Spell Check #4

Identify the misspelled or misused word in each sentence and enter the correction.
Previous quizzes in the "Spell Check" series: #1, #2, #3.
Quiz by ThirdParty
Last updated: March 10, 2014
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The blizzard is forecast to be record-breaking; I'm not sure weather we should stay or flee.
On your way home, be sure to drive safety, keep your eyes on the road, and watch out for ice on bridges.
Think before you speak; a poorly chosen word may effect people in ways that you neither intend nor expect.
If we keep playing like this, we will certainly loose the match; I can't make it any plainer than that.
My first suspension was at age eight, when I "accidentally" through a snowball at my third-grade teacher.
Watching the cat chase it's tail was a source of great hilarity, until it knocked over the bookshelf.
From the prospective of the uninitiated, our rituals must seem pointless and bizarre--but they serve us well.
How are we supposed to accomplice what we came for, with that guard dog making such a racket?
I support capital punishment for all rapists, murders, and traitors; what they have done is unforgivable.
Sooner or later, their crimes will catch up with them and they'll receive their just desserts.
When he asked me to marry him, I could barley believe it--but I still said "yes" without hesitation.
The newlyweds were feeling so exuberate that they found themselves incapable of solemnity.
He glared so surly at me that I thought he was about to throw a punch; but then he stormed out.
I don't wan't to be rude, but you're standing on my foot and I'd like you to move immediately.
My dignity is still in tact, but I can't say the same thing for my tranquility--I'm scared witless.
Some of the passengers of the roller coaster were squealing with joy; others were shuttering with terror.
Using high-quality résumé paper, purchased from a fine-stationary store, shows employers that you're detail-oriented.
After pouring over old manuscripts for eight hours straight, the graduate student started sneezing uncontrollably.
Vatican City is the world's smallest sovereign nation, and is administered directly by the Holy Sea.
If the encrypted message means what I think it does, than we literally have no time to waste.
Level 68
Mar 11, 2014
Love these quizzes. First time I got them all right -- is this one easier than the others?
Level 45
Mar 11, 2014
It might be. The others were based on misspellings that had been annoying me for years, whereas this one involves new misspellings that came to my attention during the past quarter.
Level 78
Jun 9, 2014
I never knew about "just deserts". Had to look it up and glad to learn new things. Intuitively I'd spelled that "desserts", but knowing that it has nothing to do with places like the Sahara and Gobi, now it makes more sense.
Level 45
Jun 9, 2014
It's a form of the word "deserve". As in, "you deserve to be deserted in the desert for stealing my dessert".
Level 45
Jun 13, 2014
Level 86
Jul 16, 2014
The "surly" one had me stumped. I think it accepted "sourly"?? But I still don't understand that word. I know that one can be "surly" but couldn't figure out the misuse in this case.
Level 45
Jul 16, 2014
The sentence as presented is wrong because it has an adjective where it needs an adverb. You can't "glare surly" any more than you can "smile happy". Instead you have to glare surlily or smile happily.
Level 63
Mar 30, 2016
Nice series of quizzes :) I entered sourly as well, so thanks for including it as a type-in. Surlily would surely win an award for one of the clumsiest adverbs in the English language. I would say "glared in a surly manner", the way you'd say "smiled in a friendly manner" instead of "smiled friendlily." Surlily shouldn't be a word, even though it is.
Level 87
Oct 12, 2021
Surlily sounds like a knighted flower, but a terrible adverb.
Level 44
Apr 26, 2016
Don't we all know about a hundred people desperately in need of taking this quiz?!
Level 15
Jan 14, 2018
24 seconds to spare. WOW.
Level 66
Nov 17, 2019
I really hope this gets featured soon.
Level 66
Jan 28, 2020
You can nominate it. Or should I say nomenate. (Or even nomenade but that is pushing it haha)


Level 66
Jan 28, 2020
No men ate it??

ok I'll quit now, it is past my bed time, I need sleep.. (had 0 hours yesterday..

Level 71
Mar 31, 2021
Just took all four quizzes in this series and enjoyed them thoroughly. However, I was disappointed not to find a particular peeve of mine - tenant where the user means tenet. Maybe include it here as an addition or substitution (and then feature this quiz).