Researchers who studied 2,000 adults found that more than half had problems spelling commonly used words. Photo: Julian Simmonds
Embarrassment, occasionally and necessary have been listed among the words
Britons have most difficulty spelling.
Researchers who studied 2,000 adults found that more than half had problems
spelling commonly used words.
The list included accommodate, questionnaire and rhythm. Conscience also
proved tricky, along with occurrence, restaurant and guarantee.
The research, commissioned by the television channel Nick Jr. UK to mark its
new literacy-based show, Wallykazam!, found that 40 per cent of people
confessed that they rely on autocorrect technology to monitor their
More than one in five would panic if they were forced to abandon spellchecking
technology and rely on their own knowledge.
Nearly half of people admitted they judged others if their spelling was poor,
while just under a quarter of people admit they have been embarrassed by a
spelling mistake they made at work.
One in five said they tended to Google a word to check its correct spelling.
50 common words Britons struggle to spell: