Special Report

50 of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English

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Bright people know there’s a “u” in fluorescent.

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It’s a simple word, but it’s easy enough to see why people might get this one wrong — four has a “u” but forty doesn’t.

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Hors d’oeuvre

According to Google Trends, this word of French origin meaning appetizer was the most common “how to spell” search in Florida in 2018.

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Don’t let this word bother you — harass has one “r” and two “s’s.”

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Even residents aren’t always sure how to spell Massachusetts correctly. In 2016 it was the most common “how to spell” search in the state itself, according to Google.