Misspelled Numbers, Months, and Days
Yes, these are elementary spelling words, but cruise the web and you will see them misspelled all over the place.
- forty the error is to try to make it match four
- ninety the mistake is leaving out the e
- February the error is in omitting the first r
- Wednesday the error is in omitting the first d
NOTE: This peculiar spelling incorporates an old noun possessive. The day of the week was named for the god Woden. Before English started using apostrophe s to indicate the possessive of a noun, it used a genitive ending –es. Wednesday is literally Woden’s Day. Somewhere along the way the o in Woden became an e.
Speaking of days and months, another frequently misspelled word in this category is calendar. The error is writing er for ar.
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4 Responses to “Misspelled Numbers, Months, and Days”
I get confused a lot this sgght really helps me.
Oops, just realised we were limited to Numbers, Months, and Days.
Ah, well, there’s the start of an idea for a ‘commonly misspelt words’ article.
‘Halloween’ (plethora of errors available) and ‘tattoo’ (‘tatoo’ – wrong) are nasty ones as well.
Also the suffix -or in words such as doctor and visitor are sometimes misspelt (which itself is sometimes ‘mispelt’) with the -er suffix as in ‘visiter’.
I get confused occasionally with nineteen (missing e again).
I also tend to reverse the dn in Wednesday (Wendsday).
Then there is the first r in February.