Quiz on 25 Commonly Misspelled Words

Only One Is a Word

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Snigdha Nandipati (right) raises the trophy with her family after winning the 2012 National Spelling Bee. Bill Clark/Getty Images

In each of the following pairs, only one is a word; the other is a common misspelling of that word. Guided by the brief definition, see if you can identify the correctly spelled word in each set. Then compare your answers to those on the bottom of the page.

Commonly Misspelled Words

  1. The act or process of absorbing something; occupying the full attention or interest.(a) absorbtion (b) absorption
  2. Happening unexpectedly or by chance. (a) accidentally (b) accidently
  1. Lying beyond what is evident; deliberately and deceptively concealed. (a) alterior (b) ulterior
  2. Relating to the North Pole or the region near it. (a) Arctic (b) Artic
  3. The character * used as a reference mark in printing. (a) asterick (b) asterisk
  4.  At a basic level or in a basic manner. (a) basically (b) basicly
  5. Acknowledging someone's achievements or good fortune. (a) congradulations (b) congratulations
  6. Certain, clearly defined, having distinct limits. (a) definate (b) definite
  7. Terrible, calamitous. (a) disasterous (b) disastrous
  8. To cause someone to feel self-conscious or ill at ease. (a) embarass (b) embarrass
  9. A perfect example of a class or type. (a) epitome (b) epitomy
  10. The systematic study and description of a language. (a) grammar (b) grammer
  11. Serious, grave, causing pain or anguish. (a) grievious (b) grievous
  12. A sweet white confection. (a) marshmallow (b) marshmellow
  13. The science of numbers and their operations. (a) mathematics (b) mathmatics
  1. A low indistinct sound; an abnormal sound of the heart. (a) murmer (b) murmur
  2. A legislative body or a formal conference for the discussion of public affairs. (a) parliament (b) parliment
  3. A right or privilege held by a person or group. (a) perogative (b) prerogative
  4. Within the limits of ability. (a) possible (b) possable
  1. A right or immunity granted as a benefit or favor. (a) priviledge (b) privilege
  2. Endorse as fit or worthy. (a) recommend (b) recomend
  3. Irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing. (a) sacreligious (b) sacrilegious
  4. Not fully worked out or agreed on. (a) tenative (b) tentative
  5. A disastrous event. (a) tradegy (b) tragedy
  6. Wordiness. (a) verbage (b) verbiage


Here are the correct answers to the Quiz on 25 Commonly Misspelled Words.

  1. (b) absorption
  2. (a) accidentally
  3. (b) ulterior
  4. (a) Arctic
  5. (b) asterisk
  6. (a) basically
  7. (b) congratulations
  8. (b) definite
  9. (b) disastrous
  10. (b) embarrass
  11. (a) epitome
  12. (a) grammar
  13. (b) grievous
  14. (a) marshmallow
  15. (a) mathematics
  16. (b) murmur
  17. (a) parliament
  18. (b) prerogative
  19. (a) possible
  20. (b) privilege
  21. (a) recommend
  22. (b) sacrilegious
  23. (b) tentative
  24. (b) tragedy
  25. (b) verbiage

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