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Easily misspelt words
(or, Easily misspelled words)
Lists of words that people commonly misspell

Top 100 lists (UK)

100 words most commonly misspelt by primary children (UK, primary)

Top 100 Misspelt Words in English (UK)

Top 100 lists (US)

Spelling Demons (US)

100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English (US)
(The next 150 are listed as 150 More Often Misspelled Words in English)

100 Most Commonly Misspelled Words (US)
Includes tips on spelling the words correctly. *(Site unavailable August 8 2018)

Top 100 lists (Australia)

100 Words Most Commonly Misspelt by Year 9 and 10 Students - in ALPHABETICAL order (Australia, high school)

100 Words Most Commonly Misspelt by Year 9 and 10 Students - in ERROR order (Australia, high school)


Lists of commonly misspelled words, with notes

Commonly Misspelled Words (UK)
From AskOxford: "Here are some commonly misspelled words with explanatory notes to help you learn to spell them correctly."

Common Spelling Errors (UK)
With notes. Very similar to the previous list from Oxford University Press.

Top ten list of words most often misspelled and how to remember them (US)
(Archived page.) Includes memory tips to consider.

The Most Often Misspelled Words in English (US)
Includes memory tips to consider.



Other top lists (UK)

150 More Often Misspelled Words in English (US)
(The first 100 are listed as 100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English)

OnePoll's Top 20 Misspelt Words (UK)
Telegraph article. Download list [Word]

TextTrust's Top 50 Spelling Mistakes (UK)
Two lists - alphabetical, and in order of difficulty.

Other top lists (US)

The 201 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English (US)
Includes some tests based on some of the words.

Everyday Words that are Commonly Misspelled (US)
A list of 490 words. Includes a link to a printable version.

Documented list of common misspellings (about 350) (Wikipedia)

Over 500 of the Most Frequently Misspelled Words in the English Language [pdf] (US)
In alphabetical order.

A Study of Some of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words (US)
Based on searching posts to the old Usenet groups.

Other top lists (Canada)

240 Common Spelling Mistakes in English (Canada)
In alphabetical order. Some words are examples of misuse rather than misspelling.

Other top lists (Australia)

Frequently Misspelt Words [pdf] (Australia, TAFE)
List of 130 words.

Commonly Misspelt Words (Australia, adults) (ARCHIVED VERSION)
Click on the link to the spreadsheet file(Misspelt words.xls) for the list to load. Contains 165 words.

Other top lists (NZ)

Words we commonly misspell (156) (NZ)
(Archived page.) Note the useful link to variant spellings.



Special topics lists

BLOGS: 10 Most Misspelled Words in Blogs (US)

FOOD: The Top 10 Most Commonly Misspelled Food Words (US)
An analysis of the typed searches by users of an online restaurant.

RESUMES: Commonly Misspelled Words in Resumes (US)
(Archived page.) From the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training: "an alphabetized table of words that are commonly misspelled on resumes, cover letters, application forms, tests and various other documents."

TECHNICAL WRITING: Words that are Commonly Misspelled in Technical Writing (US)
Mainly science and mathematics words.


Infographics of misspelled word lists

Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling (by The Oatmeal)
Includes rules or handy hints, and examples of correct use.

15 Most Misspelled Words in English (US)

Causes of misspelling

Commonly misspelled words - common causes of the misspellings (Wikipedia)
Mispronunciation, typing errors, homophones, personal names, foreign writers, strange misspellings, apostrophes.

Misspelling Words: Top 5 Reasons (raise
Mispronunciation, poor enunciation, adding a syllable, omitting a sound, substituting a sound, hasty reading, failing to note the correct spelling, words being rare or unusual.

Reasons for Misspelling Words (
Scroll down to the bottom.



For fun - cartoons

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