Over the years, English language has taken a different dimension due to technological advancement in various countries, and Nigeria has not been left behind.
Using auto-correct function while typing in phones and laptops is highly responsible for making most Nigerians forget the correct spelling of some words, especially when writing them on paper. Using short hand typing in social network chats has not helped to salvage the situation either.
Rather, it has made short hand users addicted to spelling words incorrectly and this stripes the words of their original meanings. The word “misspell” is a typical example of words Nigerians misspell.
Here is a long list of 101 most commonly misspelled words. Take a close look at the errors in spellings (in red text), then memorize the correct spelling. There are also tips to help you remember how each word is written, and to aid better pronunciation of the word as well.
1. Wrong Spelling: Acceptible
Correct Spelling: Acceptable
Tip: Just accept any table offered to you and you will remember the correct spelling of Acceptable.
2. Wrong Spelling: accomodate/acommodate
Correct Spelling: Accommodate
Remember, this word is large enough to accommodate both a double “c” and a double “m.”
3. Wrong Spelling: Acknowlegdement
Correct Spelling: Acknowledgement
Tip: The problem is in the third syllabus. Break down the words while writing “Ac- Know-ledge-ment,” and remember the problem is not the “leg” but the person who “led.”
4. Wrong Spelling: Arguement
Correct Spelling: Argument
Write this word the way you hear children pronouncing it. They say it the same way as the spelling – without an “e”.
5. Wrong Spelling: aquire
Correct Spelling: acquire
Tip: Try to acquire the knowledge that this word begins with the prefix ad- but the “d” converts to “c” before “q”.
6. Wrong Spelling: Alot
Correct Spelling: A lot
It is two separate words! We hope you won’t have to allot a lot of time to this problem.
7. Wrong Spelling: Amature
Correct Spelling: Amateur
Tip: Amateurs are not mature people and do not need to spell their status in a similar manner.
8. Wrong Spelling: aparent
Correct Spelling: apparent
apparent is more than a parent and has an extra “P.”
9. Wrong Spelling: Asasin
Correct Spelling: Assassin
Tip: It won’t be fair to assassinate any “S.” allow the four “S” to live.
10. Wrong Spelling: athiest
Correct Spelling: atheist
Remember that this word is broken into three “a”, “the“, then finally “ist.”
11. Wrong Spelling: Bandwich
Correct Spelling: Bandwidth
Tip: Do not mistake the width of the band for a sandwich.
12. Wrong Spelling: Belive
Correct Spelling: Believe
For the sake of spelling this word right, you should believe that the world started with “be” – let their be light, and ended with “eve“- who brought the downfall of man.
13. Wrong Spelling: Bizzare
Correct Spelling: Bizarre
Tip: Bizarre has one “Z” and two “R.”
14. Wrong Spelling: Calandar
Correct Spelling: Calendar
This word has three vowels, two “a” and an “e” in-between them.
15. Wrong Spelling: Cemetary
Correct Spelling: Cemetery
Tip: Don’t let this word bury you: It ends on “ery” and has nothing to do with “a.”
16. Wrong Spelling: Changable
Correct Spelling: Changeable
The word “change” signifies transformation but it can not be transformed. Change keeps its “e” even when a suffix is added tot it.
17. Wrong Spelling: Chauffer
Correct Spelling: Chauffeur
Tip: It is a French word and can not have an English suffix.
18. Wrong Spelling: Collectable
Correct Spelling: Collectible
Unlike count, the suffix for collect is “ible” not “able.” You just have to remember that.
19. Wrong Spelling: Colum
Correct Spelling: Column
Tip: There is nothing to say about this word. It just has to end with “n.”
20. Wrong Spelling: Comitted/commited
Correct Spelling: Committed
If you are committed to correct spellings, you will remember that this word has double “m” and doubles its final “t” – from “commit” to committed.
21. Wrong Spelling: Conscence
Correct Spelling: Conscience
Tip: Don’t let misspelling this word weigh on your conscience: Just know that it ends with “Science.”
22. Wrong Spelling: Concious
Correct Spelling: Conscious
Try to be conscious of the “sc.” and the vowels in the word “i-o-u.”
23. Wrong Spelling: Concensus
Correct Spelling: Consensus
Tip: The census does not require a consensus, since they are not related. The correct spelling has one “C’ and three “S.”
24. Wrong Spelling: Connosseur
Correct Spelling: Connoisseur
Remember this is a french word and spell with caution.
25. Wrong Spelling: Definitly
Correct Spelling: Definitely
Tip: This word definitely sounds as though it ends only on “it”, but it carries a silent “e” everywhere it goes.
26. Wrong Spelling: Dilema
Correct Spelling: Dilemma
Do not put yourself in a dilemma by omitting an “m.”
27. Wrong Spelling: Disipline/dicipline
Correct Spelling: Discipline
Tip: If you apply a little discipline in spelling this word with the “s” and “c”, it will help you spell it correctly.
28. Wrong Spelling: Drunkeness
Correct Spelling: Drunkenness
Don’t be among many sober people who omit one of the “n”s in this word.
29. Wrong Spelling: Dumbell
Correct Spelling: Dumbbell
Tip: Unfortunately, even smart people forget one of the “b”s and end up appearing dumb. Spell as two words merged into one “Dumb-bell”
30. Wrong Spelling: Embarass (ment)/embarras (ment)
Correct Spelling: Embarrass (ment)
This word will not embarrass you if you remember it is large enough for a double “r” and a double “s”.
31. Wrong Spelling: Enterpreneur
Correct Spelling: Entrepreneur
Tip: You don’t have to enter to be an Entrepreneur, you have to spell it right to be one.
32. Wrong Spelling: Equitorial
Correct Spelling: Equatorial
When spelling this word, remember it has only one “I.”
33. Wrong Spelling: exilirate/exilarate
Correct Spelling: exhilarate
Tip: It will be exhilarating if you remember the “h” and both “a”s when spelling this word.
34. Wrong Spelling: Excede
Correct Spelling: Exceed
Tip: This one is -ceed, not -cede and has nothing to do with precede and supersede.
35. Wrong Spelling: Experence
Correct Spelling: Experience
Don’t experience the same problem many Nigerians have with “existence.” The correct spelling of the word above has an “i.”
36. Wrong Spelling: Feiry
Correct Spelling: Fiery
Tip: Most words with either “ei” or “ei” can be confusing . Just know this one for what it has “ie.”
37. Wrong Spelling: foriegn
Correct Spelling: foreign
Here is one of those “ei” words. Just know it ends with “reign.”
38. Wrong Spelling: Fourty
Correct Spelling: Forty
Tip: They might sound alike and have similarities in numbers, but know that you can not add any letter to four to get forty.
39. Wrong Spelling: Guage
Correct Spelling: Gauge
You must learn to gauge the positioning of the “a” and “u” in this word. Remember they are in alphabetical order.
40. Wrong Spelling: Grammer
Correct Spelling: Grammar
Tip: This word should be written the way an African pronounces it.
41. Wrong Spelling: Greatful
Correct Spelling: Grateful
Tip: keeping “great” out of “grateful” is the correct way to be grateful.
42. Wrong Spelling: Guaranty
Correct Spelling: Guarantee
Even though they are synonyms, this word does not have the same spelling pattern as warranty.
43. Wrong Spelling: : Harrass
Correct Spelling: : Harass
Tip: Don’t be carried away by words that have two different double consonants like this one. This word is not that long, it has only one “r”.
44. Wrong Spelling: Heigth
Correct Spelling: Height
This is not width so try not to pattern after it, rather add an “h” to “eight”.
45. Wrong Spelling: Heirarchy
Correct Spelling: Hierarchy
Tip: Apply the i-before-e rule because it works here.
46. Wrong Spelling: Honourary
Correct Spelling: Honorary
You can honour someone with a Honorary award, but do well not to spell the award from the British way of spelling
47. Wrong Spelling: Indispensible
Correct Spelling: Indispensable
Tip: Knowing that this word ends with “able” is indispensable to good writing.
48. Wrong Spelling: Innoculate
Correct Spelling: Inoculate
This word sounds like a shot in the eye. One “n” is enough to inoculate an eye.
49. Wrong Spelling: inteligence
Correct Spelling: intelligence
Tip: Using two “l” in this word and ending it on “ence” rather than “ance” just shows that you are intelligent.
50. Wrong Spelling: Intermmediate
Correct Spelling: Intermediate
Don’t assume that since immediate has two “m”, intermediate should follow suit.
51. Wrong Spelling: Laison
Correct Spelling: Liaison
Tip: This is another French word with a twist. Remember it has a spare “i” just where you think it shouldn’t have.
52. Wrong Spelling: lisense/lisence
Correct Spelling: license
English has a worldwide license that does not make sense.
53. Wrong Spelling: Limosine
Correct Spelling: Limousine
Tip: Know that a limousine is long enough to accommodate a “u” and any other alphabet English might add to it.
54. Wrong Spelling: Leftonant
Correct Spelling: Lieutenant
Well, don’t use your head to spell this word, use your brain.
55. Wrong Spelling: Maintanance
Correct Spelling: Maintenance
Tip: The main tenants of this word are “main” and “tenance” even though it comes from the verb “maintain.”
56. Wrong Spelling: Manover
Correct Spelling: Maneuvre
Tip: Dear English man, the price you pay for borrowing from French is high. This one goes back to French main + oeuvre “hand-work.”
57. Wrong Spelling: Minature
Correct Spelling: Miniature
Remember that this one is a “mini ature.” The “a” is barely pronounced, but try to include it when spelling.
58. Wrong Spelling: Mischeivous
Correct Spelling: Mischievous
Tip: Master the position of each letter, that will help.
59. Wrong Spelling: Mispell
Correct Spelling: Misspell
It is more embarrassing to misspell the name of the problem. Just remember that it is mis + spell.
60. Wrong Spelling: Occasionaly/ocasionally
Correct Spelling: Occasionally
Tip: Most writers occasionally get weary of doubling so many consonants and they end up confused as to which should be single and which needs an extra letter.
61. Wrong Spelling: Ocurrence/occurence
Correct Spelling: Occurrence
Tip: Remember not only the occurrence of double double consonants in this word, but that it ends with “ence” not “ance”.
62. Wrong Spelling: Ominiscient
Correct Spelling: Omniscient
If you pronounce it right, you will spell it right.
63. Wrong Spelling: Pavillion
Correct Spelling: Pavilion
Tip: Just know that it has one “l.”
64. Wrong Spelling: Pasttime
Correct Spelling: Pastime
Derived from past time – since the first word ends with the same letter that begins the second word, there is no need for leaving the second “T.”
65. Wrong Spelling: Perceiverance
Correct Spelling: Perseverance
Tip: Perseverance has nothing to do with smell when it comes to spelling, so take note.
66. Wrong Spelling: Personel
Correct Spelling: Personnel
This is way different from personal so spell with an extra “n.”
67. Wrong Spelling: Pharoah
Correct Spelling: Pharaoh
Tip: Don’t let your eyes deceive you to believe the first spelling is right.
68. Wrong Spelling: Philipino
Correct Spelling: Filipino
The fact that they are from the Philippines does not make them Philipinos.
69. Wrong Spelling: The Phillipine
Correct Spelling: The Philippine
This word has one “l” and three “P”s.
70. Wrong Spelling: Perogative
Correct Spelling: Prerogative
The first “r” is silent when pronounced by a Nigerian, but it won’t stop a white man from marking it wrong if written without the “r.”
71. Wrong Spelling: Playright
Correct Spelling: Playwright
Those who play right are right-players, not playwrights. Well, since they write plays, they should be “play-writes, right? English always doesn’t work that way.
72. Wrong Spelling: Possesion/posession
Correct Spelling: Possession
Have it at the back of your mind that possession possesses more “S” than a snake.
73. Wrong Spelling: Priviledge/Privilegde
Correct Spelling: Privilege
Just remember that the last syllabus has four letters and not five.
74. Wrong Spelling: Pronounciation
Correct Spelling: Pronunciation
Nouns often differ from the verbs they are derived from. This is one of those. In this case, the pronunciation is different, too.
75. Wrong Spelling: Publically
Correct Spelling: Publicly
Let me publicly declare that if you are among those who write this word wrongly in the above form, then you need to be publicly flogged.
76. Wrong Spelling: Portugese
Correct Spelling: Portuguese
Just remember to write the silent “u.”
77. Wrong Spelling: Portugual
Correct Spelling: Portugal
Forget the last “U”, it isn’t necessary.
78. Wrong Spelling: Questionair
Correct Spelling: Questionnaire
This is another French word, so double up on the “n”s and don’t forget the silent “e”. You can end it with the Nigerian naira, then replace the last “a” with “e.”
79. Wrong Spelling: Recieve/reciept
Correct Spelling: Receive/receipt
I hope you have received the message by now: “e” before “i”. The pattern differs for believe.
80. Wrong Spelling: Reccomend/reccomend
Correct Spelling: Recommend
I recommend you think of this word as the equivalent of commending all over again: re+commend. That would be recommendable.
81. Wrong Spelling: Refered
Correct Spelling: Referred
Final consonants are often doubled before suffixes for instance in remit: remitted, remitting. This rule applies also to “referred” but not “traveled,” and”buffered.”
82. Wrong Spelling: Refrence
Correct Spelling: Reference
If Nigerians pronounce this word well it will not be misspelled.
83. Wrong Spelling: Rellevant
Correct Spelling: Relevant
There has never been a double “L,” to this word. Where did Nigerians get this error from?
84. Wrong Spelling: Resturant
Correct Spelling: Restaurant
You visit one every day, so do well to memorize the correct spelling.
85. Wrong Spelling: Resucitate
Correct Spelling: Resuscitate
Please take not of the “SC.”
86. Wrong Spelling: Seperate
Correct Spelling: Separate
How do you separate the “e”s from the “a”s in this word? Simple: the “a”s are surrounded by the “e”s.
87. Wrong Spelling: Sherrif
Correct Spelling: Sheriff
This is another confusing one. It has one “r” and two “f”, and not vice versa.
88. Wrong Spelling: Shcool
Correct Spelling: school
This misspelling is most times carried over from childhood. Its time to get it right.
89. Wrong Spelling: Shcedule
Correct Spelling: Schedule
If perfecting your spelling is on your schedule, remember the [sk] is spelled as in “school.”
90. Wrong Spelling: Sergent
Correct Spelling: Sergeant
“A” is needed in both syllables of this word and you can write your sergeant without fear of misspelling his rank. Cos a minor mistakes will make a huge difference.
91. Wrong Spelling: Soideir
Correct Spelling: Soldier
Truth be told, the pronunciation of this word is far from its spelling especially in the last syllabus, so take caution.
92. Wrong Spelling: Supercede
Correct Spelling: Supersede
This word supersedes all others in perversity. This is the only English word based on this stem spelled -sede.
93. Wrong Spelling: Ryhme
Correct Spelling: Rhyme
Actually, “rime” was the correct spelling until 1650. After that, the spelling was changed to something confusing hat looks like “rhythm.”
94. Wrong Spelling: Ryhythm
Correct Spelling: Rhythm
Most Nigerians spell anything for this word. It is always difficult to get the correct spelling if it hasn’t been mastered. So master it now.
95. Wrong Spelling: Threshhold
Correct Spelling: Threshold
It has two “h”s already. Do not add an extra.
96. Wrong Spelling: Twelveth
Correct Spelling: Twelfth
Being the twelfth child is obviously different from the number twelve.
97. Wrong Spelling: Untill
Correct Spelling: Until
One “l” is enough. The wrong spelling is obsolete.
98. Wrong Spelling: Vacum
Correct Spelling: Vacuum
Please do not create a vacuum by killing one “u.”
99. Wrong Spelling: Vocalbulary
Correct Spelling: Vocabulary
This word is connected to vocals but should not be spelled with the “l” in vocals.
100. Wrong Spelling: Wheather
Correct Spelling: Weather/Whether
Whether you like the weather or not, you have to be sure which word you are writing. It is either you are uncertain (whether) or you are caught in the cold weather.
101. Wrong Spelling: Wierd
Correct Spelling: Weird
This word appears weird if not correctly spelled. So look carefully to master the correct spelling. Good luck on being a better speller.
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