15 Most Misspelled English Words Infographic

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Spell Checker Infographic

If you don’t think checking your writing for spelling errors is that important, think again. This infographic, created by Grammer.net, proves why using spellchecker is one of the most important parts of the writing process. English is influenced by every major language on Earth, including some that aren’t even used anymore, so spelling is bound to cause frustration. Our headstrong language does have rules, but not all words abide by them. The old “I before E, except after C”, for instance, was discarded when the exceptions were found to outnumber the words that followed it. Einstein might have chuckled, having broken it twice with just his name.

Nothing makes a writer look more like a yokel than a page full of misspelled words, and if that page happens to be a resume, the results will be disastrous. Once upon a time, spelling boiled down to memorization, but in this age of computers, as the infographic suggests, spell check is an easy fix.

Let’s move to the grading segment.

Design: A

Sleek. Elegant. Snazzy. Clean. These are the words that fill my head when I look at this graphic. It delivers strongly on several fronts.

Content: A

You asked for “just the facts, m’am.” You got ’em. Using bars that draw you in to read the content, the graphic shows the incorrect spelling of a word followed by the correct spelling. Who could ask for anything more?

8 Comments on “15 Most Misspelled English Words Infographic”

  1. 1 Yehudit said at 4:43 am on January 30th, 2011:

    “Behaviour” is incorrect only in American English; “iour” is correct for U.K. English.

    I still say that “all right” is correct, regardless of the long-term common usage of “alright”.

  2. 2 pakdezaki said at 11:49 am on January 30th, 2011:

    #Thanks Yehudit,
    I understand know, if english have two difference. American English and UK English. Coz I am from Indonesia

  3. 3 Geoff Holman said at 1:05 pm on January 30th, 2011:

    Thank goodness for spell checker. Personally, I usually spell behavior wrong most of the time.

  4. 4 Lindy said at 8:05 am on January 31st, 2011:

    Oh Geoff, don’t trust your spell checker …it will let you down…to wit:

    Spelling Poem

    Eye halve a spelling chequer
    It came with my pea sea
    It plainly marques four my revue
    Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

    Eye strike a key and type a word
    And weight four it two say
    Weather eye am wrong oar write
    It shows me strait a weigh.

    As soon as a mist ache is maid
    It nose bee fore two long
    And eye can put the error rite
    Its rare lea ever wrong.

    Eye have run this poem threw it
    I am shore your pleased two no
    Its letter perfect awl the weigh
    My chequer tolled me sew.

    author unknown

  5. 5 Brian said at 6:35 pm on January 31st, 2011:

    I don’t think that’s an apostrophe, though. I think it needs to be rotated 180 degrees.

  6. 6 Norah Wilson said at 9:38 pm on March 17th, 2011:

    As has been pointed out, “behaviour” is not really incorrect. It’s a variant. In the rest of the English-speaking world, I suspect it’s viewed as the correct spelling, and “behavior” the variant.

  7. 7 Facto said at 5:20 pm on April 12th, 2011:

    I suppose it’s been said hundreds of times, but behaviour is the correct spelling, I guess that’s why it says there’s a UK version on the right side. However most Americans would consider words like ‘centre, metre, litre, armour, colour, fibre, alluminium, encyclopaedia or onomatopoeia’ to be SPELT wrong. Isn’t it?

  8. 8 Anastasia said at 10:23 am on January 16th, 2012:

    Hello from Hungary!

    I learnt English as a second language in school, maybe because we should memorize every word, I write these words correctly.

    I also agree with Geoff. Spell checker is essential tool.

    Have a nice day! :)