Commonly Misspelled Words
by Nikki Ballard
A quickstart Web guide by the Mississippi Arts AllianceWith all the spelling aids used today, it's easy to lose sight of those simple spelling rules and helpful tips we learned in grade school. Along with the invention of spell check and it's addition to text software, instant messaging services, email and even cell phones has come an inattention to common misspellings. Why should we pay attention if a computer will fix our mistakes? Well, because, spelling is still a fundamental part of life and the tricks used to aid in spelling are the same ones Ms. Beasley taught you in second grade. Using mnemonic devices, like acronyms, can help insure you spell "definitely" right every time. Mnemonic devices are are tools that assist in memory and are used for many schools of study, such as math, biology, and, you guessed it, spelling. There's even a mnemonic device for spelling mnemonic: Mnemonics Now Erase Man's Oldest Nemesis, Insufficient Cerebral Storage.
the next time you forget whether to use here or hear,
remember you hear with your ear. Don't let modern technology steal
those valuable spelling lessons, one day you might find yourself, heaven
forbid, without spell check.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter A|
Commonly Misspelled Words
by Nikki Ballard
-|- no need to abbreviate this word, 2 B's everytime.
absurd -|- don't be absurd, spell
this word with a U.
abundance -|- Remember, an
abundance of A's when trying to think of the ending of this
accidentally -|- To prevent
an accident on the field, you need an ally on your team.
accompanying -|- There are 2
C's accompanying this word.
-|- according to spelling rules, this word keeps both C's when adding
achieve -|- To achieve spelling
success, you must simply remember this word follows the "-i before
-e" rule....kind of.
acknowledge -|- To acknowledge
this word's spelling, you must have previous knowledge.
acquit -|- The AC quit.
advice -|- I would advise you
be careful giving out too much advice.
aggravate -|- Don't let this
word aggravate you, use the first letter of each word: A Good
Girl Rarely Aggravates Visitors At
airplane -|- This one is simple.
Where do planes fly? In the air. Air + Plane = airplane.
address -|- Please add
affect -|- affect/effect:
Use the word RAVEN to remember when to use "affect" versus "effect".
affect can be a noun, and effect a
verb, but they are very rarely used that way. see affect vs. effect
aggression -|- >>>
Remember, the G's and S's are so aggressive they each
alcohol -|- Drink a
large cold orange juice for a cold, not
allege -|- Don't jump off a
ledge trying to spell this word, just remember you need 2 L's and an
-ege to allege something.
a lot -|- It's always 2 words,
so don't allot a lot of time and energy worrying.
allot -|- It's always 1 word
with 2 L's, so, again, don't allot a lot of time and energy worrying.
amateur -|- Be mature, it isn't
spelled how it sounds; use the french suffic -eur to move past
amend -|- Don't amend
this word. It's spelled with one m every time.
apparent -|- A parent must always
pay the rent and you must always remember 2 P's and -rent when
argument -|- Argue will always
lose an 'e' in an argument.
arithmetic -|- A Rat
In The House May Eat The Ice
average -|- Age is more
than just a number in average.
absence -|- from the root word absent,
in order to make absent a noun, you must drop the –t and add -ce
accommodate -|- Remember, to accommodate
this word, you'll need 2 C's, M's and O's.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter B|
babies -|- this word follows the plural
rule for words ending in –y. Once baby is made plural, you drop the
–y and add –ies, babies.
bachelor -|- Unlike the word ‘batch',
bachelor doesn't use the –t to create the same effect.
balance -|- No tricks here, just
remember there's an –a in the middle to balance the bal-
and the –nce.
balloon -|- Imagine the two O's in
this word are balloons holding the ball away
from the –n.
bankruptcy -|- This word is spelled
pretty much how it sounds, just don't forget the –p before the –t.
barbarous -|- Easy easy. Barbarous
repeats the –bar twice and then adds the suffix- ous.
barbecue -|- Although often spelling
Bar-B-Q or even barbeque (which would sound similar to unique), this
word is spelled pretty much how it sounds with a –cue to achieve the
"kyoo" sound at the end.
bare -|- A bear without fur would be
a bare bear.
becoming -|- As with most words, when
adding an -ing, you drop the -e.
bicycle -|- The short version of this
word may be bike with a -k, but this word is spelled closer to it's
origin: bi- meaning 2 and cycle, wheels.
biscuit -|- Breakfast Is
Semi-Complete Unless I Taste biscuits.
bureau -|- Bureaus Usually
Require Energy And Understanding
beautiful -|- Split it up into 2 words
to remember it, b-e-a-u - tiful or try this bare elegant
arms are usually beautiful.
because -|- Big Elephants
Can Always Understand Small Elephants
or If you are going to fight, it should be for a cause.
beginning -|- Beg at the Inn
belief -|- You must truly believe to
call it a belief. -- Both belief and believe follow the -i before -e
believe -|- There's always a lie in
business -|- Be environmentally aware
and a better speller and remember to always take the bus to your
bellwether -|- Regardless of how it
sounds, bellwether actually has nothing to do with the weather, it's
actually a type of Ram.
bookkeeper -|- Bookkeeper's
take care of the numbers, but when it comes to spelling always remember
there are 2 O's, 2 K's, and 2 E's all in a row.
burglar -|- If you experience a burglary
at you house, just take off the -y to find the burglar.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter C|
calm -|- Stay calm, this word is just
like clam except you reverse the L and the A.
campaign -|- A rough campaign may cause
pain but it isn't spelled that way. IF it helps, split it up. Camp +
chaos -|- The only thing to remember
about this word is the -ch makes a "k" sound, but the rest
is just like it sounds.
casualties -|- While there is nothing casual about the meaning of this word, the spelling is simple, the word ‘casual' + the word ‘ties'
ceiling -|- No need to be confused,
this word follows the ‘-i before -e rule'.
celebrity -|- Celebs do lots of charity.
The end of charity and celebrity are the same.
cellophane -|- It may sound like there's
an –s and an –f in this word, but it starts with a –c with a –ph
thrown in the center.
chief -|- Your chief concern with this
word, should be remembering it follows the ‘-i before –e rule'.
children -|- The plural of child, children
simply adds an –ren to show there's more than one.
chili -|- Chili, not to be confused
with chilly, is a food and is spelled with 2 I's and one l.
choose -|- Choose rhymes with lose,
but it's spelled like loose.
clothes -|- Clothing Labels
Often Tell Humans Exactly where to Shop.
concede -|- No tricks here, you must
simply memorize the suffix of this word. Remember, 2 c's and 2 e's.
calendar -|- If you need to know the
date you can check the calendar, but to spell it you must remember there's
an -e between 2 A's.
camouflage -|- Camo may keep you hidden,
but you can't camouflage the -u when you spell this word.
cantaloupe -|- Don't let this fruit
throw you for a loop, the end may sound like -lope, but just like fruit
it's spelled with a -u, cantaloupe.
caribbean -|- No matter how you say
it, this word always has 1 r and 2 B's.
category -|- it isn't a catastrophe
to spell category with two as, but it is pretty bad.
cemetery -|- Don't let the spelling
of this word bury you, just remember cemetery has
changeable -|- You don't have to change
a thing, just add an -able.
collectible -|- This word does not collect
A's, it's an -ible word.
colonel -|- They may sound the same,
but you eat a kernel of corn and you respect a colonel in the army.
column -|- No tricks here, the N is
silent, but always there.
committed -|- Be committed
when spelling this word, 2 M's and 2 T's when you add the -ed.
committee -|- A committee
has many folks and the word has a lot of doubles, 2 M's, 2 T's, and
conscience -|- Don't let spelling this
word weigh on your conscience, it's just con + science
conscientious -|- Be a conscientious
speller, remember the "sh" sound is made two ways in this
word: "sc" and "ti"
conscious -|- If you get all the vowels
in the ending correct, i-o-u a congratulations.
consensus -|- Consensus doesn't take
a census, so we spell them differently.
controversy -|- There shouldn't be
any controversy over the spelling of this word, it's just like it sounds
coolly -|- If you want to spell this
word coolly, don't omit an L.
commitment -|- This word is simple,
just remember keep the 2 m's in commit and just add the suffix –ment.
criticize -|- It may sound like the
word ‘size' is in there, but don't be fooled. To spell this word,
simply add the –ize to the root word ‘critic'.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter D|
dalmatian -|- Dalmatians
are covered in spots, and this word is spotted in A's.
dealt -|- The dealer dealt
debater -|- There's no debating,
this word has no O's. It's the verb debate with an –r on the end
to make it a noun.
debt -|- The –b is silent like the
–t in mortgage.
Decaffeinated -|- Oh the English language,
making and breaking rules. This word does not follow the –i before
–e rule, so you must simply remember 2 F's followed by an –ei.
decathlon -|- the prefix deca- means
10 and that's the only –a in the word.
defendant -|- a defendant muse be defended.
To remember the suffix –ant, just break the word apart: defend + ant
desirable -|- Abs are desirable.
doubt -|- There's no doubt, the –b
in this word is just as silent as in debt.
disease -|- Spell disease with
discreet -|- The e's in this word
are not discreet, the are doubled.
disastrous -|- Disastrous comes from
the word disaster, and to avoid one, you drop the –e, move the r over
and add an –ous.
deceive -|- This word won't deceive
you, it follows the rule"i before e except after c"
definite -|- This word definitely takes
an -ite everywhere it goes.
desert -|- The desert is
desperate -|- Perhaps you will
learn to spell desperate.
dessert -|- Desserts are
sweet stuff and Strawberry Shortcake.
deterrence -|- Don't like the end of
this word deter you, add an -r and keep the e theme, deterrence.
disappoint -|- Don't disappoint
your proud papa.
discipline -|- With a little discipline,
you will remember to add a -c after the -s.
drunkenness -|- Alcohol in excess causes
drunkenness, there is an excess of of N's and S's in this
dumbbell -|- Don't be a dumbbell, 1
word, 2 B's.
definitely -|- This
word definitely takes an -ite everywhere it goes.
dependent -|- Spelling this word is
easy, there are no A's, only E's; so keep that –ent ending every
develop -|- The only tricky thing about
spelling ‘develop' is remember the –o make a short –u sound.
Otherwise, it's spelled like it sounds. Break it up: de- vel- op
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter E|
echoes -|- like potato and tomato,
echo adds an –e when it's plural.
ecstasy -|- It may sound as though
there is an –x in this word but the x sound is made by -ecst
eighth -|- eight plus an –h.
eligible -|- I am eligible. Remember
the I's in this word.
emphasize -|- Let me emphasize this,
there is no F in this word.
encyclopedia -|- Break this word down
to it's roots: En – Cyclo -Pedia
endurance -|- Don't just endure this
word, spell it. Drop the –e in endure and add the –ance.
enough -|- To spell enough isn't
tough. Use the –ough to create the "uff" sound.
environment -|- En – viro – n-
espresso -|- Espresso is
especially good at waking you up.
excitement -|- excite + ment
extremely -|- extreme + ly
embarrass -|- Every Mother's Boy Acts
Rather Rudely After Soccer Sturdays
embarrass -|- She was rosy
red with severe shame.
equipment -|- This word has enough
equipment, so don't add a -t after the -p.
exceed -|- All you have to remember
for this word is the ending: -ceed
exhilarate -|- Remembering the -h and
2 A's will exhilarate you.
existence -|- There is no word like
this one in existence spelled with an -a.
experience -|- Keep you experience
with this word simple, it's all E's: experience.
extraordinary -|- This word is extraordinary,
it's 2 words combined: extra + ordinary
extreme -|- The only extreme thing
about this word is all the E's.
especially -|- The middle of this word
is special, so to make it especially, just add an –e to the front
and an –ly to the end.
exaggerate -|- This words is easiest
if broken up, but remember there are 2 g's. ex-agg-er-ate
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter F|
familiar -|- Family is familiar.
feminine -|- femi- means woman. Femi
finally -|- final + ly
first -|- First Is
Right before Second & Third.
flexible -|- I am flexible.
forehead -|- Your neck comes before
foresee -|- foresee means to see something
before it happens. Fore + see
forward -|- for + ward – the vowel
+ -r combinations may sound the same, but one is spelled with an –or
and the other is an –ar.
fundamental -|- spelling is fun
february -|- February is cold,
fiery -|- The -y in this word is so
Fiery, the -e hid behind the -r.
foreign -|- If the -i before -e rule
were a country, this word would be foreign.
forty -|- Four can't wait to turn fourteen,
be she'll never be forty.
friend -|- You wouldn't want a fiend
for a friend, remember how you r.
fulfill -|- You may fill things full
but you won't need as many L's to fulfill the spelling
of this word.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter G|
generally -|- general + ly
genius -|- Geniuses Eat
Noodles In Unusual Spaces.
genre -|- Generally Entertainers
Need Radio Exposure
genuine -|- genu + ine
gesture -|- Spell this word without
jest, start it with a -g and end it with –ure.
government -|- the government
grammar -|- You only want A's in
gruesome -|- grue + some
gymnasium -|- gym – nas- ium
guidance -|- Guidance Ultimately
Is Direction And Never-ending Caring
gauge -|- To spell this word you must
gauge the -a and the -u.
grateful -|- Who ate the L in grateful?
guarantee -|- I guarantee there are
2 A's and 2 E's, but only one -r.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter H|
Halloween -|- 2 L's, 2 E's and
an O in the middle. Hall + O +Ween
handkerchief -|- hand + ker + chief
haphazard -|- Hal And
Phil Had A Zany Afternoon Riding
happiness -|- Although the root word
is ‘happy' when you add the –ness, you drop the –y and add an
heard -|- you heard it with
height -|- h + eight (8)
herd -|- Herds of Elephants
hoarse -|- Hoarse needs an ‘oar'
as much as a row boat.
hygiene -|- Help Your
Granny In Ever Need Expressed.
hypocrite -|- Split this one up and
make the I's long to help your remember: hypo - crite
hoping -|- When hope becomes hoping,
drop the –e and add an –ing.
hole -|- A hole is what you dig. Don't
add a –w, unless you mean all of something. The city puts fences around
the whole hole in the park.
hungrily -|- To make ‘hungry' an
adverb, drop the –y and add an –ily.
handkerchief -|- The -d is silent,
harass -|- The spelling of this word
shouldn't harass you, 2 A's, 2 S's, but only one -r.
hear -|- You hear with your
height -|- This word reaches new heights,
just remember h + 8s.
hierarchy -|- hier + arch + y -- the
-i before -e rule applies here.
humorous -|- Humor us and add another
-o to this word.
hypocrisy -|- Hippos are full of
heroes -|- Hulk Eats
Rice On Every Saturday
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter I|
ice cream -|- 2 words , every time.
ideally -|- ideal + ly
illegal -|- When adding the prefix –il to make a word ‘not', keep the original spelling of the word and add an –il to the beginning. This rule includes words that begin with –l, like illegal.
il + legal = illegal meaning not legal.
illiterate -|- same as illegal. il
+ literate = illiterate meaning not literate.
imaginary -|- Imagine the suffix –ary
flew in a took the –e's place. Imaginary
innate -|- At the inn, we
ate. ß-yoda reference
information -|- inform + ation or the
soldiers were in formation.
insure -|- I can insure you this word
is spelled with an –i.
interesting -|- interest + ing
interpretation -|- interpret + ation
irresistible -|- ir + resist + ible
or I am irresistible.
ignorance -|- To make an A in spelling
you must spell ignorance with an -a.
imitate -|- The -m in this word doesn't
imitate immediate, there's only one.
immediate -|- Immediate may mean right
now, but spelling this words will take enough time to add an -m.
incredible -|- Be both credible and
incredible, don't add an -a to the -ible in this word.
independent -|- She was an independent
agent with the FBI.
indispensable -|- Being able
makes you indispensable.
innocent -|- In no century is
murder an innocent crime.
inoculate -|- One N is enough.
intelligence -|- Use your intelligence
with this one, it's only got 2 vowels, I's and E's.
island -|- An island is land
itinerary -|- There is nary an -ery
on our intenerary.
immediately -|- Another word that is
easiest to spell if broken up, but don't forget both M's. im-med-i-ate-ly
incidentally -|- Incidentally,
you need an ally for this incident.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter J|
jealousy -|- To make the adjective
‘jealous' a noun, simply add a –y.
jewelry -|- jewel + ry
judgment -|- Remove the –e in judge and add the suffix –
jumped -|- To make jump past tense,
just add –ed.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter K|
khaki -|- This is another of those
words you just have to remember, the –h is silent and the –i makes
a long –e sound.
kindergarten -|- Although –garten
in kindergarten sounds like garden, they are not spelled the same.
knowledge -|- Knowledge is what
kernel -|- There isn't a kernel
of truth to spelling this word with any vowels other than -e.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter L|
laboratory -|- Like a lot of larger
words, it helps to break this word down: labor + a + tory
language -|- lan + guage
lasagna -|- Lasagna And
Spaghetti Are GoodNourishment Also.
led -|- lead with an –a is a metal.
led is a verb. Example: The map led me to the treasure.
legible -|- My handwriting is
lengthwise -|- Although each word can
stand alone, when used to describe something it is one word. Lengthwise.
let's -|- Let's is a contraction
for "lets us". Example: Let's go to the store.
lightening -|- Lightening lightens
likable -|- Another –able word. Likable
is another word that requires you to drop the –e and add the –eble.
liquefy -|- It may be tempting to put
a second –i in this word, but you must remember to liquefy liquid,
you drop the –id and add an -efy
luxurious -|- To make luxury luxuios,
make the –y an –i and add the suffix –ous.
laugh -|- Laugh And You Get Happy
liaise -|- You must liaise with
colleagues in Italy and Ireland.
licence -|- 16 year old's with all
C's shouldn't get a driver's licence.
lieutenant -|- Lie U Ten Ants
loose -|- Loops are Loose.
lose -|- Lose lost an O
leisure -|- This word is so relaxed,
it's decided not to follow the –i before –e rule.
liaison -|- There's no real trick
to learning this word, just memorization. Again, it might be helpful
to break it up and remember it's parts. li- ais- on
lightning -|- Lightning lightens the
loneliness -|- As with most words ending
in –y, in order to add the suffix –ness to lonely, you must drop
the y and add an –i.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter M|
magical -|- You don't have to be
magic to spell this word, just add an –al. magic + al = magical
magnificent -|- Consider the root word
magnify when you spell magnificent. As with most words ending in –y,
to add a suffix you change the –y to –i and add the suffix. In this
case, change the –y in magnify to –i and add the suffix –cent.
maintain -|- You must maintain
the –ai twice in this word.
manual -|- My Automobile
Never Uses Automatic Locks.
marriage -|- Even though it occurs
between two people, never forget the I in marriage.
mathematics -|- Usually shortened to
‘math', the complete spelling is easiest to remember if you break
it up: math – e- matics
matinee -|- Although it sounds like
it should end in –nay, the –ee on the end of this words creates
the same sound.
mediocre -|- Mediocre means midlevel,
not great; to spell this word use the prefix medi- which means middle
and you just have to remember the –ocre.
millennium -|- 2 L's and 2 N's
and the rest is just like it sounds.
millionaire -|- million + aire
miscellaneous -|- Yet another big word
to remember. This one is easiest broken up too: mis + cell + ane + ous
It also helps to say the syllables out loud as you spell the word.
monastery -|- There is nary and –ary
in monastery, only monks.
murmur -|- Don't let this word fool
you, it's the same 3 letters repeated, mur + mur
marshmallow -|- However mellow a marshmallow
may be, it is spelled with an a.
medieval -|- When referring to the
Middle Ages, it is always spelled "medieval"
memento -|- It may remind you of a
moment in time, but it's spelled memento.
mischievous -|- This mischievous words
has all but one vowel and holds the -i before -e rule and the -ou rule.
misogyny -|- If you can't remember
the -y in this word, just remember gynecology, it's the study
mississippi -|- M - I - Double S -
I - Double S - I - PP - I
misspell -|- Be sure not to misspell
this word, 2 S's every time.
mnemonic -|- Mnemonics Now
Erase Man's Oldest Nemesis, Insufficient
maintenance -|- This word can be broken
up in a very memorable way: Main – Ten – Ance If you can remember
Main & Ten, it won't be so hard to remember the –ance on the
maneuver -|- Move And Nudge East Until
Victory Everywhere Remains
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter N|
narrative -|- The narrator gives the
narrative. Drop the –tor and add the –tive.
naturally -|- Naturally means occurring
in nature, however, when spelling it drop the –e to add the suffix
negotiable -|- To negotiate the offer
must be negotiable. Again, drop the –ate and add the –able.
neighbor -|- Neighbors never seem to
follow the rules and neither does the spelling of this word. Although
there's an –n and no –c, this word requires you to put the -e
before the –i .
nevertheless -|- Like lengthwise and
nowadays, the words that make up nevertheless can be used alone but
when you use them all together, it's all one word.
night -|- Although some poets prefer
the for ‘nite' the correct spelling of this word uses an –igh
to creat the long –i sound. Also, think: it's eight (8) with the
–e replaced with an –n.
nowadays -|- Like lengthwise and nevertheless
the 2 words and an article that make up this word stand alone just fine,
but when used all together it is one word.
naive -|- Don't be naive about this
word, it's n-a-i-v-e.
necessary -|- To keep warm in the winter,
it's necessary your coat have one collar and
no one -|- No one can make this one
noticeable -|- The -e in this word
is very noticeable.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter O|
octopus -|- octo means 8, and octopus
has 8 legs.
official -|- The root word is ‘office',
so to add the suffix, your drop the –e and add the suffix –ial.
often -|- Like mortgage, the –t is
there but not pronounced.
oneself -|- Yet another word made up
of 2 words. Same as nowadays, oneself is always one words when used
opportunity -|- 2 O's and 1 U.
original -|- From the root word origin,
all an –al to make it an adjective.
overrun -|- Don't run over the spelling
of this word, combine the words over and run and make it one word, overrun.
occasion -|- There is no need for an
Ass in Occasion.
occur -|- The C's in this word are
the only letters that occurs twice.
omission -|- The book has many serious
and significant omissions.
outrageous -|- Spelling this word any
different would be outrageous. Keep the outrage and add an -ous.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter P|
pamphlet -|- This is another word where
the –ph stands in for the –f.
parallel -|- Remember the 2 L's in
the middle are parallel.
paralyze -|- para + lyze ; remember
the y takes the place of an –i here because it can.
parliament -|- It sounds like parala-,
but there's an –i in there to keep those A's in check.
patience -|- You don't need patience
to spell this word, just remember the –t makes a ‘sh' sound and
it follows the ‘i before e' rule.
penitentiary -|- Sorry, no tricks here.
Break it up and sound it out carefully. Peni + tenti + ary Say it out
loud so the penti- and tenti- rhyme.
personnel -|- Personal relationship
with personnel are strictly prohibited.
phenomenon -|- This words isn't phenomenal,
just remember the ph- replaces the f- and sound it out.
pneumonia -|- Like the k in knife,
the p in this word is silent.
prejudice -|- Think of the meaning
of this word when trying to spell it. A prejudice is a pre judgment,
so remove the –gment and add the –ice.
pastime -|- You may use your pastime
to pass the time, but there is still on one -s in this word.
people -|- People Eat Oranges People
perceive -|- You can't perceive it
any other way, this word follows the -i before -e rule.
piece -|- A Piece of Pie
playwright -|- A playwright may write
plays, but he spells it with a -gh.
possession -|- Possession possesses
more S's than a snake.
potassium -|- Remember one tea, two
potato -|- Just like with tomato, this
word only has an -e when you make it plural, potatoes.
practice -|- Practice spelling this
word with a -c.
presence -|- The presence of E's in
"presence" is apparent.
principal -|- Your principal
is your pal.
psychology -|- Please Say
You Can Help Old Ladies Organize
probably -|- The root of this word
is probable, in order to make it an adverb, simply drop the –e and
add a –y.
proceed -|- Proceed as normal with
this word, make sure you get both E's in between the –c ad the –d.
professor -|- Focus on the root of
this word, profess. Once someone professes something he becomes a professor.
pronunciation -|- Yet another of those
big words, again, break it up. pro- noun- ci-ation, You must mainly
remember the –ci makes the "see" sound.
pursue -|- People Usually
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter Q|
quarantine -|- The letter q will always
be followed by a u to create the "kwa" sound.
quantity -|- Spelled exactly like it
sounds with a qu- to start it off. Beak it up and sound it out: quan
– ti- ty
quite -|- It's quite similar to quiet,
except the –e and –t switch places.
queue -|- queue mean to be in line,
so just remember there are 2 -ue's in line behind q.
quiet -|- E.T. was quiet
questionnaire -|- There's no question
about it, there's an ‘air' in this word. Combine them in two parts:
question + naire
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter R|
raze -|- You can both raise and raze
the roof, but if you raze it, you'll be sad when it rains. Raze or
"to destroy" is always spelled with a z.
receipt -|- Like pneumonia, the –p
in receipt is silent, but necessary. And don't worry, this word follows
the ‘-i before –e' rule
reign -|- Excessive rain will reign
terror on crops. Reign also reigns terror on the –i before –e rule,
sorry, you just have to remember.
relieve -|- You'll be relieved to
know, this word follows the –i before –e except after –c' rule.
renaissance -|- It may be easier to
remember the history of the renaissance than to spell it. This is another
of those big words you just have to memorize. Try breaking it up : ren
– ais - sance
rescind -|- You resend a letter, but
you rescind an invitation.
reservoir -|- Think of this word from
it's origin, reserve; drop the –e and add the French suffix –voir.
ridiculous -|- This is another word
that is easier to spell if you remember it's root, ridicule; again
drop the –e and add the suffix –ous.
roommate -|- Spelling roommate is a
lot easier than having one. Just combine room + mate and keep both m's.
reference -|- Refer to the -e's in
this word when trying to remember whether to put an -ance or an -ence
at the end of the word.
relevant -|- It's relevant to remember
there are 2 e's followed by an -a in relevant.
rhythm -|- Rhythm Helps
Your Two Hips Move
really -|- Another easy adverb. Just
add an –ly.
referred -|- refer – red
repetition -|- There's definitely
some repetition in this word. The e's, t's, and i's repeat, but
are separated by one letter each.
restaurant -|- rest – aur – ant
– keep in mind, the "aur" makes an "er" sound.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter S|
secretary -|- Your secretary
will keep your secret!
separate -|- If you split this word
up you will separate the -sep and the -e with a rat.
supersede -|- This word supersedes
other words, it's the only word in the english language to use -sede
sandal -|- Sandals are perfect
for the sand.
sandwich -|- No tricks here, make a
sandwich out of the words sand + wich ßwhich isn't actually a word.
savvy -|- Savvy is so savvy it needs
scissors -|- 3 S's in this word with
a c tagging along.
siege / seize -|- although they sound almost exactly the same with different consonants, there's no trick to remember that one, siege, follows the –i before –e rule and one, seize, does not.
shepherd -|- This word is easy, just
remember a shepherd leads a herd.
sheriff -|- 1 r, 2 f's and an –e
making that –a sound.
sincerely -|- To make sincere an adverb,
simply add the –ly.
subtly -|- Like with debt, the –b
in subtly is silent.
sacrilegious -|- Although it may sound
as though religion is in this word, it's not. When spelling sacrilegious,
invert the –e and –i from religion, drop the –n and add an –ous.
schedule -|- School
Causes Headaches. Education Delivers Unnecessary
Lulls In Excitement
sergeant -|- Break it up: serge –
similar -|- Sometimes
I Might Imagine Lurking And Roaming
surprise -|- Your surprise won't
be worth much if you forget there are 2 r's in this word and not a
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter T|
their -|- The inheritance is theirs
because they are the heirs.
tomato -|- Like potato, this word only
uses an -e when you make it plural: tomatoes.
tomorrow -|- Tomorrow i will go with
Tom or Row.
tyranny -|- Only adding an -n can show
the tyranny of a tyrant.
tangible -|- The beginning of this
word is just like tangerine, so keep the tang- and add an –ible.
technique -|- The –nique in technique
makes the "neek" sound. Just remember there's a q, so there'll
always be a -u and end it with an –e.
theories -|- Rooted in theory, drop
the –y and add the –ies. If the –eo combo is throwing you off,
just think of the word theorize, you can actually hear the ‘o' in
threw/through -|- He threw the ball
through the window.
tongue -|- This word seems all of out
sorts. The ‘o' make a short ‘u' sound, and the –u doesn't
make a sound and need an –e to hold it up.
triathlon -|- Triathlon is spelled
like decathlon except instead of 10 events there are only 3, hence the
twelfth -|- In this word, the F kicked
out the V. Example: After eleven come twelve and after eleventh place
is twelfth place.
there -|- This one is simple it's
here with a –t in the front.
tragedy -|- Don't let spelling this
word turn your day into a tragedy, just remember the root word, tragic.
Simply drop the –ic ending and add the –edy, to make it noun.
truly -|- Another easy adverb. Just
remember it's true, you can truly leave the –e out.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter U|
unfortunately -|- It is unfortunate
if you get rid of the -e in this word when you add the -ly.
ukulele -|- Ukuleles Keep
Us Lively, Enthralled Listeners Entertained.
unanimous -|- This is another word
that helps to learn the origin. Un means one and animus
means mind & heart. One mind & heart. Keep the un- and the anim-
and add the –ous.
usage -|- Your electric bill shows
the usage of your wattage.
undoubtedly -|- This word is spelled
how it sounds except for that pesky silent –b. So, remember the –b
and add an ed before you make it an adverb.
until -|- Until Now
TV Inspired Lives
usually -|- It's adverbs as usual,
just add an –ly.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter V|
vacuum -|- There's no trick, instead
of the -ume that creates the same sound in volume, there are 2 U's in
between the -c and the -m.
valleys -|- Because this word ends
in an –ey, you cannot drop the –y, so you simply add an –s to
make it plural.
valuable -|- It would be valuable to
remember there's no e.
vilify -|- You may be tempted to keep
the double l from villain to spell vilify, don't; one is just enough.
vicious -|- When spelling this word
remember the –cious creates the "sh" sound.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter W|
warfare -|- like lengthwise, even though
the two words that make up ‘warfare' can stand alone, when used
together they are one word.
waste -|- waster is taste with a ‘w'.
we're -|- We're is the contraction
for "we are".
weather/ whether -|- Weather is the
temperature and atmosphere out side. Whether is a conjunction that introduces
alternative or possibilities. Example: The weather man tells whether
to expect rain or shine.
Wednesday -|- BREAK IT UP! Say it out
loud. wed – nes – day.
weird -|- What's weird about spelling
this word is the -e before the -i even though there's no -c. Weird!
willful -|- Don't be willful when
spelling this word, give up the urge to add that second –l to the
writing -|- Since write ends
with an –e, you have to drop it to add the –ing.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter X|
xylophone -|- No tricks here, spelling
this word is as difficult as mastering the instrument. Keep in mind
the –xy make a "z" sound. Again, break it up: xy-lo-phone.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter Y|
yacht -|- It's spelling is as fancy
as it's meaning. Try this: Yachts Are Costly
& Huge Travelers.
you're/your -|- You're is a contraction
for "you are". Your shows ownership. Example: You're going to
have so much fun on your new boat.
|commonly misspelled words starting with the letter Z|
zoology -|- If you're smart enough
to study it, you should be smart enough to spell it. Combine the suffix
–logy which means a body of knowledge and zoo-: zoology