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TextTrust's Top 50 Spelling Mistakes

After having spell checked over 13 million web pages, TextTrust.com has come across a number of frequently misspelled words. Here's our list of Top 50 Spelling Mistakes taken from the TextTrust.com database and a few anecdotes to go along with each table.

TextTrust's Top 50 Spelling Mistakes

TextTrust.com Misspelling Rank Misspelled Word Correctly Spelled Word
1 accomodation accommodation
2 managment management
3 infomation information
4 recieve receive
5 recieved received
6 Independant independent
7 assesment assessment
8 commerical commercial
9 accomodate accommodate
10 thier their
11 occured occurred
12 occuring occurring
13 opportunites opportunities
14 activites activities
15 futher further
16 addtion addition
17 committment commitment
18 Assocation association
19 offical official
20 infromation information
21 commited committed
22 realy really
23 reponse response
24 Commision commission
25 throught throughout
26 Goverment government
27 Recieving receiving
28 sucessful successful
29 Developement development
30 accross across
31 enviroment environment
32 perfomance performance
33 Facilties facilities
34 Accomodations accommodations
35 excercise exercise
36 Commitee committee
37 enviromental environmental
38 thoughout throughout
39 Mangement management
40 Resouces resources
41 relevent relevant
42 adminstration administration
43 responsibilty responsibility
44 recyling recycling
45 catagories categories
46 avaliable available
47 Governement government
48 definately definitely
49 responsiblity responsibility
50 responsibilites responsibilities

 

While this list represent the Top 50 Spelling Mistakes, it represents fewer than 50 words (only 38 unique words, to be exact). Here are the correct words from the list that occupy more than one ranking:

  • accommodate - 1, 9 and 34
  • management - 2 and 39
  • information - 3 and 20
  • receive - 4, 5 and 20
  • occur - 11 and 12
  • throughout - 25 and 38
  • government - 26 and 47
  • environment - 31 and 37
  • responsibility - 43, 49 and 50

 

TextTrust's Top 50 Spelling Mistakes by Sorted Difficulty

Wondering why some words are misspelled more than others? This table tells you what percentage of the time a word is misspelled. The word accommodation is misspelled almost 24% of the time! There are two c's and two m's in accommodation, which also holds true for accommodate (misspelled 8.5% of the time). The lower a word is on the list, the easier it is to spell, but it's used so much more often, which is why it's on our list.

TextTrust.com Spelling Difficulty Rank Misspelled Word Correctly Spelled Word % Spell Wrong
1 accomodation accommodation 23.90%
2 Accomodations accommodations 13.33%
3 definately definitely 12.32%
4 knowledgable knowledgeable 8.91%
5 accomodate accommodate 8.49%
6 occuring occurring 7.91%
7 occured occurred 6.94%
8 Independant independent 3.39%
9 Questionaire questionnaire 3.01%
10 seperately separately 2.63%
11 targetting targeting 2.08%
12 prefered preferred 2.03%
13 recieved received 1.99%
14 equiped equipped 1.96%
15 occassional occasional 1.66%
16 Bandwith bandwidth 1.63%
17 occassionally occasionally 1.50%
18 commited committed 1.41%
19 refered referred 1.30%
20 excercise exercise 1.22%
21 recieve receive 1.20%
22 opportunites opportunities 1.17%
23 usefull useful 0.96%
24 Recieving receiving 0.93%
25 committment commitment 0.91%
26 realy really 0.89%
27 activites activities 0.84%
28 reponse response 0.79%
29 extention extension 0.79%
30 Commision commission 0.70%
31 succesful successful 0.69%
32 assesment assessment 0.69%
33 commerical commercial 0.68%
34 offical official 0.67%
35 similiar similar 0.66%
36 throught throughout 0.66%
37 maintainance maintenance 0.59%
38 Commitee committee 0.52%
39 acheive achieve 0.49%
40 managment management 0.46%
41 Accessable accessible 0.46%
42 enviromental environmental 0.46%
43 accross across 0.43%
44 Univeristy university 0.42%
45 relevent relevant 0.41%
46 enviroment environment 0.40%
47 adminstration administration 0.38%
48 arrangments arrangements 0.37%
49 responsibilty responsibility 0.36%
50 Goverment government 0.34%

 

It's clear that the top 5 words on the list all seem to be difficult to spell. If you're interested in why certain words are misspelled, read the article Is Your Web Site Suffering From These Misspellings?.

Our percentages were determined by identifying how many times each mistake was found on Google, and how many times its correct usage was found, then we did the math.

 

TextTrust's Top 50 Spelling Mistakes Sorted By Google Frequency

Plain and simple, this list tells which words you're likely to see misspelled.

TextTrust.com Misspelling Frequency Rank Misspelled Word Correctly Spelled Word Frequency of Misspelled Word
on Google (Millions)
1 Independant independent 44.1
2 accomodation accommodation 41.1
3 definately definitely 36.1
4 recieved received 26.7
5 opportunites opportunities 26.6
6 recieve receive 25.6
8 Accomodations accommodations 23.2
7 thier their 23.2
9 occured occurred 22
10 infomation information 20.9
11 offical official 19.9
12 activites activities 19.8
13 Univeristy university 19.8
14 managment management 19.4
15 realy really 15.5
16 usefull useful 15.1
17 accomodate accommodate 14.6
18 Goverment government 12.4
19 occuring occurring 11
20 Developement development 10.9
21 reponse response 10.5
22 commerical commercial 10.2
23 buisness business 10.1
24 similiar similar 9.84
25 enviroment environment 9.12
26 Busines business 8.94
27 prefered preferred 8.63
28 adminstration administration 8.17
29 commited committed 8.09
30 accross across 7.74
31 knowledgable knowledgeable 7.66
32 throught throughout 7.12
33 avaliable available 6.64
34 Commitee committee 6.45
35 Assocation association 6.28
36 Orginal original 6.17
37 Commision commission 6.06
38 catagories categories 6.05
39 succesful successful 5.94
40 seperately separately 5.76
41 extention extension 5.55
42 excercise exercise 5.51
43 enviromental environmental 5.28
44 committment commitment 5.26
45 Mangement management 5.24
46 refered referred 5.09
47 assesment assessment 4.96
48 perfomance performance 4.89
49 Recieving receiving 4.83
50 maintainance maintenance 4.77

 

 

TextTrust's Top 50 Correctly Used Words Sorted By Google Frequency

This list tells you which words are used the most. Google no longer posts the number of pages it has indexed, but last count, it was roughly 8.3 billion pages indexed. This means that you're likely to find the words 'information', 'service' and 'services' at least once on every web page you read! Whereas the word 'visitor' is likely to be found once every 8 pages.

Incidentally, the most common misspelling of 'information' (which occurs 13.72 billion times) is 'infomation' (which occurs 20.9 million times), creating quite a low misspelling percentage of 0.15%, which doesn't make our Top 50 List in that category.

TextTrust.com Correct Usage Frequency Rank Misspelled Word Correctly Spelled Word Frequency of Correct Usage
on Google (Billions)
1 infomation information 13.72
2 sevices services 8.92
3 sevice service 8.77
4 thier their 7.41
5 buisness business 7.39
6 avaialble available 6.69
7 Resouces resources 6.14
8 Orginal original 4.99
9 Developement development 4.76
10 Univeristy university 4.75
11 inlcuding including 4.38
12 managment management 4.2
13 Governement government 3.6
14 Deparment department 3.14
15 offical official 2.95
16 Additonal additional 2.79
17 Inlcudes includes 2.38
18 activites activities 2.35
19 catagories categories 2.3
20 opportunties opportunities 2.28
21 enviroment environment 2.26
22 perfomance performance 2.19
23 Janaury January 2.15
24 adminstration administration 2.14
25 recieve receive 2.13
26 Febuary February 2.13
27 Insitute institute 2.1
28 requirments requirements 1.98
29 futher further 1.94
30 Assocation association 1.86
31 accross across 1.81
32 realy really 1.74
33 addtion addition 1.66
34 usefull useful 1.58
35 guidlines guidelines 1.55
36 Saftey safety 1.54
37 commerical commercial 1.49
38 similiar similar 1.48
39 Divison division 1.35
40 recieved received 1.34
41 reponse response 1.33
42 reponsible responsible 1.33
43 Independant independent 1.3
44 Commitee committee 1.24
45 Facilties facilities 1.18
46 enviromental environmental 1.16
47 Vistors visitors 1.09
48 throught throughout 1.08
49 relevent relevant 1.05
50 responsibilty responsibility 1.04

 

Source: The TextTrust.com Editing Team

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