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Word surprises — take this quiz and discover the thrill of correct word spelling
Aug 12, 2011
Here’s some word surprises. Did you know that:
• Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand, assuming you are a proper-typist, as opposed to those of us who specialize in the hunt-and-peck two-finger typing system. 
• Lollipop is the longest word typed with your right hand. 
• No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple. 
• Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters mt. 
• The sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every letter of the alphabet. 
• The words racecar, kayak and level are palindromes. That is, they read the same from left to right and right to left. 
• There are only four words in the English language which end in dous: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous  and hazardous. 
• There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: abstemious and facetious.
• Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Test yourself on the most commonly misspelled words. Select the correct spelling in each of the following questions.
There are no prizes.  Just the thrill of knowing that you knew the correct spelling, or did you? 
Which of the following spellings is correct? 
(Answers follow.)
1.  
a. acomodate 
b. accomodate 
c. acommodate 
d. accommodate 
2.  
a. acknowledgment 
b. acknowledgement 
c. acknowlegment 
d. acknowlegement 
3. 
a. arguement 
b. argument 
c. arguemant 
d. arguemint 
4. 
a. comitment 
b. comitmment 
c. commitment 
d. comitmant 
5. 
a. consensus 
b. concensus 
c. consencus 
d. consenssus 
6. 
a. deductible 
b. deductable 
c. deductuble 
d. deductabel 
7. 
a. dependant 
b. depindant 
c. dependent 
d. dependunt 
8. 
a. embarras 
b. embaras 
c. embarass 
d. embarrass 
9. 
a. existance 
b. existence 
c. existanse 
d. existanc 
10. Which of the following spellings is correct for a page at the beginning of a book? 
a. foreward 
b. forword 
c. forworde 
d. foreword 
11. 
a.harass 
b. haras 
c. harrass 
d. herrass 
12. 
a. inadvertant 
b. inadvartant 
c. inadvartent 
d. inadvertent 
13. 
a. indispensabel 
b. indispensible 
c. indispensable 
d. indespensible 
14. Which of the following spellings is correct in Canadian English? 
a. judgement 
b. judgment 
c. judgemant 
d. judgmant 
15. 
a. liason 
b. liasson 
c. liasone 
d. liaison
16. 
a. licence 
b. license 
c. licens 
d. lisence 
17. 
a. occassion 
b. ocassion 
c. occasion 
d. ocasion 
18. 
a. occurrence 
b. ocurrance 
c. occurrance 
d. occurance 
19. 
a. perserverance 
b. persaverence 
c. perserverence 
d. perseverance 
20. 
a. prerogative 
b. perogative 
c. perogitive 
d. preragitive 
21. 
a. privelege 
b. privilege 
c. privlege 
d. privelige 
22. 
a. procede 
b. proceede 
c. proced 
d. proceed 
23. 
a. seperate 
b. separete 
c. separate 
d. seperate
24. 
a. supersede 
b. supercede 
c. superceed 
d. suparseed 
25. 
a. withhold 
b. withhuld 
c. withold 
d. withhald 
Answers
1d: accommodate 
2a: acknowledgment
3b: argument
4c: commitment 
5a: consensus
6a: deductible
7c: dependent
8d: embarrass
9b: existence
10d: foreword
11a: harass
12d: inadvertent
13c: indispensable
14b: judgment
15d: liaison
16a: license
17c: occasion
18a: occurrence
19d: perseverance
20a: prerogative
21b: privilege
22d: proceed
23c: separate
24a: supersede
25a: withhold