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What words do you always misspell?

Asked by Josh Board

March 18, 2009

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Amanda Salas

From El Cajon (Veterinarian)

I always misspell “deciduous.” I use that word when I’m talking about teeth extractions. I usually spell it “-ious” instead of “-uous.” When I was a kid, I used to always misspell “Tennessee” on spelling things. Now I sometimes deal with a dog that has that name. I’m always looking up how to spell them both.

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Ray DeCandia

From La Mesa (Business Owner)

My misspelled word would be “definitely.” It’s strange because I like the word “define,” and I use it a lot. So I think “definitely” should be like an extension of that, but I always seem to mess it up. Oh, the word “proportionate.” I hate that one, too. I feel weird if I misspell words, even in a casual email. My friends give me a hard time about that. I hate when people use all caps. That drives me nuts. But I hate misspelling those two words because I’m a good speller, damn it!

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Ashley Thrash

From Mission Valley (Student)

I misspell the word “definitely” often. I’m sure other people do, too. That’s probably a common one. I can’t think of many other words I misspell on a regular basis. Oh, “surprise.” That gets me sometimes. Those words that have the extra r in there. I’ll forget exactly how they’re spelled.

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Virginia Kirkpatrick

From Whittier (Aerospace Company)

I get “receive” wrong. It’s that whole “i before e” thing. I don’t always misspell that, though. But I notice when I’m texting on my phone, it’s always correcting me on that one. Now that I think about it…there aren’t many other words that I misspell that often. Or maybe I just don’t realize I’m spelling them wrong.

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Scott Cummings

From La Mesa (Real Estate)

I sometimes misspell “appraisal.” And I work in real estate, so that’s probably a weird one for me to get wrong. Of course, the word always comes up. I don’t think I misspell that many words anymore. As a kid, I don’t remember the words that I got stuck on.

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Butch Rosser

From Chula Vista (Deejay)

I’m probably the worst person you can ask that question. When it comes to spelling, I’m really anal. It can be a casual email or when I’m texting someone. I had a friend say they always know when the text is from me because it has actual words and not just abbreviations. I’m always trying to be grammatically correct. I guess I don’t want my English teacher rolling over. Last night I was drinking, and it took me five minutes longer to send out a text because I wanted everything spelled properly.

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