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5 of the Hardest Words to Spell in the English Language

August 5, 2021    7 min read

Based on a global survey conducted by Statista.com, English is labelled as the most common language spoken worldwide in the year 2021. But we can all agree that sometimes the inconsistent pronunciations, complexities in syntax, and rules of the language can make speaking English words hard and confusing!

Do you ever wonder if you are spelling a word incorrectly and the more you write the word, the more confused you get? And this continues to a point when you completely forget how to spell it?

As a result of the continuous change in the pronunciation of certain words over time, and with people from diverse backgrounds often bringing in native touches to the English language, it is challenging for anyone to keep up with the game of spelling. Still, that's what makes English so fascinating!

Today, we are going to present some of the hardest words to spell in the English language. Read on to test your ability to spell these tricky words:

#5: Nauseous

“Nauseous,” is a world full of vowels which makes it hard to spell because it can be difficult to remember the order of vowels. Let's say if you’ve got the vowels sorted, there's still a chance that you may be unsure about the consonants.

The structure of "Nauseous" revolves around the “sh” sound that makes it sound like there should be a “c” in-between, same as in “conscious.”

#4: Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia means a word formed from a sound related to what it is named after. For example, “boom” of an explosion, the “tick-tock” of a clock. Between the eight vowels, what creates confusion sometimes is the fact that you just require half the letters from the word to make the “-pia” sound!

#3: Mischievous

Have you also been pronouncing “mis-CHEE-vee-ous” like this? Won't be surprising, if you do. Since we all spell it incorrectly because we pronounce it like that!

Since the actual word is “MIS-chi-vous”, and we often mispronounce it, it leads people to spell the word wrongly, as they think there’s an “i” after the “v.” The “i” in “mischievous” is after the “h,” same as in “mischief.” Because of this confusion, it’s one of the hardest English words to spell.

#2: Accommodate

Words with double letters are generally confusing; because remembering the double letters in words like “necessary” and “millennium” is no easy task.

Accommodate can be complicated to spell since it follows a different rule. Also, “accommodate”’s second “o” doesn’t really make an “o” sound; because you say it like an “a” or an “e” is placed in that spot. This complication makes it one of the hardest words to spell in English.

#1: Minuscule

You're absolutely wrong if you're pronouncing it as “mini-scule”. It carries no relation to “mini” or “miniature” but is actually derived from the Latin word minus, meaning “less.”

Wrapping Up

From the double letter dilemma to the tough vowel cycle, the English language sure is challenging yet fun. Are you someone who likes to play around with words and letters? If yes, then stay tuned with us for more such insights on the English language in the Language Fun series.

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