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 common misspellings 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.











  • 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.