My answer on Quora to “What is the most misspelt word in the English language?”

“Spelling definitely is certainly a problem for many people – who insist on writing deifinately.”

A bunch of guys made a survey and found that definitely is the most misspelt word in English language. Here are the top ten most misspelt words in English and their frequently misspelt forms:

  1. Definitely (not definately)
  2. Sacrilegious (not sacreligious)
  3. Indict (not indite)
  4. Manoeuvre (not maneouvre)
  5. Bureaucracy (not beaurocracy)
  6. Broccoli (not brocolli)
  7. Phlegm (not phleghm)
  8. Prejudice (not predjudice)
  9. Consensus (not conscensus)
  10. Unnecessary (not unecessary)

Definately* the most misspelled word in the English language (*it should be definitely)

This survey is at least four years old, but chances are that you’ll get at least one wrong 🙂

Great answers in this thread! Do go through them all.

What is the most misspelt word in the English language?

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