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Why is English spelling so mixed up, crazy and irregular?

There are 3,500 words in English that contain exceptions to the spelling 'rules'. And some of the rules have hundreds of exceptions.

How did we get
into this situation?

What happened historically that we spell 'month' and 'mother' with an 'o' instead of a 'u'?

Answer

Have you ever been puzzled by why so many of our words end with a seemingly useless 'e' such as 'have' and 'gone'?

Answer

Are you sometimes not sure if you should double a letter or not?

Why is that?

How long does it take an average English child to learn to spell well?

Answer

How long does it take an average Italian child to learn to spell well?

Answer

Why the difference?

Answer

Can spelling be modernised?

Tell me more...

What's the cost of having such a difficult spelling system?

The cost

Want to find out what is being DONE to end this madness?

What's being done?

Do YOU want to do something about it?

Yes

So it's not you; it's the system. But take heart! Here's a list of 71 common tricky-to-spell words which will help you focus on memorising the ones most people are most likely to misspell.

Common misspellings
Did You Know:

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

FAMOUS ONES WHO WANTED TO IMPROVE
THE ENGLISH SPELLING SYSTEM
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Darwin
  •  Lord Tennyson
  • Mark Twain
  •  Theodore Roosevelt
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Darwin
  • Lord Tennyson
  • Mark Twain
  • Theodore Roosevelt