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24 of the hardest words to have won the National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been testing kids’ spelling since 1925. Words used to be much easier: in 1932, for example, the winning word was knack. Today, words have gotten a lot more difficult. The final rounds of the 2019 competition included head scratchers like allothimorph, auftaktigkeit, and sphaeriid. […]
24 of the hardest words to have won the National Spelling Bee
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The most misspelled word in every state

No matter how old you are, chances are there are some words that still trip you up. There are those that have a very common misspelling, and then there are those that are misspelled because they are hard to pronounce. In honour of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes […]
The most misspelled word in every state
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9 ways to become a better speller, according to an expert

Reading is one of the best ways to learn how to spell. Spell check is a great way to learn certain spellings, but shouldn’t be relied on entirely. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. Thanks to spell check, we are in an era of poor spellers. “People tend to think […]
9 ways to become a better speller, according to an expert
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20 words that are spelled the same but have different meanings

There are plenty of words in the English language that are spelled the same but have completely different meanings. A baseball bat and the nocturnal animal bat are considered a homonym because they are spelled and sound the same but have different meanings. An airy wind and to wind down […]
20 words that are spelled the same but have different meanings
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11 reasons the English language is impossible to learn

The English language has a lot of weird spelling,grammar, and pronunciation rules. Words that sound and are spelled the same can have two different or even opposite meanings. Tricks like “I before E except after C” don’t always work. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Even if you grew up […]
11 reasons the English language is impossible to learn
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27 incredibly common spelling mistakes that make you look less intelligent

There isn’t a strong link between good spelling and intelligence, but that doesn’t mean spelling doesn’t matter. Proper spelling makes people perceive you as more intelligent and can increase your chances of getting a job. We compiled 27 of the most common spelling mistakes in the English language. Science has […]
27 incredibly common spelling mistakes that make you look less intelligent
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10 common grammar mistakes you’re probably making

Some grammar mistakes manage to trip up the vast majority of writers. Take “affect” and “effect” — no matter how many times this grammar rule is explained to people, many writers continue to mix them up. If you’re regularly tripped up by homonyms such as “who’s vs. whose” and “further […]
10 common grammar mistakes you’re probably making