A common task for many of us is to review and edit draft documents, written by ourselves or others. Over several decades of practice, IP Draughts has noticed that certain spelling mistakes occur surprisingly often among intelligent people.
Here are some of his favourites (correct spelling in bold).
Principal – often confused with principle
Minuscule – perhaps because the u is spoken as an i.
Supersede – do people think it is somehow related to cede?
Inure – the word is so obscure (but often found in contracts) that spell checkers don’t recognise it.
Therefor – another obscure word in contracts, which is misspelled as therefore
Effect – this verb often appears as its cousin affect.
IP Draughts is not focussing here on differences between UK and US spelling.
One that took him by surprise this week is that some people make a distinction between when it is appropriate to write judgment or judgement.
Do you have any favourite misspellings?