350 Commonly Misspelled Words: Wikipedia Has A List

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Three hundred and fifty (350). According to who? Where is this list coming from?

My source is Wikipedia. And who is Wikipedia using for a source?


I’ll add the references at the bottom of the page. What is interesting, more than memorising these 350 words, is finding out what causes these words to be spelled incorrectly.

That way, a speller can be cautious. So, here are the reasons below:

1. Mispronunciation – Make sure you have understood the word correctly. Ask for an alternate pronunciation.

2. Homophones – “right” and “write”. Ask for a definition.

What other causes can you find?


“100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English”, LoveToKnow, Corp., December 2008, webpage: YDict.

“Canadian, British and American Spelling”, LukeMastin.com, December 2008, webpage: LM-spelling.

“Canadian, British and American Spelling: Some Commonly Misspelled Words”, LukeMastin.com, December 2008, webpage: LM-misspelled.

“Merriam-Webster Online” (results for misspelling as “concensus”), Merriam-Webster, 2008, webpage: MW-concensus.

“200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words (Part 1)”, Richard Nordquist, About.com, December 2008, webpage: Aboutcom-misspelled-A.

“200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words (Part 2)”, Richard Nordquist, About.com, December 2008, webpage: Aboutcom-misspelled-B.

“200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words (Part 3)”, Richard Nordquist, About.com, December 2008, webpage: Aboutcom-misspelled-C.

About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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