. Each word has a mnemonic pill with it and, if you swallow it, it will help you to remember how to spell the word. Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spend searching dictionaries by 50%.
It includes advice like this:
accommodate - Remember, this word is large enough to accommodate both a double "c" AND a double "m."
indispensable - Knowing that this word ends on -able is indispensable to good writing.
memento - Why would something to remind of you of a moment be spelled "memento?" Well, it is.
rhythm - This one was borrowed from Greek (and conveniently never returned) so it is spelled the way we spell words borrowed from Greek and conveniently never returned.
weird - It is weird having to repeat this rule so many times: [i] before [e] except after...? (It isn't [w]!)
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This article is featured today (Aug. 24) at Garbl's Plain English Paragraphs--available at the Plain Language tab above and by free email subscription.


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