Quiz: Can You Spell These 35 Tricky Words?
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Can You Spell These 35 Tricky Words?
By: Becky
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About This Quiz

Were you a shoo-in for the annual spelling bee in school? Do you still pride yourself on being able to spell even the most difficult words? If you think you can hang with the national spelling champs, take this quiz.

Let's begin with the misspelling of the word misspell. Did you know that misspell is often misspelled? If you didn't, you might be in trouble. Too many people spell misspell with only one "s," as in "mispell," when the word misspell actually has two "s"s. Confused? Don't be. Let's dig into the subject further.

Some of the most common spelling errors occur in the example above: misspell. Double letters can cause a great deal of confusion among writers. Another reason words are often misspelled is because of silent letters, as in the word pneumonia. We certainly don't pronounce the "p," now do we? But, let's get serious. If you can't spell the word misspell, and you need to write something such as, "That word is misspelled," simply change the sentence to "that word is not spelled correctly." Just avoid spelling the words you commonly misspell.

Whew! If we haven't completely confused you, take this quiz to find out how many of the commonly misspelled words you can identify.

1 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Well, that's not at all wierd.

The word "wierd" is incorrect. The correct spelling is "weird." In this instance, i does not come before e.

2 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She can no longer accomodate his lies.

The sentence should read: She can no longer accommodate his lies. The word "accommodate" is spelled incorrectly.

3 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Put your hankercheef in your pocket.

The sentence should read: Put your handkerchief in your pocket. The word "hankercheef" is spelled incorrectly.

4 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The jury voted to indite him for the crime.

The sentence should read: The jury voted to indict him for the crime. The word "indite" is spelled incorrectly.

5 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was buried at the local cemetary.

The sentence should read: She was buried at the local cemetery. The word "cemetary" is spelled incorrectly. There is no "a" in cemetery.

6 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? His career as a playwrite is over.

The sentence should read: His career as a playwright is over. Although playwrights do write, the spelling of "playwrite" is incorrect.

7 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? He strutted around like an Egyptian pharoah.

The sentence should read: He strutted around like an Egyptian pharaoh. The word "pharoah" is spelled incorrectly. It's a before o, not o before a.

8 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Her wishes superceded anything her children wanted.

The sentence should read: Her wishes superseded anything her children wanted. The word "superceded" is spelled incorrectly.

9 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was in ecstacy on the beach.

The sentence should read: She was in ecstasy on the beach. The word "ecstacy" is spelled incorrectly.

10 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? He wanted to live on a Carribean island.

The sentence should read: He wanted to live on a Caribbean island. The word "Carribean" is spelled incorrectly. Use two "b"s, not two "r"s.

11 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? It is not good to harrass people.

The sentence should read: It is not good to harass people. The word "harrass" is spelled incorrectly.

12 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Alaska has an artic climate.

The sentence should read: Alaska has an arctic climate. The word "artic" is spelled incorrectly.

13 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The incident occured on Wednesday.

The sentence should read: The incident occurred on Wednesday. The word "occured" is spelled incorrectly Use two "r"s.

14 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Her recomendation included good nutrition.

The sentence should read: Her recommendation included good nutrition. The word "recomendation" is spelled incorrectly.

15 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Your work expenses are no longer deductable.

The sentence should read: Your work expenses are no longer deductible. The word "deductable" is spelled incorrectly. Use an "i," not an "a."

16 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She found the pronounciation of the word difficult.

The sentence should read: She found the pronunciation of the word difficult. The word "pronounciation" is spelled incorrectly.

17 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Maintenence of your vehicle is of the utmost importance.

The sentence should read: Maintenance of your vehicle is of the utmost importance. The word "maintenence" is spelled incorrectly.

18 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She worked as a liason between the union and management.

The sentence should read: She worked as a liaison between the union and management. Don't forget the second "i" in the word "liaison."

19 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? He spent eight months convalencing after the stroke.

The sentence should read: He spent eight months convalescing after the stroke. The word "convalencing" is spelled incorrectly.

20 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The party was a welcome to the new millenium.

The sentence should read: The party was a welcome to the new millennium. The word "millenium" is spelled incorrectly. The word is spelled with two "l"s and two "n"s.

21 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She just could not get the rhythym right.

The sentence should read: She just could not get the rhythm right. The word "rhythym" is spelled incorrectly.

22 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? Her angry words weighed on her consience.

The sentence should read: Her angry words weighed on her conscience. The word "consience" is spelled incorrectly.

23 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The weird dream weighted on her mind.

The sentence should read: The weird dream weighed on her mind. The word "weighted" is spelled incorrectly. Although weighted is a word, the spelling of the word that means "to have importance" is "weighed."

24 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The internet is too full of mispelled words.

The sentence should read: The internet is full of misspelled words. It's easy to misspell the word misspelled.

25 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was admitted to the hospital because she had neumonia.

The sentence should read: She was admitted to the hospital because she had pneumonia. The "p" in pneumonia is silent.

26 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The friendly dog was a purebred Chihuaha.

The sentence should read: The friendly dog was a purebred Chihuahua. The word "Chiuhuaha" is spelled incorrectly.

27 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She told him that he was her angle.

The sentence should read: She told him that he was her angel. The word "angle" is spelled incorrectly. Although "angle" is a word, the word we're looking for here is "angel."

28 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The dinner cost a total of nintey dollars.

The sentence should read: The dinner cost a total of ninety dollars. The word "nintey" is spelled incorrectly.

29 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? The rent payment was thousands of dollers.

The sentence should read: The rent payment was thousands of dollars. The word "dollers" is spelled incorrectly.

30 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was celebrating fourty years with the company.

The sentence should read: She was celebrating forty years with the company. The word "fourty" is spelled incorrectly.

31 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was enthralled with the beatiful garden.

The sentence should read: She was enthralled with the beautiful garden. The word "beatiful" is incorrect.

32 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was planning her vacation to Austrailia.

The sentence should read: She was planning her vacation to Australia. The word "Austrailia" is incorrect.

33 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? He struggled hard to acheive all of his goals.

The sentence should read: He struggled hard to achieve all of his goals. The word "acheive" is incorrect.

34 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She was unhappy because she felt she received little acknowledgament for her hard work.

The sentence should read: She was unhappy because she felt she received little acknowledgment for her hard work. The word "acknowledgment" is incorrect.

35 of 35
Which word is spelled incorrectly? She wanted to aline her education with her career goals.

The sentence should read: She wanted to align her education with her career goals. The word "aline" is incorrect.

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