The most common misspellings: Tips and tricks for tackling the tricky English langauge

It’s an ironic calamity that “misspell” is one of the 100 most commonly misspelled words—but here we are. Due to linguistic evolution and borrowing from other languages, American English spelling isn’t the easiest thing in the world to master. Here is a list of the most common misspellings and a few tricks to avoid the traps.

Common misspellings A-Z


Accidentally:   Think of the adjective first, then add –ly.

All right:          Two words. It will not be all right if you use “alright.” (Some linguists now debate that the slang version “alright” may be gaining more acceptance in both American and British English, but it may be best to avoid when in doubt.) Read more