This week, I set out to answer a simple question: What are the most difficult words to spell in the English language?
I quickly discovered that I should re-frame the question: What are the most difficult, commonly used words in the English language?
There are plenty of obscure, impossible-to-spell words. These are words used at national spelling bees, such as stichomythia or succedaneum. However, when was the last time you used “succedaneum” in a press release?
Below is a collection of commonplace words that people misspell the most, based on a consensus from online dictionaries (Oxford Dictionaries, Merriam-Webster and Wordnik), writing websites (Purdue Online Writing Lab and Plainlanguage.gov) and PR Daily articles:
What other commonly used words have you often seen misspelled, PR Daily readers?
Laura Hale Brockway is writer and editor from Austin, Texas. She is also the author of the writing/editing/random-thoughts blog, Impertinent Remarks. This article was previously published on PR Daily in September 2016.