What word never looks right to you no matter how many times you look up the spelling?
The one I always have to check, twice, when writing is “accommodate.” I think it’s the close proximity of twin “c”s and “m”s that throws me.
So, maybe pairs of twin consonants close together is a wider problem than just mine alone.
It’s a tie:
Accommodate and separate
Gauge. It just looks weird. I also have to stop and think about “desert” and “dessert”. One is cool & tasty, the other is hot and arid.
Bureaucrat. I always want to spell it “beaureaucrat.”
business. That’s busy-ness, not bizness.
Since you mentioned it, I just sent an e-mail to my entire neighborhood email list where I misspelled “shepherd” as in “FOUND German Shepherd puppy.” However, I was in a hurry and I spelled it “shepard.” As in Matthew.
I hang my head in shame.
Acquire – what’s that ‘c’ doing in there? Nothing, that’s what!
Too many to list these days, and I used to be a pretty good speller. Something about going from mostly longhand to mostly typing, I guess. Of course, the internet and spell checkers make life easier.
One recent one I had to double check was demagogue.
Convenience. Couldn’t spell it right to save my life.
Harass. It looks wrong with two “r”s and it looks wrong with one “r”.
It just looks wrong.
Sheriff. Do I double the R or the F or both? Every time.
For me it’s: Ophthalmologist
I use it a lot these days and have no trouble spelling it anymore but it never looks right.
Procede, er, proceed.
Traveling and traveler; it looks like there should be 2 L’s, right?
“Sheriff. Do I double the R or the F or both? Every time.”
This. Makes me crazy.
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