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Smelling Pistakes

It's funny how there are some you simply cannot , even if you know how they should look.

My mum has a problem with the word burglary . She always wants to put an extra 'u' in there - burgulary . Good thing she never worked for the police in her long and illustious secretarial career, then.

Typing just makes things more difficult to get right at times, I find. My favorites for misspellings include:

  • festical for festival
  • redemeotion for redemption
  • peierced for pierced

Even sign makers are not immune. The cafe in the title image trades in Cambridge, England.

I saw a BBC article a while ago that referred to the well known musical Greece. I tweeted them about that one and it was immediately revised.

And only last month, a rug in a Sheriff's office found to contain the 'In dog we Trust' was sold for $10,000 in aid of a Florida animal rescue centre. In fact, looking at the picture on the CNN site , it seems as if the 'n' of 'In' is also wrongly aligned, as well as the obvious of dog for God.

Which words do you find difficult to spell or type correctly?

Are they smelling pistakes or spilling mistooks?

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Image Credit » Image taken September 2013. Author's own.

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lucyluuk wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:13 PM

I always type have incorrectly and my spellings are embarassed which is how I spell it but it should be embarrassed (two r) and garunteed which should be guaranteed !!

You would think that a place like Cambridge would not have spelling mistakes!

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:49 PM

I'm also embarrassed by embarrassed ... as well as narcissism - which I've finally gotten okay with after numerous refs to Bubblews admin these last couple months...

lucyluuk wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:50 PM

I do not find myself using the word narcissism much so I don't know about that one but maybe if I did! Lol thank goodness for spell check that's all I can say!

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 7, 2015, 12:51 PM

I like your title. But sometimes people mean what they say. Like an ad I once saw for a "Plastic Sturgeon." Every fisherman's dream...

AliCanary wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:14 PM

I'm pretty good at spelling but a crap typist, and my most frequently mistyped words are "mangaer" or "manger" for "manager", "thnaks" for "thanks" and "weel" for "well".

celticeagle wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:28 PM

There are many now days. I used to be an excellent speller and now I don't remember how to spell so many of them. Recently it has been 'unconscious'.

WordChazer wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:46 PM

Oh yes. I always had to spell check for Project Manger in a previous role. It's one of the words that spell check won't find, because, like form and from, Manager and manger are both proper words. The other one which catches me out is 'filed' and 'field', again for the same reason, because they are both existing words.

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MegL wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:10 PM

Love your title. I am pretty good at spelling. Millennium is one of my "how do you spell it"? I know it at the minute because it was a clue in a crossword puzzle a couple of days ago and my husband said out loud, "double l, double n". Otherwise, I would be looking at milennium, millenium and milenium and probably wondering which one was correct.

WordChazer wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:15 PM

Anything other than double L, double, N looks like a scientific element to me! I had 100% in spelling and 100% in dictation at primary school, so I ought to be good. Not always, however...

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melody23 wrote on February 7, 2015, 4:29 PM

I read an article earlier on today and it was talking about a police car that was delivered with the word 'polce' on the side of it, a school no parking zone that said 'no parking shcool zone' and another one that actually said 'skool' which was my personal favourite

WordChazer wrote on February 7, 2015, 5:30 PM

Too cool for sh-cool, eh? School is one of those words that doesn't sound like it is spelled. Unless you look at sked-yule versus shed-yule, it makes no sense whatsoever.

Spelled, come to that. UK pronunciation same as the grain 'spelt'. So riddle me that one already?

melody23 wrote on February 7, 2015, 5:42 PM

Thank goodness for spell check!

seren3 wrote on February 8, 2015, 11:01 AM

I often put the tv on Mute and the reports type up as they come in. I can see that the typing is translated from dictation and their are many mistakes, just like the one I just typed. Phonetical, which English does not lend itself to very well!

Began1988 wrote on February 8, 2015, 3:58 PM

Psycho gets me every time! I have to use my spell check on the time for that word! Did I even get it right now? Lol. I believe this site will warn me if my word is spelled wrong before I submit, so it looks good! :P

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 17, 2015, 12:06 AM

Most of the time I'm a good speller. But there are words I just can't seem to get a handle on typing. No matter how many times I have written "Sincerely, Guiness the Cat", I still mangle sincerely and frequently capitalize the a in CAt. And don't get me started about my tendency to type out for our.

WordChazer wrote on February 17, 2015, 3:54 PM

Grief, no way you'd understand what the closed caption subtitles were in this country! Court reporters they are not!

WordChazer wrote on February 17, 2015, 3:59 PM

Out instead of our is a common one here too. 'Sincerely' I can usually manage but not always. Guinness nearly always acquires an extra N, although I know he is 'difficult' and spells it with one (I try and remember by mentally calling him Guy-ness rather than Gin-ness, but don't go telling him that!). Form and from are popular typos for me too, especially as I have to watch for them in my own work as well as others. It's no wonder 'teh interwebz' is a thing these days, either, as 'teh' for 'the' is a very popular uncorrected spilling mistook.