‘Definitely’ most commonly misspelt word by Brits

June 15th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 15 (ANI): A new study has shown that a majority of Brits find it difficult to properly spell the word ‘definitely’.

The 10-letter word of English language topped the list of commonly misspelt words as most of them mix up the second ‘I’ with an ‘A’.

The second place went to ’sacrilegious’, where people often get confused over whether it has an ‘E’ or ‘I’ in the middle.

Indict’, which is often misspelt as ‘indite’, came third followed by= ‘manoeuvre’ at the fourth place

Britons often face problems due to the proximity of the ‘O’ and ‘E’ to each other.

‘Bureaucracy’ was fifth, which is awkward because the inclusion of so many vowels.

‘Broccoli’, ‘phlegm’, ‘prejudice’, ‘consensus’ and ‘unnecessary’ wrapped up the top ten.

The survey led by www.OnePoll.com showed that nearly one in 10 thought ‘mortgage’ was spelt ‘morgauge’ and seven per cent often spell ’speech’ as ’speach’.

Moreover, 90 per cent couldn’t spell ‘diarrhoea’.

“So many of us can’t seem to spell,” the Telegraph quoted a spokesperson for market research company www.OnePoll.com as saying.

“Whether it is down to the structure of the word, or the frequency of use, there is no excuse not to learn how they are formed.

“And considering people judge others, yet don’t like their intelligence to be judged by how well they spell, they should up their game and pick up a dictionary,” the spokesperson added.

Top 10 misspelt words are:

1. Definitely 2. Sacrilegious 3. Indict 4. Manoeuvre 5. Bureaucracy 6. Broccoli 7. Phlegm 8. Prejudice 9. Consensus 10. Unnecessary (ANI)

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