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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/10/2012

Amid a flurry of misspellings, test yourself

In the past 10 days or so, we’ve seen some pretty embarrassing misspellings. Mitt Romney’s team was behind the now famous misspelling of the word “America” on an iPhone app (though it is hard not to wonder how many people at Apple missed “Amercia” during the app approval process). Then we learned that diplomas distributed at a
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Maryland high school featured a misspelling of the word “program” and had to be reprinted.

And there’s more: In May, the online magazine Slate misspelled the names Kanye West, H.L. Mencken and Edgar Allan Poe in the same week, according to this story on the Poynter Institute Web site.

Last year, when Osama bin Laden was killed, a number of news organizations mistakenly said Obama had been killed (including, according to this story in the Columbia Journalism Review, an NPR Web site headline that initially said, “Obama Bin Laden Is Dead, Officials Say” and an ABC News Web site head that said, “Sources Tell ABC News’ Jon Karl That Obama Will be Buried at Sea.”

And, famously, the U.S. Constitution has the word “Pennsylvania” spelled two different ways, one the way I just wrote it and the other way like this: Pensylvania.

Online dictionaries, including and and, keep lists of commonly misspelled words. There’s even a Web site called that has, somewhat obviously, a lot of commonly misspelled words in a list that looks a lot like the other ones.

Here are some commonly misspelled words on all of these lists. See if you know how to spell them.

1. a) accommodate

b) acommodate

c) accomodate

2. a) camoflage

b) camouflauge

c) camouflage

3. a) embarassment

b) embarrassment

c) embarrasment

4. a) weird

b) wierd

5. a) perserverance

b) persaverance

c) perseverance

6. a) harrass

b) harass

c) harras

7. a) preventive

b) preventative

c) preventitive

8. a) cameraderie

b ) camraderie

c) camaraderie

9. a) sargeant

b) sergeant

c) sargaent

10. a) dilemma

b) dilemna
c) dillemna


1. a) accommodate

2. c) camouflage

3. b) embarrassment

4. a) weird

5. c) perseverance

6. b) harass

7. a) preventive

8. c) camaraderie

9. b) sergeant

10. a) dilemma


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