Friday, December 5, 2014

mispell/misspell: The Weekend Edition—Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday–Sunday, December 5–7, 2014

Your spelling checker should catch this one, but judging by the popularity of “mispell,” “mispelled,” and “mispelling” on the Web, it slips by many people. These words need two S’s: one to end “mis-” and another to begin “-spell.” So the words are “misspell,” “misspelled,” and “misspelling.” This ranks as an embarrassing spelling mistake right up there with “writting.”

The Week’s End Extra from the Archives: "Notes on the Third Edition: Most Things Are Still All Right" (November 21, 2013).

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