Often Misused or Misspelled Words

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“Often Misused or Misspelled Words” by Joan Y. Edwards

It is frustrating to read an article and see words misused or misspelled. However, it does happen, even to the best of us. You find them when you are editing your work. Here are a couple of exercises and few links to help you discover a few words to look out for:
Here is a short paragraph with 10  misused and misspelled words. Can you find them?
Exercise 1 – Find the misused words and correct them.
  1. Betty ran down the street to the capital building.
  2. Ronald could go accept he didn’t have his running shoes on.
  3. Sarah emigrated into Italy.
  4. Finding the child alive was the climatic time of the movie.
  5. “Thank you for the complement, ” said Jeff.
Misused Words
  1. “10 Most Commonly Misused Words” https://www.mic.com/articles/31309/10-most-commonly-misused-words
  2. HitBullseye.com. “List of Confusing Words” https://www.hitbullseye.com/Vocab/List-Confusing-Words.php 
  3. Inc.com. “15 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Silly:” https://www.inc.com/brian-de-haaff/15-misused-words-that-make-smart-people-look-silly.html
  4. Touro Education. “Commonly Misused Words”
Exercise 2: Find the misspelled words and spell them correctly.
  1. The zoo staff was excited to get a new giraff.
  2.  Mother made sourcrout for supper.
  3. The flood caused a delima.
  4. “Lier, lier, pants on fire,” is a children’s rhyme.
  5. The little chiwawa barked mightily.
Most Misspelled Words
  1. “100 Commonly Misspelled Words:” https://www.englishclub.com/spelling/misspellings.php
  2. “Misspelled Words in the U.S.” https://www.daytranslations.com/blog/misspelled-words-in-us/
I hope this post added a smile to your face. Please leave a comment sharing a word you have misused or misspelled. I have misused, it’s and its.
Enjoy your day being yourself. It’s much better than pretending to be someone else.


Joan Y. Edwards. “Writing Errors – Commas, Misspellings, No Fatal Flaw Pet Words” https://joanyedwards.com/writing-errors-commas-misspellings-no-fatal-flaw-pet-words/

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8 thoughts on “Often Misused or Misspelled Words”

  1. The two words that annoy me when they’re misused are regimen and regime. (spelled them correctly?) LOL🙄

    Thank you for this post!

    1. Dear Joan Reid,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for sharing the words that annoy you when they are misspelled. That makes reading your comments really special to me. Thank you for being a loyal reader, and leaving comments.

      Never give up!
      With love,

  2. Dear Joan,
    What irks me is grammar mistakes, such as, “between you and I.”
    I also do not like to see the word, “manse,” misused. It’s not short for “mansion;” it’s the house of a minister.
    Thanks for the interesting post.

    1. Dear Barbara,
      Thank you for writing and sharing what irks you are grammar mistakes in writing! I agree that the mistakes you shared aggravate me, too.
      You’re welcome for this post. You’ve given me thoughts about doing a post on grammar mistakes!

      Enjoy being you
      Never Give Up

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