Most common misspellings in English

List of the most misspelled words in English

Below you will find a list of the most common misspellings in the English language.



Most misspelled words in English – the list

The correctly spelled version of the word you will find to the left, and you will find the misspelled version to the right in the list of the most misspelled words in English. The words are listed in no particular order.

  • absence – absense, absance
  • acceptable – acceptible
  • accidentally/accidently – accidentaly
  • accommodate – accomodate, acommodate
  • achieve – acheive
  • acknowledge – acknowlege, aknowledge
  • acquaintance – acquaintence, aquaintance
  • acquire – aquire, adquire
  • acquit – aquit
  • acreage – acrage, acerage
  • address – adress
  • adultery – adultary
  • advisable – adviseable, advizable
  • affect – effect
  • aggression – agression
  • aggressive – agressive
  • allegiance – allegaince, allegience, alegiance
  • almost – allmost
  • a lot – alot (must be two words)
  • amateur – amatuer, amature
  • annually – anually, annualy
  • apparent – apparant, aparent
  • arctic – artic
  • argument – arguement
  • atheist – athiest
  • awful – awfull, aweful
  • because – becuase
  • becoming – becomeing
  • beginning – begining
  • believe – beleive
  • bellwether – bellweather
  • buoy/buoyant – bouy/bouyant
  • business – buisness


  • calendar – calender
  • camouflage – camoflage, camoflague
  • capitol – capital (both words exist, but are distinct)
  • Caribbean – Carribean
  • category – catagory
  • caught – cauhgt, caugt
  • cemetery – cemetary, cematery
  • changeable – changable
  • chief – cheif
  • colleague – collaegue, collegue
  • collectible – collectable
  • column – colum
  • coming – comming
  • committed – commited, comitted
  • concede – conceed
  • congratulate – congradulate
  • conscientious – consciencious
  • conscious – concious, consious
  • consensus – concensus
  • controversy – contraversy
  • coolly – cooly
  • daiquiri – dacquiri, daquiri
  • deceive – decieve
  • definite – definate, definit
  • definitely – definitly, definately, defiantly
  • desperate – desparate
  • difference – diffrence
  • dilemma – dilema
  • disappoint – disapoint
  • disastrous – disasterous
  • drunkenness – drunkeness
  • dumbbell – dumbell


  • embarrass – embarass
  • equipment – equiptment (wrong in numerous webpages)
  • exceed – excede
  • exhilarate – exilerate
  • existence – existance
  • experience – experiance
  • extreme – extreem
  • fascinating – facinating
  • fiery – firey
  • fluorescent – flourescent
  • foreign – foriegn
  • friend – freind
  • fulfil – fullfil (American: fulfill)
  • gauge – guage
  • grateful – gratefull, greatful
  • guarantee – garantee, garentee, garanty
  • guidance – guidence
  • harass – harrass
  • height – heighth, heigth
  • hierarchy – heirarchy
  • hors d’oeuvres – hors derves, ordeurves
  • humorous – humerous
  • hygiene – hygene, hygine, hiygeine, higeine, hygeine
  • hypocrisy/hypocrite – hipocrit


  • ignorance – ignorence
  • imitate – immitate
  • immediately – imediately
  • independent – independant
  • indispensable – indispensible
  • inoculate – innoculate
  • intelligence – inteligence, intelligance
  • jewelry (UK: jewellery) – jewelery
  • judgment – judgement (issue in the U.S.)
  • kernel – kernal, distinct from homophone colonel


  • leisure – liesure
  • liaison – liason
  • library – libary, liberry
  • license – lisence (US always license, UK noun licence)
  • lightning – lightening
  • lose – loose
  • maintenance – maintainance, maintnance
  • medieval – medeval, medevil, mideval
  • memento – momento
  • millennium – millenium, milennium
  • miniature – miniture
  • minuscule – miniscule
  • mischievous – mischievious, mischevous, mischevious (The spelling “mischievious” and the corresponding pronunciation are still considered non-standard despite being current and existing since at least the 16th century.)
  • misspell – mispell, misspel
  • necessary – neccessary, necessery
  • niece – neice
  • neighbor – nieghbor
  • noticeable – noticable
  • occasion – occassion
  • occasionally – occasionaly, occassionally
  • occurrence – occurrance, occurence
  • occurred – occured
  • omission – ommision, omision
  • original – orignal
  • outrageous – outragous


  • parliament – parliment
  • pastime – passtime, pasttime
  • perceive – percieve
  • perseverance – perseverence
  • personnel – personell, personel
  • plagiarize – plagerize
  • playwright – playright, playwrite
  • possession – posession, possesion
  • potatoes – potatos
  • precede – preceed
  • presence – presance
  • principle – principal
  • privilege – privelege, priviledge
  • professor – professer
  • promise – promiss
  • pronunciation – pronounciation
  • proof – prufe
  • prophecy (as noun) – prophesy (valid as verb)
  • publicly – publically
  • quarantine – quarentine
  • queue – que (from Bar-B-Que)
  • questionnaire – questionaire, questionnair


  • readable – readible
  • really – realy
  • receive – recieve
  • receipt – reciept
  • recommend – recomend, reccommend
  • referred – refered
  • reference – referance, refrence
  • relevant – relevent, revelant
  • religious – religous, religius
  • repetition – repitition
  • restaurant – restarant, restaraunt
  • rhyme – rime, ryme
  • rhythm – rythm, rythem
  • secretary – secratary, secretery
  • seize – sieze
  • separate – seperate
  • sergeant – sargent
  • similar – similer
  • skilful – skilfull (American: skillful)
  • speech – speach, speeche (archaic)
  • successful – succesful, successfull, sucessful
  • supersede – supercede
  • surprise – suprise, surprize


  • their – there, they’re
  • tomatoes – tomatos
  • tomorrow – tommorrow
  • twelfth – twelth
  • tyranny – tyrany
  • underrate – underate
  • until – untill
  • upholstery – upholstry
  • usable/useable – usible
  • vacuum – vaccuum, vaccum, vacume
  • vehicle – vehical
  • vicious – visious
  • weather – wether
  • weird – wierd
  • welfare – wellfare, welfair
  • whether – wether
  • wilful – wilfull (American: willful)
  • withhold – withold
  • writing – writting, writeing

A list of the most misspelled words in the English language. A list of the most common misspellings – by Spellhow.com.