Okay people (and by people I mean anybody who has graduated elementary school), here’s your spelling/grammar lesson for today. Now, let’s stop misspelling these very common, my-3-year-old-cousin-already-knows-how-to-spell, everybody-learned-by-3rd-grade, should-know-by-now words. LOL

Here’s your 1st lesson:


But wait, there’s more! You have to continue your lesson with the other 9 sets of words so you can be and sound smarter in conversations. So get the rest by heading over toย The Oatmeal! You don’t wanna miss what I call a Guide for the Spelling-Challenged. ๐Ÿ™‚

FYIย – if you are that person who spells these words incorrectly, don’t fret (and for goodness sake, don’t be offended!). That’s what you have me for. Study ’em and be smarter! You’re welcome… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Other Misspelled Words

So in an effort to help you become even MORE smarter (double superlative for emphasis only – don’t do this at home LOL), check out this list of the 100 most often misspelled words in English. Enjoy!

Over to you…

What other words do you find adults often misspell or misuse? Add your feedback below!

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10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling!
  • Tamiko Cuellar

    Good list! That affect and effect still trips me up sometimes. And I’ll whose and who’s to your list. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, whose and who’s is another good pair!

  • The one that gets me is it’s and its; affect and effect. I’m going to print this blog post out and put it in my spiral. I need it as a reminder!


    • I think affect and effect get a lot of people. Once you know the rule behind it’s and its, you’ll know all the others possessives and their counterparts.

      Gone ‘head and hang it up girl! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Sarah

    I have to admit as many times as I see that infographic and as many times as I have been told I still get affect and effect mixed up. I might just have to print it out and tape it to my forehead just so I don’t forget!
    Thanks for the reminder!

    • I’ve seen this before too Sarah and you know sometimes some things just elude us (elude and allude is another set of words often used incorrectly ๐Ÿ™‚ ) But affect and effect is one of the sets that confuses a lot of us!

      By the way, you MUST send me a picture when you tape it to your forehead LOL


  • I like this post — alot!!! (LOLOL)

    ~I couldn’t help it: I’m the one who will misspell that word on purpose just because! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great list!

    • Girl, you are silly! At least you know the correct way as well…It’s one thing to know the difference but a whole ‘notha when people don’t and use it willy nilly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You are my SHERO for the day! People will be so casual about it. It’s just Facebook or Twitter. I know SHERO isn’t a formal name, just had to use it! LOL!

    • I’ll take SHERO any day Whitney! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Brilliant Kesha love it!

    • Thanks Jackie! Are these similar to common misspelled words in Australia or are there other specific ones? Curious minds wanna know ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Yep, its pretty much the common mistakes that get seen downunder too.

        You do tend to see a mix of usage in Australia though, as we’ve adopted both Brittish and US versions.

        Something common that you’ll find is dropping or adding “u” Behaviour/Behavior Colour/Color etc, so depending on which country you hail from will determine if you consider it a spelling mistake ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Liz

    Love this list! I have to sit on my hands to keep from saying something whenever my FB friends use the wrong word. However, these would not be misspelled words, because they are spelled correctly. They are misused words, because they are used in the wrong context. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I can see that stance too Liz – you sitting on your hands so you won’t say anything! I do the same thing so I know what you mean. Most of the time these days, we can only hope that their children aren’t picking up those same habits! Or what will our future be with a bunch of folks who can’t spell basic words???

      I tell people to correct me and don’t mind it. Just don’t leave me looking or sounding crazy! So you now have been tasked with the same ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Dawn

    This is great..I can’t stand when people misspell words like they are uneducated fools! lol..one I have been seeing so much lately is should of, would of, and could of…UGH it’s should’ve, would’ve, and could’ve!

    • Uneducated fools – LOL

      Dawn, thanks for making me laugh. So glad you stopped in and hope to see you back soon ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Dave

    Good article, but ‘anyday’ is not one word. Sometimes anymore is, and sometimes it is two words. Is there any more milk? We’re not gonna take it anymore!
    Another one is to and too. So many people use to when they should use too, and I’ve seen a few use too when they should’ve used to.
    There’s another one: should’ve, would’ve, could’ve, not should of, would of, or could of.
    It might also be noted that ‘whether’ is used only once in a comparison, not twice, as in the song “I Gotta Be Me.”

    • I was gonna ask where ‘anyday’ was but found it! Thanks for the correction ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You mentioned some really good ones too. I just thought about another one – irregardless. I cringe when I hear that (non)word. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Speaking of hearing, that’s another one – hear and here… LOL As we keep talking, we’ll have a whole bunch to list!


  • GrannyM

    Very good list. There are many others that people confuse. The one I would add is stationary/stationery. The way to remember is the phrase ‘stAy in plAce’ the A’s are a reminder that the one with the ‘a’ means standing still or not moving. Stationery is the stuff you write letters on!

    • Wow, that is an awesome way to remember that set – can’t wait to share that one! Thank you!


  • I’m always self-conscious and worried that I’ll make mistakes since I grew up in very rural area where grammar was not exactly important to most people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Confusing fewer and less is a big pet peeve of mine. Oh, and confusing good and well, though my gut reaction when someone asks me how I am doing is still to reply, “Good!”

    More than spelling/grammar mistakes, it bothers me when people (especially bloggers) jump on buzzwords or phrases, like “engaging” people on social media is a big one or for a long time it was “content is king” (though I am seeing that less often). For some reason, that always bugs the heck out of me!

  • Here are my most misspelled words:

    Your & You’re
    Its & It’s



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