The English language is a weird conglomerate of so many other languages it's difficult to remember the way some words are spelt…spelled?
What I'm trying to say is, it's difficult to know how to spell certain words.
That said, when asked by Declan Cashin on Twitter about their most difficult word, people responded in droves.
Cashin shared that deodorant trips them up.
What’s a word that you always struggle to spell, no matter how many times you have to look it up or rely on spellcheck? Mine is “deodorant”— Declan Cashin (@Declan Cashin) 1548321117.0
@Tweet_Dec miscelleaneouausous— Sinead (@Sinead) 1548321148.0
@Tweet_Dec Guarantee I've spelled it wrong so many times that my autocorrect has just given up and is no longer any help.— Fiona (@Fiona) 1548332116.0
Schedule - and it doesn't help that I've spelt it wrong so many times that now my phone's autocorrect generates "se… https://t.co/UWmzNGMxin— H O S S A I G U L (@H O S S A I G U L) 1548392223.0
Commitment. How many m's? How many t's? Idk... https://t.co/OvF0f6ojAG— Jonathan Adcock (@Jonathan Adcock) 1548349837.0
A lot of responses were given with some of the most popular words being "definitely", "unnecessary", and "restaurant".
Some people could help with ways to remember how to spell some words.
@quixoticclown @Tweet_Dec I spell it by singing it Gwen Stefani style - from Hollerback Girl I believe 😂— Anna Champion (@Anna Champion) 1548328840.0
@DarrenMcMahon54 @Tweet_Dec A teacher told me you have one collar and 2 socks to remember the c and s and it works! Hope that makes sense 🤨— Colette (@Colette) 1548325049.0
It's committed with 2 Ts But commitment with 1 T And it's occur with one R But occurrence and occurred with two… https://t.co/XuhPpxFJkp— Benny Davis (@Benny Davis) 1548392960.0
Embarrass and harass. In fact, I cheated for this tweet by using the voice to text so I didn't have to bother tryin… https://t.co/n9YkeSqJ9Z— Jennifer Matarese (@Jennifer Matarese) 1548348224.0
Everyone knows the "I before E, except after C" rhyme (you know, the one that doesn't work more often that it does), but few know it continues with "And when it says Ay, like in neighbor and weigh."
While this won't help with every word that has I and E, it helps with a lot.
The difference between desert and dessert has caught many online off guard. To remember that dessert is the after dinner sweet, just think of the two S's as in Strawberry Shortcake.
Another one that trips people up is whether to use A or E in certain words.
Affect vs Effect? Accept vs Except?
The rule here is A is for Actions. E is for Events. Affect is a verb, while effect is often a noun.
However, sometimes it's too much and we just give up entirely.
@anniewestdotcom @Tweet_Dec unecessary no unneccessary no uneccesary no unecessary FUUUUCK— Leo O’Shaughnessy🌈 (@Leo O’Shaughnessy🌈) 1548334334.0
@Tarjy @Tweet_Dec https://t.co/VylODQtevb— D.D∀RKO 🏳️🌈🐺 (@D.D∀RKO 🏳️🌈🐺) 1548335556.0
The entire fucking English dictionary https://t.co/9g31vf3t2W— Wilhelm Kelly (@Wilhelm Kelly) 1548357546.0
All of them. I can't spell worth shit. Also I can't talk either so asking my phone isn't helpful. https://t.co/XQ7tiIQ0if— Alicia Young (@Alicia Young) 1548341959.0
Despite the recurrence of certain words, and the mnemonic devices people suggested, there was one word that kept tripping everyone up.
One word that snuck up on you like the effects of eating Taco Bell. One word that is a problem whether you can spell it or not.
And that word is "diarrhea".
@sigourneybeaver Hard to spell and endure— Declan Cashin (@Declan Cashin) 1548321282.0
@Tweet_Dec Diarrhea— EBAB (@EBAB) 1548371568.0
@Tweet_Dec My word is "diarrhea." Fortunately, I don't need that word very often, as long as I stay away from Indian food.— Wes W (@Wes W) 1548370817.0
@leewmurphy @Tweet_Dec @amirahhfarzana Diarrhoea* 😉— Jamie Robinson (@Jamie Robinson) 1548409101.0
Big lesson so far from this thread: a lot of you struggle with diarrhoea. 😏— Declan Cashin (@Declan Cashin) 1548322902.0
People are still responding to the tweet, showing it's a popular question.
Sometimes it's just nice to share in the knowledge that you're not alone in your misspellings. But with the internet, let's hope some people learn they can spell check before posting their tweets.