10 Commonly Misspelled Words & My Mad Memory Techniques

Rather than just publish a ‘best of’ post today, I thought I’d share some of the ways in which I remember the spellings of words.

But be warned.  Before I say anything else, I just want to explain that this post explains the way I personally remember how to spell certain words.  It may sound bonkers to you, but I hope they’ll help you as much as they’ve helped me.  Some techniques are a bit difficult to explain, so please feel free to laugh at my crazy ways in this post.  If nothing else, this will show you how our minds all work a bit differently!

On with the words:

1. ACCOMMODATION – There is a double C and a double M in this word.  I remember that by thinking there is enough room to accommodate all the letters.

2. STATIONERY/STATIONARY – I was taught this only last week and it’s so simple.  Stationery is writing materials/office supplies.  Stationary is remaining still.  So just remember “E is for Envelope”, so it’s STATIONERY and you’re away!

3. OCCASIONALLY – There IS a double C, but NOT a double S, and there IS a double L.  So it happens occasionally (geddit!?).  It happens sOMETIMES, but not ALLways!  (I told you these are weird and wonderful ways for me to remember!)

4. LIAISE – I can liaise with you because I have a pair of eyes (pair of ‘I‘s)…

5. SUBTLE – It’s subtle because there’s a B in it!  [These aren’t always the most creative of memory joggers, but so long as they work, eh?]

6. DEPENDENT – There’s no I in ‘dependent’.  That’s to say, you’re dependent on someone else.

And while there is an I at the start of the word ‘Independent’, I just remember ‘dependent’ and leave the slight inconsistency alone.

7. EXAGGERATE – Yet another silly way to remember, but it works very well for me.  I exaggerate that there are 3 Gs in the middle of the word.  It always reminds me that there are really just 2…

8. BARGAIN – His wife asked, “Why did you ‘gain’ a ‘bar’?” and the husband replied, “Because it was so cheap!”

9. MINUSCULE – If you minus ‘cule’, you’ll just get the word minus.  Add it together again and you get MINUSCULE.

10. YOUR/YOU’RE – The apostrophe in the word YOU’RE is essentially in place of the letter ‘A’.  So if your sentence makes sense with YOU ARE, you know it’s fine to put YOU’RE.  Using that previous sentence, YOU’RE would not have made sense, because it would have read:

“So if YOU ARE sentence makes sense…”

That’s why I used the word ‘YOUR’.

Well I hope you got this far!  Well done if you did.  Does it all sound too strange, or have any of these memory joggers helped?  Do you have any crazy tips yourself?  Or sensible ones, of course!  I’d love to hear about them.

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