We all make mistakes in our writing. We’re human, after all. However, when your livelihood depends on the quality of what you write, the story takes a different turn. I know I don’t need to go on and on about the importance of checking and re-checking our work – that is a given. Instead, I’ll share an image with you that highlights this importance. Here is an interesting and informative infographic of the 15 most misspelled words in the English language. Before you take a look at it, do remember the differences in British and American English as there is one word in the infographic that may raise eyebrows.
This infographic was created by Spellchecker, a web site offering – you guessed it – spell, grammar, and thesaurus checking services. ((Web site: Spellchecker))
If you look closely at the bottom of the infographic, you will see that the data used was taken from user statistics on Spellchecker’s web site. To be honest, I was rather surprised at some of the words that were included in list:
- A lot
I will not deny having problems with “occurred” occasionally (this is another word I sometimes struggle with, by the way), but I was surprised to see words such as “which” and “really” in the list. Also, the word “behavior” is included simply because the list is supposed to focus only American English and the British spelling “behaviour” is considered incorrect. That, of course, is subject to discussion – one which we won’t go into right now.
So what do you think of this list of commonly misspelled words? Does it surprise you? What words give you trouble?