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Commonly Misspelled Words #2

These words are misspelled. See if you can guess the correct spellings.
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Last updated: October 27, 2021
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First submittedAugust 9, 2011
Times taken78,677
Average score70.4%
Rating4.36
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Incorrect
Correct
Seperate
Separate
Vaccum
Vacuum
Liason
Liaison
Anull
Annul
Rasberry
Raspberry
Pyscho
Psycho
Shepard
Shepherd
Sargent
Sergeant
Pharoh
Pharaoh
Incorrect
Correct
Reknown
Renown
Marshmellow
Marshmallow
Accomodate
Accommodate
Apartide
Apartheid
Resteraunt
Restaurant
Limosine
Limousine
Innoculate
Inoculate
Minature
Miniature
Seige
Siege
Incorrect
Correct
Twelth
Twelfth
Hankerchief
Handkerchief
Accidently
Accidentally
Vinigarette
Vinaigrette
Catapiller
Caterpillar
Maintainence
Maintenance
Dumbell
Dumbbell
Gaurentee
Guarantee
Supercede
Supersede
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Level 33
Feb 24, 2012
can spell the words, just not enough time to answer them all
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Level 48
Oct 12, 2018
me too...i cannot type.. i have to hunt-and-peck....not recommended in a timed quiz
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Level 19
Jul 9, 2012
Glad to see accommodate was accommodated. Some of the misspellings were so weird I could hardly recognise what they were meant to be - but I really enjoyed the game. Thanks!!
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Level 29
Oct 26, 2021
Same
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Level 63
Nov 23, 2012
Pyscho? That's so far from right and I never read it like that anywhere. XD
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Level 57
Mar 5, 2017
The correct spelling is "psycho" so it's only the s and y switched around. Hardly that far off
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2021
I quite often see "physco".
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Level 48
Nov 18, 2023
most of the words in this quiz are at least phonetically close to the correct word, unlike pyscho
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Level 57
Mar 5, 2014
I don't think I've ever heard the words Annul or Lambaste, so I had no idea about those. I couldn't figure out who word Midevil was trying to get - it didn't sound at all like Medieval, so I didn't make the connection. I just missed Liaison and Vinaigrette.
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Level 51
Nov 21, 2014
i've definitely heard annul (as in, people get an annulment on their marriage) but i've never heard lambaste either
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2017
"The politician lambasted the reporter's remarks that he had stolen money from his campaign funds." I've heard people say lamblasted instead, but I didn't realize it had an e on the end until I took the quiz today. At least that was easy to guess.
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
hadnt heard of lambaste either, reminds me of alabaster..
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
I looked up the word lambast, without the e is the correct spelling in Uk-english. So maybe not the best clue? (now they might start to write it the wrong way for them haha)
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Level 78
Jun 17, 2021
There is no E at the end of lambast in English English. That would make is a non-qualifier in the genre of 'Commonly misspelled words'. Perhaps sub something else in for it?
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2021
Now I feel better about being flummoxed by that one!
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
medieval is not on the quiz anymore. But I think it definitely is one that most people whose first language is not english would misspell (and maybe for native english speakers aswell. And it definitely does sound like mid-evil ...
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Level 64
Oct 24, 2022
Yes, but even the most basic knowledge of Latin roots, plus the fact that 'medieval' refers to the MIDDLE Ages, makes it very easy to guess that the word should start with medi-, even if you don't know how to spell it otherwise.
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Level 71
Oct 25, 2021
I couldn't see what was wrong with lambast. As mentioned, that is the correct spelling in the UK
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2021
Finally fixed.
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Level 78
Aug 6, 2014
When I saw anull I tried anal. oops.
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Level 58
Aug 6, 2014
"Phrasing!" -Sterling Mallory Archer
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Level 78
Jun 17, 2021
It's well worth trying.
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Level 61
Oct 26, 2021
Why not try my Find the Spelling series?
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Level 29
Aug 6, 2014
Being a non-native english speaker, and learning by hearing AND reading seems to have its advantages - 27/27 at first try :).
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Level 75
Aug 6, 2014
When does word spelling that evolves over time change a "wrong" spelling into an accepted one? "Shop" was wrong for decades when it was supposed to be spelt "shoppe". Has "lambast" already become a new spelling?
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Level 75
Aug 7, 2014
This is an interesting article on language reform: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English-language_spelling_reform. This article tells how Merriam-Webster decides on which new words to add to their dictionary. http://www.merriam-webster.com/help/faq/words_in.htm

It appears that the correct spelling and pronunciation depends on which expert or dictionary you consult as there is no definitive authority.

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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
Nowadays words are a lot more written down, so you can more easily say a word is spelled wrong. Centuries ago most people couldnt read or right, so it got spelled different everytime, and language evolved much faster.
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Level 62
Oct 25, 2021
Irony! You misspelled “write” in “read or write”; was that a deliberate joke?
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Level 82
Feb 7, 2022
“Differently” is the adverb.
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Level 51
Aug 6, 2014
From The Grammarist: "For the verb meaning (1) to beat or (2) to scold or berate, lambaste is the preferred spelling in American and Canadian English, while lambast is preferred in varieties of English from outside North America." So this one is a regional variant, not really an incorrect spelling.

Merriam-Webster: "Supercede has occurred as a spelling variant of supersede since the 17th century, and it is common in current published writing. It continues, however, to be widely regarded as an error." So I guess I've been spelling this one wrong. Not that it comes up very often...

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Level 49
Jan 29, 2015
Lambast is the correct preferred spelling in the UK, so should be replaced with something else.
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Level 61
Apr 28, 2015
It's almost as frustrating as typing "colour" into Microsoft word and seeing the red line underneath suggesting "color" as the correct spelling. We had this language first and I'm not prepared to lose it to the internet! :P
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Level 39
Apr 15, 2017
You can set the language as your preferred variant of English though
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Level 74
Dec 1, 2020
Exactly - would you include "colour" on a list of often misspelled words?

I was dumbstruck for a while looking at the correctly-spelled 'lambast' here...!

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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2021
Finally fixed.
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Level 50
Jul 7, 2015
Won't accept 12th. Quizmaster please fix this is an OUTRAGE.
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2015
I am embarrassed to say for how long "vinaigrette" stumped me.
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Level 57
Mar 29, 2016
Shouldn't it be "Lembas"?
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Level 39
Apr 15, 2017
Found the Tolkien nerd lol (I had that thought too)
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Level 46
Mar 29, 2016
Too easy.
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Level 23
Oct 24, 2016
So embarrassed about raspberry :\
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2017
You could add words like definitely and tomorrow. I see those misspelled all the time by trying to put in "A" in there when neither have one. Also the word misspelled. :)
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
tamorrow, tomarrow or tomorraw?? I have never seen any of those. But definately, yes definitely. (And I am 95 % sure that that is the way I have learned it at school, because when I need to type the word my mind spells it out in syllables (and that really only happens with this word, so I think they have really been hammering it in ) de-fi-na-te-ly...
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Level 65
Jan 15, 2017
I assume the best part of making this was not worrying about type ins.
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Level 61
Mar 1, 2017
Anybody else have no clue that they've been spelling marshmallow wrong for their whole life?
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Level 65
Apr 15, 2017
Since when does Lambast have an E on the end? That's ridiculous!
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Level 69
Oct 12, 2018
“Lambast/Lambaste: For the verb meaning (1) to beat or (2) to scold or berate, lambaste is the preferred spelling in American and Canadian English, while lambast is preferred in varieties of English from outside North America.“

So interesting correction of what I thought was the right spelling. Possibly better placed in a differences between US and UK English quiz.

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Level 55
Apr 15, 2017
The one I see frequently, is congradulations. It seems to be mostly Americans that do it, perhaps because they say it with a softer T than we Aussies....or perhaps its a new word to say to someone when they graduate! :)
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
I have never seen that one. Interesting. I guess people get confused because of graduate?
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2017
Another one that drives me nuts is adviser vs. advisor. The latter is supposed to be correct, too, but I get a red line under it.
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
Adviser advisor neither gets a red line with me, but for me adviser looks very wrong...!

Apparently both are correct, I just llooked it up. I am really curious why you dó get a red line..

I advise you to take my advice... That one is pretty confusing.. and easy to trip up on.

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Level 82
Oct 25, 2021
As someone whose former job title included the word 'advisor', I've always understood the two variants to have subtly different meanings. That is: 'adviser' is simply anyone who offers advice, whereas 'advisor' is someone whose profession it is to provide advice. I think this is broadly a customary rather than firm distinction: advisor is considered broadly more 'formal', and thus is better applied as a job title. I'm also not sure whether the same distinction applies in North American English.
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Level 26
Apr 15, 2017
My french helped me a lot for these! 24/27
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Level 74
Apr 15, 2017
This kind of quiz baffles me, why would anyone misspell these words? See the word once and there it is. Must be some 'murican thing.
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
Nah, most of these happen anywhere, it is more an age and intelligence thing (and exposure, if everyone around you does it wrong and you never get to see the right versions..).

Sometimes certain spelling mistakes are regional, but usually not. (nuculair/nuclear might just be one of those ones that does get misspelled more often in america But I think that one is the exception)

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Level 74
Apr 17, 2017
I tried "apatride" several times. Never thought of aparthdeid.
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Level 78
Oct 25, 2021
Same here.
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2017
Okay what's supposed to be the very obvious difference in PRONUNCIATION of marshamallow and marshmellow? Not native speaker obviously, but it doesn't seem to make a difference either way ...
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2021
It's...a different vowel?
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Level 90
Oct 25, 2021
Marshmallow does not rhyme with yellow
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Level 56
Oct 25, 2021
marshmallow definitely rhymes with yellow... There's no pronunciation difference, just spelling. Like where and wear
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Level 31
Apr 20, 2017
Why would anyone spell it "twelth?" That doesn't even sound like the same word. I'm not making fun of people, I just don't think anyone makes this mistake, unless it's a typo.
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Level 37
May 3, 2017
How about Chaise (instead of cheese) and Lon Giland (instead of Long Island); Tree (instead of three) and dis (instead of this).
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2018
26/27 last time and 27/27 this time. Not bad for an old bloke
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Level 39
Mar 26, 2018
seeing the incorrect spellings certainly messed with my head but I will continue to use supersede and lambast. Lambaste sounds like something in cookery!!!
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Level 39
Mar 26, 2018
supersede
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Level 39
Mar 26, 2018
the autocorrect won't let me spell the way I want too!
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Level 38
Apr 6, 2018
I Spam Type Pyscho For Psycho
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Level 37
Jun 3, 2018
Lambaste was the first word I wrote (and correctly), yet was only credited 33%
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Level 80
Aug 27, 2018
Agree with others - lambast is correct.
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Level 75
Oct 12, 2018
Also supporting this campaign against non-North American spellings being represented as mistakes. The correct spelling is lambast in the UK.

Please consider choosing one of many other less contentious words instead - if only to restore the QM's normally good reputation for keeping both sides of the Atlantic happy. Thanks.

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Level 46
Oct 12, 2018
Very intelligent quiz-Thanks!
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
Intellegent is one that is spelled wrong often as well. I ve seen it quite often.
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Level 65
Jun 17, 2019
28% of the people didnt see what was wrong with twelth??
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Level 55
Sep 24, 2019
add phoenix, it would be fun to see the percentage on that
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Level 37
Nov 10, 2019
For me, Phoenix isn't half as bad as Tucson to remember. I keep wanting to spell it Tuscon.
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2020
Please allow more type-ins :)
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Level 75
Aug 5, 2020
thank google for correcting my spelling when I wasn't sure lol

at least know I know how to spell them correctly

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Level 88
Dec 1, 2020
Some of these hurt my eyes.
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Level 76
Mar 25, 2021
I think a good one would be background/backround
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Level 25
May 5, 2021
my auto correct just helped me
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Level 59
Oct 2, 2021
Accept Sage for Seige?
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2021
Still not sure that "lambast" is the best one, seeing as that's the correct version in the UK and accepted almost anywhere outside the US.
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Level 72
Oct 25, 2021
Wow...I've been spelling some words wrong my whole life
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Level 78
Oct 25, 2021
Got all of them with ease :)
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2021
No one likes a smart arse!
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Level 78
Oct 25, 2021
I think this spelling for lambast is also correct.
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Level 36
Oct 25, 2021
supersede can be spelled as supersede and supercede but good quiz
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Level 63
Oct 25, 2021
I once read in a children's book that there are many common English words that end with -cede, but only three end with -ceed (and their mnemonic is "in order to succeed, you must proceed to exceed) and one with -sede, supersede. That has stayed with me all these years.
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Level 82
Oct 25, 2021
Many have mentioned it, but I'm just going to add my voice: 'lambast' and 'lambaste' are both correct, with the latter being the North American variant, and the former being preferred elsewhere in the world. Even Merriam-Webster lists 'lambast' as a variant, which is, presumably - given there is no qualification made - acceptable in the US: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lambaste

I will of course concede that 'lambaste' does sound more delicious. I could definitely go for some basted lamb.

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Level 69
Oct 26, 2021
People have been commenting on here since 2014 about 'lambast' being a perfectly acceptable spelling outside of North America and it's still in the quiz as misspelt? Why is Quizmaster ignoring it?
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2021
I really hate it when I misspell “restaurant” and autocorrect turns it into “restraint”.
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Level 28
Oct 27, 2021
If you asked me to spell these I could, until you show me the wrong spelling then for some reason I cant
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Level 44
Oct 27, 2021
When will you accept "lambast" is correct for native British people? We invented the language, for goodness sake!
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Level 47
Apr 7, 2022
You know we can just type the word as it is given, and then use the spell-check to fix. You barely have to do anything.
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Level 54
Apr 8, 2022
Missed 1 but these words are easy to spell who gets these wrong.
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Level 19
Jan 1, 2024
It helps when you use autocorrect. Only needed help with 3 of them