April 2 2015

Rules Of Grammar: Commonly Misspelled Words Starting With “Acc”

Here are some words starting with “acc” that are commonly misspelled. Remember to include the double “c” when spelling these words (Machine briefs included):

accelerator= SLOERT
accent= SAENT
acceptable= SEBL or SEPBL
access= SKES
accessible= SKEFBL
accessory= SKOIR
accidentally= SDLL
acclimate= A/KLAOIMT or AK/LA/MA*IT or AK/KLIMT
accolade= KLAID
accommodate= KOMT
accompany= KPOIN
accompaniment= KPOINT or KPOIMT
accomplice= KPLIS
accomplish= PLIRB
accord= KAORD
accordion= KAORD/YO*N
accost= A/KOFT or A/KO*S
accrue= KRU
accumulate= KAOUM or KAOUMT
accuracy= KRAZ
accurate= KRAT
accursed= A/KUFRD
accusation= KAOUGS
accustom= KAUFM

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March 24 2015

Rules Of Grammar: Canceled vs. Cancelled vs. Cancellation

Geography seems to determine whether you use “canceled” or “cancelled.” According to Grammar Girl and Grammarist, “canceled” is the spelling that is favored by Americans. “Cancelled” is the spelling that is likely to be utilized in Britain, Canada, and Australia. Both grammar sources point out that the United States has only recently settled on the rule of using “canceled”; adopting the spelling as the favored method in the 1980s.

It should be noted, however, that “cancellation,” with two l’s, is the correct way to spell the word regardless of geographical region.

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February 11 2015

Rules Of Grammar: The Top 20 Misspelled Words

According to Oxford English Corpus, the following are the top 20 misspelled words:

1) accommodate (two c’s)
2) accommodation (two m’s)
3) achieve (i before e)
4) across (one c)
5) aggressive, aggression (two g’s)
6) apparently (-ent not -ant)
7) argument (no e after the u)
8) appearance (ends with -ance)
9) argument (no e after the u)
10) assassination (two double s’s)
11) basically (ends with -ally)
12) beginning (double n before the -ing)
13) believe (i before e)
14) bizarre (one z, double -r)
15) business (begins with busi-)
16) calendar (-ar not -er)
17) Caribbean (one r, two b’s)
18) cemetery (ends with -ery)
19) chauffeur (ends with -eur)
20) colleague (-ea- in the middle)

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