An email in which balloon was spelled “baloon” got me thinking about words with double letters.
Many of the most frequently-misspelled words in English are misspelled by leaving out a letter.
Others are misspelled because we think a letter should be doubled, so we put in an extra one.
I thought it might be useful to organize these frequently-misspelled words into three categories.
Words we try to spell with too few letters
Words that have double letters, but not as many as we think
Words that don’t have double letters, but we want to add them
i. There’s also the spelling colosseum with a double s.
ii. British usage doubles the l in labelled.
Caveat to writers of British English: Most word-processing software comes with spell-checkers programmed for American spelling usage.
Another NOTE: Merriam-Webster gives programmed as the first spelling and programed as an alternate. Go figure.