Misspelling Words: Top 5 Reasons

Misspelling Words: Top 5 Reasons

Mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion, poor enun­ci­a­tion, errors such as adding a syl­la­ble, omit­ting a sound or sub­sti­tut­ing a sound, hasty read­ing, not learn­ing to spell by read­ing, fail­ing to note the cor­rect spelling, and rare or unusual words may cause misspelling.

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Words are gen­er­ally spelled as they are heard. So, mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion can cause spelling errors. Errors may also result from poor enun­ci­a­tion of oth­ers. Pro­nun­ci­a­tion often involves the com­bi­na­tion of syl­la­bles, and omit­ting syl­la­bles or let­ters may cause spelling errors. For exam­ple, inter­est­ing is pro­nounced as intrest­ing. Spelling by syl­la­bles, when prac­tic­ing spelling, is a use­ful approach.

Errors such as adding a syl­la­ble, omit­ting a sound or sub­sti­tut­ing a sound for another may cause mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion. For exam­ple, kinder­garten is com­monly mis­pro­nounced as kinder­gar­den. Other errors such as slur­ring con­so­nants, omit­ting syl­la­bles, or run­ning syl­la­bles together cause dif­fi­culty for listeners.

Care­ful read­ing is impor­tant because hasty read­ing causes words to become indis­tinct, blurred and mean­ing­less. Often words that are met in print are mis­spelled in writ­ings because clear pic­tures of the words are not formed in the mind. It is rare to derive the full ben­e­fit of read­ing by read­ing faster than a page a minute. Care­ful read­ing helps appre­ci­ate ideas, styles or in-depth expla­na­tion of words.

Exten­sive and care­ful read­ers are good spellers because they have learned to spell by read­ing. Poor read­ers, on the other hand, do not have read­ing habits, lim­it­ing read­ing to news­pa­per head­lines or occa­sional mag­a­zine articles.

Care­ful obser­va­tion in terms of infi­nite pains, hours of con­cen­tra­tion and nerve-wracking study is nec­es­sary to develop knowl­edge. How­ever, we all suf­fer from iner­tia and we mis­spell many words by fail­ing to note the cor­rect spelling. Care­ful obser­va­tion may help develop a vivid pic­ture of a word to recall it in the future.

The Eng­lish lan­guage has over 800,000 words, and words that are rare or unusual may be mis­spelled. Con­sult­ing a dic­tio­nary helps check the spellings of words that cause trouble.


Mer­sand, J., Grif­fith, K. & Grif­fith, F. (2006). Spelling (4th Ed.). Barron’s Edu­ca­tional Series, Inc. New York, U.S.A.


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