What are those words that you can NEVER spell correctly

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Bostonfan, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Bostonfan

    Bostonfan Well-Known Member

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    There are certain words that I can't spell correctly the first time no matter how hard I try. I still hesitate over "tomorrow". For some reason I always want to do two "m"'s and one "r". And forget about "subpoena" (which I literally just had to check now). I always screw that one up! It must be a mental block of some kind.

    What words trip you up?
     
  2. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    embarrassed always looks like it has 2 many Rs to me
     
  3. misskarne

    misskarne #408

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    "the".

    Not a word of a lie, it almost always comes out "teh".

    Also another vote for embarrassed, viscious, and for some reason short always looks shonky to me.
     
  4. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow dancing

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    Religion. For some reason, I always want to put an extra e in there.

    Another one is sheriff. My first instinct is to use two r's.
     
  5. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

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    Occasion. It always comes out as 'ocassion'.
     
  6. mkats

    mkats New Member

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    Judgment (always want to put an e in there after Judg), maneuver (always want to flip the u and the e for some reason).

    I'm always amused when people spell "definitely" as "defiantly". I was reading one of my favorite blogs and the author was talking about starting a new page, and one of her regular commentators said "oh, I will DEFIANTLY follow that too!" :lol:
     
  7. snowbird

    snowbird Active Member

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    There's no such word as viscious, misskarne.
     
  8. quartz

    quartz the moment is a masterpiece

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    Attach - I always spell it attatch.
    and my own name, but its a typo....I am Judi but I often end up hitting the o as well so it comes out a Judio.
     
  9. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    accomodate... always forget the 2nd m
     
  10. Cachoo

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    separate.....I always substitute an e for the first a....
     
  11. Bostonfan

    Bostonfan Well-Known Member

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    YES! I do that too. It looks odd without the "e" frankly.

    And one more that always trips me up: "vacuum". I always want to spell it "vacume"
     
  12. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

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    "Judgement" is actually also correct, it's just a matter of style preference -- and with the trend toward less is more (and eliminating words altogether in favour of abbreviations), judgment without the extra e tends to be far more popular. Likewise acknowledgment / acknowledgement.

    The word that trips me up the most for spelling is "unnecessary" -- how many ns, cs, and ss.

    But the word that trips me up the most for typing is strengthen. I seriously can never type that one correctly the first try!
     
  13. Badams

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    Definitely. I struggle with that word always. Definitely. I try to practice it. It has't helped yet. Definitely.
     
  14. Spazactaz

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    independent? i always want to end with ant lol.
     
  15. Reuven

    Reuven Official FSU Alte Kacher

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    “restaurant” is my nemisis.....ALWAYS have to spell-check it. :duh:
     
  16. liv

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    Maintenance and definitely. I want to write maintainance since you are maintaining something, and definately....just because.
     
  17. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    I find it ironic asking about words that people have trouble spelling because they have to write them out :)

    Years ago when I was job hunting with agencies they would give you spelling tests. I don't know about anyone else, but you would look at the list of words and then pretty much convince yourself that they were all spelt wrong because they just didn't look right. Even the ones that were correct.
     
  18. barbk

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    Hands down (or perhaps in this case, pants down): diarrhea. Followed closely by pneumonia. And it isn't just me -- many years ago I worked in IT for a healthcare company that had a lot of phone reps, and they finally got smart and put all the common misspellings of those words into the system so that it didn't matter.

    For me personally: liaison. Got to look it up every single time.

    And you're absolutely right on the spelling tests, Aussie Willy -- and their correlation with actual spelling ability is not very good.
     
  19. Susan1

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    From a spellaholic - the way to remember occasion is that it has the same cc's as occur!!

    I took shorthand many moons ago and you don't "spell" words, you write symbols for the sounds. ("Susan" uses the symbols for ess-oo-ess-n). Made me almost forget how to spell for awhile. One lesson I always remember on Cs and Ms is recommend, accumulate, accommodate. (I love spelling.)
     
  20. Susan1

    Susan1 Active Member

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    I always got 100% on those, but yeah, it did make you doubt what you were seeing.
     
  21. OliviaPug

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    Rhythm and Arrhythmia.

    Did I spell them right? LOL!

    O-
     
  22. AnnieBgood

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    Psychiatrist. Any word starting with "psy", I want to put an h in front of the p.
     
  23. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    If you spell it "definately" the first word spellcheck burps up is "defiantly." Which is why I tell my students not to rely on spellcheck.
     
  24. beepbeep

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    ability

    The word in portuguese is written with an 'h' (habilidade), and I always have to check.
    This one is biggest nemesis, given that English is my second language, and spell check is my best friend.
     
  25. KatieC

    KatieC Going in circles

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    I don't spell them wrong when writing, but when typing, send and sent often get mixed up. Most annoying to go back and see the mistake. Vacuum sometimes gets vaccum instead.
     
  26. leesaleesa

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    Texes. Hint: It's a state. Hemmerhoids. Not that I have to spell it often, but I need it for a blog entry about Courtney Love.
     
  27. Fridge_Break

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    "Receive" or "receiving"... yeah yeah yeah, i before e except after c... never think of that when I am writing it out!
     
  28. Bunny Hop

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    Believe it or not, my nemesis word is across. Always want to add an extra 'c'.

    Accommodation always gives me problems as well.
     
  29. Japanfan

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    bourgeoisie, anesthesiologist, Afghanistan (got the first one right away, the other took multiple tries)
     
  30. misskarne

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    *facepalm* My point exactly.

    You know, viscious? Er, vicious? Rawr?