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post #1 of 48
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What word(s) do you have trouble spelling every time? We all have them. Now's the time to own up to it. Without spell checking.

Mine?

Priviledge. Er,
Privelidge. Er,
Privilege

yeah. Privilege.
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post #2 of 48
Necessery.
Neccesery.
Nessessery.

Um, Necessary.
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post #3 of 48
Probibily
Probabily
Oh thats right probably.

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post #4 of 48
Parrellel. Parallel?

Personel (the one that means staff) Personelle. Personnel.

Satellite. Oh, I guess I've learned that one finally. It seems to be double consonant words that trip me up most.

Posting here with spell check on has actually made me a better speller since I get instant feedback. Unfortunately, it has driven me utterly mad.
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post #5 of 48
Wierd.
post #6 of 48
teh

 

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post #7 of 48
while i wrangled this word many years ago, it seems the one i see most often spelled incorrectly is "definitely"

somehow people get "lose" and "loose" mixed up too.

i often have trouble spelling "Monastery" and "separate"
post #8 of 48
separate

occassionally
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post #9 of 48
Definitely

I always just type what ever and right click and chose the top spelling which happens to be

defiantly

Doh.
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post #10 of 48
Seperate or Separate

Leery or leary

Some adverb forms where I wonder if the vowel before the -ly has changed.

I never forget Eucalyptus because I got that wrong in the 5th grade spelling bee.
post #11 of 48
Oh yea privilege is evil. That's one of those words that when I try to spell it, even the spell check doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about to make a suggestion.

But mine is exaggerate. It's a 50-50 chance whether I put two gs or twos rs. Sometimes I'll throw in two of each just to be safe.

This isn't so much a spelling error, but why is it that every time I try to type ratio, I put an 'n' on the end and it comes out ration.

Also for some weird reason I always forget the u in favourite and colour.

Oh and I always want to put the u in restaurant after the second 'a' rather than the first.
post #12 of 48
I used to no be able to spell "apologize". Sometimes a double "p", or an "a" after the "l". I got so sick of right-clicking to correct the spelling I decided to remember how to spell it.
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post #13 of 48
The other day I had a problem with...

phenomonal
phenominal
phenomenal

Sheesh.
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post #14 of 48
Onomatopoeia. Gets me every time.
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post #15 of 48
I also find myself typing the wrong form of the same sounding word:

they're, their, and there
it's and its
to, too, and two

I *know* what the appropriate uses are, yet my fingers type the wrong one.
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post #16 of 48
Quote:
Originally posted by CosmoNut
I also find myself typing the wrong form of the same sounding word:

they're, their, and there
it's and its
to, too, and two

I *know* what the appropriate uses are, yet my fingers type the wrong one.

Yeah I do that too. I think it's because people tend to think phonologically rather than visually - when we think, we "talk" to ourselves, rather than seeing words written out in front of us. The primary theory of dyslexia is that dyslexics have trouble sounding out words mentally. So I suppose the fact that we misspell homonyms means that we don't have dyslexia.
post #17 of 48
Fundamnetalist, or is it fundamenetalist?

I must be allergic to the thing, or something.
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post #18 of 48
inconvinience and sincerly.
post #19 of 48
In the typing error catagorey, uh catagory, category, , I seem to be constitutionally incapable of typing "from" without first typing "form". My own little teh, I guess.
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post #20 of 48
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Originally posted by addabox
In the typing error catagorey, uh catagory, category, , I seem to be constitutionally incapable of typing "from" without first typing "form". My own little teh, I guess.

That's where ctrl+t can be your friend (place the cursor between the "o" and "r" in "form" and press ctrl+t and POOF! The letters are switched!
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post #21 of 48
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Originally posted by midwinter
That's where ctrl+t can be your friend (place the cursor between the "o" and "r" in "form" and press ctrl+t and POOF! The letters are switched!

What? Waht? Holy Shit! Why wasn't I informed about this sooner? hWy wsan't I infomred aobut thsi sonoer?

Wheeeeeeeeee!
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post #22 of 48
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Once, when I was teaching, I told the story of a friend of mine from college. Big biker guy. He had

H I P P O C R A C Y

tattooed in 3 inch letters down the length of his arm. I wrote it on the board like that and told them that no one had the heart to tell him it was misspelled.

And then I started to spell it correctly, and realized that it was one of those words I can never spell properly.

Hypocrysy

Grr!

Hipocrisy

Grr!

Hypocrisy
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post #23 of 48
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Originally posted by midwinter
Once, when I was teaching, I told the story of a friend of mine from college. Big biker guy. He had

H I P P O C R A C Y

tattooed in 3 inch letters down the length of his arm. I wrote it on the board like that and told them that no one had the heart to tell him it was misslepped.

And then I started to spell it correctly, and realized that it was one of those words I can never spell properly.

Hypocrysy

Grr!

Hipocrisy

Grr!

Hypocrisy

Uh, maybe he believed in being governed by hippos. Hippocracy.
post #24 of 48
intusception hmmmmm noooo

intucesseption hmmmmm nooo


intussesception yea that's it

i'm glad my transcriptionist knows how and i have spell check

i also have that "i before e except after c stuff"
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post #25 of 48
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Originally posted by NOFEER
intusception hmmmmm noooo

intucesseption hmmmmm nooo


intussesception yea that's it

i'm glad my transcriptionist knows how and i have spell check

i also have that "i before e except after c stuff"

Um? Interception?
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post #26 of 48
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Originally posted by midwinter
Um? Interception?

no..... it's a medical term where the bowel telescopes into itself sort of like when you pull off your socks. it's seen mostly in infants and causes obstruction and bloody diarrhea . you try to treat it first with a barium enema, to see if you can unfold it, if not it's off to surgery. i've always had trouble with that but i can't spell worth beans, can't balance my checkbook so i just transcribe everything and use online banking with quicken. i'm dependent on technology. but then how much energy do you spend trying to overcome these things, hey i could never figure out how to program my vcr let alone it's clock, but that's why there is tivo and dvr.
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post #27 of 48
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Originally posted by NOFEER
no..... it's a medical term where the bowel telescopes into itself sort of like when you pull off your socks. it's seen mostly in infants and causes obstruction and bloody diarrhea . you try to treat it first with a barium enema, to see if you can unfold it, if not it's off to surgery.

You just made all that up.
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post #28 of 48
let's switch this up...

what words do you spell correctly, that microsoft words does not.

I will start...

quinones.

i am not talking about quinine you piece of shit hopping mac classic....
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post #29 of 48
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Originally posted by NOFEER
no..... it's a medical term where the bowel telescopes into itself sort of like when you pull off your socks. it's seen mostly in infants and causes obstruction and bloody diarrhea . you try to treat it first with a barium enema, to see if you can unfold it, if not it's off to surgery. i've always had trouble with that but i can't spell worth beans, can't balance my checkbook so i just transcribe everything and use online banking with quicken. i'm dependent on technology. but then how much energy do you spend trying to overcome these things, hey i could never figure out how to program my vcr let alone it's clock, but that's why there is tivo and dvr.

Well.

I think that counts as one of the more horrifying explications of a misspelling I've come across.
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post #30 of 48
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Originally posted by Outsider
Uh, maybe he believed in being governed by hippos. Hippocracy.

post #31 of 48
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Originally posted by addabox
Well.

I think that counts as one of the more horrifying explications of a misspelling I've come across.

these are usually under 4months old and the parents are freaking out
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post #32 of 48
this is only while typing, but anything ending in "-ing" takes special effort for me not to transpose the "n" and "g" (like "anythign"). i have no idea why this happens.
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post #33 of 48
Possess and ridiculous.

And parallel.
post #34 of 48
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Originally posted by NOFEER
these are usually under 4months old and the parents are freaking out

intussesception

had one last night at 11pm did the enema and cleared it. this child had the same thing 3 weeks ago, off to a peds surgical specialist. first time in my career for a repeat.
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post #35 of 48
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Originally posted by BRussell

Also for some weird reason I always forget the u in favourite and colour.

Umm, going by the "Rockie Mountains," you are on the wrong side of the Atlantic to put the u in "favorite" and "color."

What gets me is the change from "judgement," as an acceptable spelling in Webster's tenth edition, to the eleventh edition which only lists "judgment."

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post #36 of 48
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Originally posted by midwinter
That's where ctrl+t can be your friend (place the cursor between the "o" and "r" in "form" and press ctrl+t and POOF! The letters are switched!

OMG this is the best tip ever!
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post #37 of 48
What I HATE is when I look up a word and the dictionary says: "Both accepted."

Examples: benefitted/benefited; ambience/ambiance

Why can't they take a stand? Why are they so lily-livered that just because SO many people spell something incorrectly, the incorrect spelling suddenly becomes acceptable. Grrrr.

I find this dilemma highly annoying. Why? Well, for example, I wrote a fairly scathing letter to my boss a few years ago that included the word "benefitted". I had looked it up, the dictionary waffled, refused to make an effing commitment, said both benefitted and benefited were acceptable. I chose the double "t" version, and discovered later that my boss spelled it 'benefited', so he undoubtedly thought I had spelled the word incorrectly. *sigh*

There are actually quite a few of these words, though I can only think of the above two at the moment.

I always used to have trouble with the "r" problem in words like offered, referred, suffered, etc. I *shouldn't* have had the problem, but I never trusted myself with them. I must have looked up the word "offered" 250 times over the course of time. Even now, I feel a certain discomfort as I look at it, though I am *sure* I've spelled it correctly. eek.

Let's see - allegedly; illegible; eligible; obsess; illegal;
accommodate; and a ton of others. \

Spelling bee word I missed in grade school = quack.
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post #38 of 48
gouvernment
governement
government
gouvernement
whatever.
I guess that's what you get when a word is spelled more or less the same in different languages, but not exactly.
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post #39 of 48
thing is, i think i would spell all of these perfectly if you asked me to spell them out loud, but typing them is where i screw up. i wonder if that's because of qwerty layouts or something else?

hmmmm....
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post #40 of 48
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, screws me up every time.
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