Are You a Spelling Bee Champ?

Think you know how to spell these "easy" words?

Introduction

There are over 240 commonly misspelled words in the English language. Sometimes words with sneaky silent vowels will trip us up. Other times, it's unusual consonant blends that can confuse us. Autocorrect can only go so far to save our spelling mistakes; there's nothing worse than realizing that you've said you have a clam mind, rather than a calm one, for example. Sometimes, you just have to rely on your own knowledge of the English language to correctly spell something. . . Or, at the least, pull out your updated Webster's Dictionary.

The English language is one of the world's most widely spoken native languages and the world's most widely learned second language. Due to how widely spoken it is, it is only natural that there are many variations in spelling for the same word. Take "theater" vs "theatre," for example. Both are technically correct, but the former is most commonly used in American English and the latter in British English. This quiz, however, won't test regional differences in spelling, relying instead on accepted standards in American English.

Is it "posible" or "possible"? "Firey" or "fiery"? Many an email have been ruined with a misspelled word. But not you, right? Will you save the office or classroom with your spectacular spelling skills? Let us quiz you over these 35 commonly misspelled words to find out! Click "Let's Play!" now!

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There are over 240 commonly misspelled words in the English language. Sometimes words with sneaky silent vowels will trip us up. Other times, it's unusual consonant blends that can confuse us. Autocorrect can only go so far to save our spelling mistakes; there's nothing worse than realizing that you've said you have a clam mind, rather than a calm one, for example. Sometimes, you just have to rely on your own knowledge of the English language to correctly spell something. . . Or, at the least, pull out your updated Webster's Dictionary.

The English language is one of the world's most widely spoken native languages and the world's most widely learned second language. Due to how widely spoken it is, it is only natural that there are many variations in spelling for the same word. Take "theater" vs "theatre," for example. Both are technically correct, but the former is most commonly used in American English and the latter in British English. This quiz, however, won't test regional differences in spelling, relying instead on accepted standards in American English.

Is it "posible" or "possible"? "Firey" or "fiery"? Many an email have been ruined with a misspelled word. But not you, right? Will you save the office or classroom with your spectacular spelling skills? Let us quiz you over these 35 commonly misspelled words to find out! Click "Let's Play!" now!

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Let's Play!

1. What is the correct spelling for the word that means "the upper interior surface of a room or other similar compartment"?


1. What is the correct spelling for the word that means "the upper interior surface of a room or other similar compartment"?

1. Ceiling

2. Ceeling

3. Sieling

4. Cieling

The correct answer is "ceiling." With the "i" before "e" rule, you can't go wrong here!



2. The name for a person who writes plays is spelled how?


2. The name for a person who writes plays is spelled how?

1. Pleywright

2. Playright

3. Playwrite

4. Playwright

The correct answer is "playwright," like William Shakespeare.



3. What is the correct spelling of the military rank that sounds just like a kernel of popcorn?


3. What is the correct spelling of the military rank that sounds just like a kernel of popcorn?

1. Kernel

2. Coronel

3. Colonel

4. Cernal

"Colonel" is correct, having with roots in Italian (colonello) and Spanish (coronel).



4. What is the correct spelling of the word defined as the "skillful move or series of moves or a scheme or plot that requires skill to carry out"?


4. What is the correct spelling of the word defined as the "skillful move or series of moves or a scheme or plot that requires skill to carry out"?

1. Manoover

2. Maneuver

3. Manuvor

4. Manuever

The correct answer is "maneuver." Did you maneuver your way through this question correctly?



5. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "a chest of drawers"?


5. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "a chest of drawers"?

1. Buraeu

2. Buruea

3. Bureau

4. Buraue

The correct answer "bureau," which can also mean "an office or department that transacts a particular business."



6. What is the correct spelling of the word that suggests something supernatural or unearthly?


6. What is the correct spelling of the word that suggests something supernatural or unearthly?

1. Weird

2. Wired

3. Weerd

4. Wierd

The correct answer is "weird." Is it weird if you thought that the other spellings might've been correct?



7. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together"?


7. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together"?

1. Comrade erie

2. Cumradery

3. Camaraderie

4. Comeraidery

The correct answer is "camaraderie," not to be confused with "comradery."



8. How do you spell the word that means "free time"?


8. How do you spell the word that means "free time"?

1. Leishure

2. Liesure

3. Leasure

4. Leisure

The correct answer is "leisure." Please answer these questions at your leisure.



9. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "a common farewell followed by a signature on letters"?


9. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "a common farewell followed by a signature on letters"?

1. Sinsearly

2. Sincerely

3. Sinsirely

4. Sincirilie

"Sincerely" is the correct answer. I sincerely hope you got this one right!



10. The word for "a change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause" is spelled how?


10. The word for "a change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause" is spelled how?

1. Affect

2. Effect

3. Efectt

4. Afectt

"Effect" is the correct answer. Helpful tip: use Affect for Actions.



11. What is the correct spelling for the word that means "expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives"?


11. What is the correct spelling for the word that means "expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives"?

1. Weather

2. Wheather

3. Whither

4. Whether

"Whether" is the correct answer. Whether your weather is good or bad, you must choose the right word.



12. What is the correct spelling of "the act of moving downwards, dropping, or falling"?


12. What is the correct spelling of "the act of moving downwards, dropping, or falling"?

1. Decent

2. Dissent

3. Descent

4. Desant

The correct answer is "descent," not to be confused with the horror film of the same name.



13. How do you correctly spell the word meaning "highest or among the highest in rank, authority, importance, degree, etc."?


13. How do you correctly spell the word meaning "highest or among the highest in rank, authority, importance, degree, etc."?

1. Principle

2. Princeple

3. Principal

4. Principale

The correct answer is "principal." It has its roots in both Old French and Latin.



14. What is the correct spelling for the word defined as "to make someone feel self-conscious or make someone feel badly about himself"?


14. What is the correct spelling for the word  defined as "to make someone feel self-conscious or make someone feel badly about himself"?

1. Embarrass

2. Embareass

3. Ambarrass

4. Embarras

The correct answer is "embarrass." Never be embarrassed by a misspelling again: remember it is large enough for a double "r" and a double "s."



15. What is the correct way to spell the word for "in close friendship"?


15. What is the correct way to spell the word for "in close friendship"?

1. Familyar

2. Familiar

3. Femiliar

4. Familier

"Familiar" is the correct answer. It has Old French and Latin roots.



16. What is the correct spelling for the word that is "an object kept as a reminder of a person or event"?


16. What is the correct spelling for the word that is "an object kept as a reminder of a person or event"?

1. Momento

2. Mimento

3. Mominto

4. Memento

The correct answer is "memento." It comes from a Latin word meaning "to remember."



17. How do you spell "a poem composed of lines with similar ending sounds"?


17. How do you spell "a poem composed of lines with similar ending sounds"?

1. Ryhme

2. Rhime

3. Rhyme

4. Rhym

The correct answer is "rhyme." An example of rhyme is the childrens' poem "Humpty Dumpty."



18. What is the correct spelling for the word meaning "to divide into constituent or distinct elements"?


18. What is the correct spelling for the word meaning "to divide into constituent or distinct elements"?

1. Seperete

2. Separate

3. Saperate

4. Seperate

The correct answer is "separate." Its archaic usage meant "to set aside, usually for a special purpose."



19. What is the correct spellling of the word that means "something that is preceded by eleven others"?


19. What is the correct spellling of the word that means "something that is preceded by eleven others"?

1. Twelfth

2. Twelth

3. Twalfth

4. Twelvth

The correct answer is "twelfth." It is from the Middle English word "twelfthe," this derived from the Old English "twelfta."



20. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "an oppressive and unjust government; despotism"?


20. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "an oppressive and unjust government; despotism"?

1. Tyrany

2. Tyrranny

3. Tyranny

4. Tyrrany

The correct answer is "tyranny." It comes from the Latin word "tyrannus."



21. How do you spell the word meaning "a device with a short bar between two weights, used for exercise or building muscles" or is slang for a dumb person?


21. How do you spell the word meaning "a device with a short bar between two weights, used for exercise or building muscles" or is slang for a dumb person?

1. Dummbell

2. Dumbell

3. Dumbbell

4. Dumbball

The correct answer is "dumbbell." You're no dumbbell if you spelled this correctly!



22. How do you spell the word defined as "something that is easy to see or comprehend"?


22. How do you spell the word defined as "something that is easy to see or comprehend"?

1. Aparent

2. Apparent

3. Aparant

4. Apperant

The correct answer is "apparent." Its legal definition is "having an indefeasible right to succeed to a title or estate."



23. What is the correct way to spell the word meaning "to measure the dimensions, capacity, proportions, or amount of something"?


23. What is the correct way to spell the word meaning "to measure the dimensions, capacity, proportions, or amount of something"?

1. Gague

2. Gayge

3. Gaige

4. Gauge

The correct answer is "gauge," as in you should be able to gauge how well you're doing on this quiz by now.



24. What is the correct spelling for the word meaning the "ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills"?


24. What is the correct spelling for the word meaning the "ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills"?

1. Intelligence

2. Inteligance

3. Intelligance

4. Intellegence

"Intelligence" is the right answer. It has Latin roots.



25. How do you spell the word meaning "a place where people are buried"?


25. How do you spell the word meaning "a place where people are buried"?

1. Sematary

2. Cementarie

3. Cemetery

4. Cemetary

The correct answer is "cemetery," not to be confused with Stephen King's Pet Sematary.



26. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "awareness that something is happening or is the normal state of being awake"?


26. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "awareness that something is happening or is the normal state of being awake"?

1. Conscience

2. Consctious

3. Conscious

4. Conscieous

The correct answer is "conscious." It is derived from the Latin word "conscius."



27. Which is the correct spelling of the word that represents the number 4 in a sequence?


27. Which is the correct spelling of the word that represents the number 4 in a sequence?

1. Forth

2. Fuorth

3. Foreth

4. Fourth

"Fourth" represents the number four in a sequence. "Forth" is an adverb that means "to go out from a starting point."



28. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "to surpass others, as in a quality or quantity"?


28. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "to surpass others, as in a quality or quantity"?

1. Ecseed

2. Exceed

3. Ecxeed

4. Excede

The correct answer is "exceed." It is from the Latin word "excedere."



29. How do you spell the word meaning "to show appreciation, being thankful"?


29. How do you spell the word meaning "to show appreciation, being thankful"?

1. Greatful

2. Gratful

3. Gratefull

4. Grateful

The correct answer is "grateful." It is derived from the Latin word meaning "pleasing, agreeable."



30. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "of, like, characteristic of, or suggestive of the Middle Ages"?


30. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "of, like, characteristic of, or suggestive of the Middle Ages"?

1. Medieval

2. Mideval

3. Medevil

4. Midevil

"Medieval" is the correct answer. The Middle Ages also used to be called the Dark Ages.



31. What is the correct spelling the word meaning "of a region of space that contains no matter"?


31. What is the correct spelling the word meaning "of a region of space that contains no matter"?

1. Vaquoom

2. Vacuum

3. Vaccuum

4. Vakquum

The correct answer is "vacuum," which is also the word for a cleaning appliance that sucks dirt.



32. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "the people who are working for a specific company or on a specific project"?


32. What is the correct spelling of the word that means "the people who are working for a specific company or on a specific project"?

1. Persannel

2. Personnal

3. Personnel

4. Pearsonnel

The correct answer is "personnel." Synonyms include: force, help, or workforce.



33. What is the spelling of the word defined as "a strong personality, something related to heat, or to an impassioned action or speech"?


33. What is the spelling of the word defined as "a strong personality, something related to heat, or to an impassioned action or speech"?

1. Firey

2. Feiry

3. Fiery

4. Fireie

The correct answer is "fiery." It is derived from the Middle English word "fier."



34. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "a place where meals can be bought and eaten"?


34. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "a place where meals can be bought and eaten"?

1. Restaurant

2. Restarant

3. Restorant

4. Ristorant

The correct answer is "restaurant." It has French and Latin roots.



35. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage"?


35. What is the correct spelling of the word meaning "the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage"?

1. Orthografy

2. Orthagraphy

3. Orthography

4. Orthografie

"Orthography" is the correct answer. You should be a real orthographer after completing this quiz!




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