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Commonly Misspelled Words

Following is a list of words that are commonly misspelled. For questions of spelling not covered here, refer to the Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition (1999).

  • advisor
  • accommodate
  • achievement
  • acknowledgment
  • chair (not chairman or chairperson)
  • consensus
  • course work (two words)
  • dilemma
  • dos and don'ts
  • email
  • Ethernet
  • first-come, first-served
  • flier (not flyer)
  • grade-point average (abbreviated GPA)
  • hors d'oeuvres (do not use œ ligature)
  • Internet (capitalized)
  • independent
  • irresistible
  • judgment
  • knowledge
  • liaison
  • log in (v.), login (n.)
    Example: Log in to our website using your login and password.
  • log off (v.), logoff (n., rare)
  • log on (v.), logon (n.)
    Example: Log on to our website using your Case network ID and password.
  • maintenance
  • necessary
  • noticeable
  • occurred, occurrence
  • online
  • perseverance
  • phone (use telephone)
  • possession
  • questionnaire
  • recommend
  • separate
  • their/they're (Use "their" when referencing something in the possessive. Use "they're" when referring to the contraction "they are."
  • World Wide Web, web, website