While young Indian kids are forever winning those Spelling Bee competitions in the USA, we are not sure how their counterparts in India or much older countrymen fare when it comes to every-day words. In Britain, the results of a recent study are interesting, as reported by the Telegraph which quotes a spokesman for market research company www.OnePoll.com, which carried out a study of 3,500 Britons as saying:
''There seem to be some words which we always struggle to get down onto paper, and 'separate' is one of those which eludes us.
''A common mistake many make is writing a word the way it sounds which leaves us muddling up one letter with another and getting it wrong.
''Fortunately, computers' spell-check corrects wrongly spelt words for us, but that means we become lazy and never learn the correct spelling.
''There's no excuse not to learn how words are formed - it's drilled into us from such a young age and if the words are frequently used we should make a conscious effort to get it right next time.
''The fact we judge other people's intelligence by their written word, yet don't like to be judged ourselves, means we should all pick up a dictionary once in a while.''
Top 20 misspelt words:
15. A lot
Read the full story at the Telegraph: 'Separate' is most commonly misspelt word
Do you find yourselves resorting to spell-checks rather than a dictionary? Do you ever bother to check whether or not the spell-check in your word-processing programme uses British or American spellings? Have you been a victim of spell-check disasters? Please share your stories?