‘Separate’ - the most commonly misspelt word in English language

August 7th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 7 (ANI): A new study has found that ’separate’ is the most commonly misspelt word in the English language.

The eight-letter word came top due to the regular placing of an ‘E’ where the first ‘A’ sits.

Second in the list was ‘definitely’, which often falls victim to a string of mistakes including mixing up the second ‘I’ with an ‘A’. Another common error is dropping the final ‘E’.

The market research company www.OnePoll.com carried out the study of 3,500 Britons.

‘There seem to be some words which we always struggle to get down onto paper, and ’separate’ is one of those which eludes us,” the Telegraph quoted the spokesperson of the company as saying.

‘A common mistake many make is writing a word the way it sounds which leaves us muddling up one letter with another and getting it wrong.

‘Fortunately, computers’ spell-check corrects wrongly spelt words for us, but that means we become lazy and never learn the correct spelling.

‘There’s no excuse not to learn how words are formed - it’s drilled into us from such a young age and if the words are frequently used we should make a conscious effort to get it right next time.

‘The fact we judge other people’s intelligence by their written word, yet don’t like to be judged ourselves, means we should all pick up a dictionary once in a while,” the spokesperson said.

It has also emerged that one in six people often spell words so incorrectly that their PC is unable to recognise the word.
Two out of three admitted using spell-check on computers has made them lazy while writing letters or notes by hand.

One in five blamed predictive text messaging for their bad spelling.

But despite the frequency of errors, most (77 per cent) believed that their spelling is either ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

The study also found 46 per cent judge other people on their spelling, with 27 per cent admitting they believe people who cannot spell are ‘thick’.

One in five said it was their belief the art of spelling was something ‘you just learn in school’. (ANI)

Top 20 misspelt words:

1. Separate
2. Definitely
3. Manoeuvre
4. Embarrass
5. Occurrence
6. Consensus
7. Unnecessary
8. Acceptable
9. Broccoli
10. Referred
11. Bureaucracy
12. Supersede
13. Questionnaire
14. Connoisseur
15. A lot
16. Entrepreneur
17. Particularly
18. Liquify
19. Conscience
20. Parallel

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