Tricky, tricky spelling quiz: can you crack it?

I can’t afford to offer a trip for two to Las Vegas as a prize, but this quiz could keep you busy during quiet moments in the next few days. Answers at the bottom. (No cheating – look later!)

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What do you feel are the most common wrongly spelled words in English?

And what really is infuriating is the way that simple spelling mistakes tend to creep in only because our own ‘word blindness’ – especially when we are writing extensively for business or other occupations – is largely to blame for our errors.

(That, and the fact that the English language has fewer rules to help us than a dog has when choosing which tree to pee on.)

Never mind: let’s have a laugh with the following:

Find the spelling mistake (or two, or none!) in the following:

1) Now that more and more social media platforms are accomodating much longer posts, you have widely increased oportunities to get your message out there.

2) Who genuinely is responsible for these ‘yellow jacket‘ issues in France?

3) I’ve been invited to a glorious Carribbean evening at a local hotel … can’t wait!

4) It’s years since I had a holiday in a Mediterranean resort. Next year, I’ll definately book somewhere involving those fewer air miles.

5) Can you believe just what chaos the goverment is creating right now?

6) With the current political chaos going on both in the UK and the USA, it’s hard to seperate one disaster from another!

7) Untill we know more about the true status of employment figures in Europe, it’s hard to calculate where the economy should be going.

8) Have you received the documents I sent to you? Hopefully what’s in them will fulfil everything you need to know.

9) I need to find a low-cost place to stay in New York City next week. Where would you advise me to seek accomodation?

10) I would hate to be called out on an error and be publically humiliated.

11) Would you believe it? I went to work yesterday wearing shoes (albeit identical in design) one of which was black, and the other navy blue. Talk about embarassing!

12) My birthday is in probably the coldest month of the year in the northern hemisphere – i.e. February.

13) This is a stupid quiz: it’s so easy to mispell words. Does that really matter?

14) My favourite actor is the one and only Kelsey Grammar. Isn’t he hilarious in ‘Frasier?’

15) One of the saddest occurances we need to deal with is having to write our condolances to someone who has lost a loved one.

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OKies! So how did you do?

1) Now that more and more social media platforms are accomodating much longer posts, you have widely increased oportunities to get your message out there. Accommodating, opportunities.

2) Who genuinely is responsible for these ‘yellow jacket’ issues in France? OK!

3) I’ve been invited to a glorious Carribbean evening at a local hotel … can’t wait! Caribbean

4) It’s years since I had a holiday in a Mediterranean resort. Next year, I’ll definately book somewhere involving those fewer air miles. Definitely

5) Can you believe just what chaos the goverment is creating right now? Government

6) With the current political chaos going on both in the UK and the USA, it’s hard to seperate one disaster from another! Separate

7) Untill we know more about the true status of employment figures in Europe, it’s hard to calculate where the economy should be going. Until

8) Have you received the documents I sent to you? Hopefully what’s in them will fulfil everything you need to know. OK! (Although some people still spell it ‘fulfill.’)

9) I need to find a low-cost place to stay in New York City next week. Where would you advise me to seek accomodation? Accommodation

10) I would hate to be called out on an error and be publically humiliated. Publicly

11) Would you believe it? I went to work yesterday wearing shoes (albeit identical in design) one of which was black, and the other navy blue. Talk about embarassing! Embarrassing

12) My birthday is in probably the coldest month of the year in the northern hemisphere – i.e. February. OK!

13) This is a stupid quiz: it’s so easy to mispell words. Does that really matter? Misspell

14) My favourite actor is the one and only Kelsey Grammar. Isn’t he hilarious in ‘Frasier?’ Kelsey’s name actually is ‘Grammer!’

15) One of the saddest occurances we need to deal with is having to write our condolances to someone who has lost a loved one. Occurrences, condolences

Punchline: 

Spellings in the English language are notoriously schizophrenic. There are few rules to follow. New English speakers are on their own when learning. Good luck to those who try to get it all right and if they don’t, we native English speakers understand. We get a lot of it wrong, too.

What do you feel are the most common wrongly spelled words in English?

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