Inspired by our article on Top Misspelled Words 2009 I began thinking about my own personal top spelling mistakes. Some of them are pretty common and I’m pretty sure I “share” them with many other people, some, however, might be my own funny quirks. Some of them I still have problems with, some I finally learned once and for all. Here they are:
Wednesday – it’s really embarrassing but for some reason for a long time I believed that this word was spelled Wendesday and it was only a few years ago that I finally got rid of this misconception. And I was always puzzled as to why it is abbreviated to Wed 🙂 One of the reasons I spelled it incorrectly might be the pronunciation – ‘wenzdeı
Embarrass – speaking of embarrassing; all those double letters in this word always confuse me. I’m not sure why, they just do.
Tomorrow – thank God for spell-check! Now, after years of learning English I know that it’s double ‘r’ and not ‘m’ but I tended to write mm before.
Professor – for some obscure reason I seem to be in favour of the idea of putting an additional ‘f’ in there. It would look weird, I know. That’s why I’m trying to be professional and stick to double ‘s’.
Calendar – maybe that’s the “bad” influence of German on my English (German Kalender) but I always have to think before I write it in English even though it’s similar in Polish – kalendarz.
Cemetery – because of Polish cmentarz I thought for a while that there’s ‘n’ also in the English word.
Committed – a case similar to embarrass. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is uncertain of the number of double letters in this word.
Definitely – some years ago I was certain it was written definately. I even argued about that with a teacher once, but I have no idea what made me so stubborn and so convinced of this awkward idea.
Normally, I’m quite pedantic about spelling so I’m trying really hard to avoid those mistakes, but some of them won’t go and haunt me like little monsters making me doubt once again if I got them right… Do you have your own “favourite” spelling mistakes? Please share them in comments!
And to practice, you can take our English spelling test.