Six Common Misspellings That Don’t Get Caught by a Spellchecker

You can’t JUST rely on your spellchecker when you’re writing an email. Here are six tricky words that won’t always get caught by it . . .

1. “Led.” As in you “led the meeting yesterday.” A lot of people think it’s spelled L-E-A-D, but that’s just when it’s present tense. The past tense is L-E-D.

2. “Manager.” People miss the second “A” all the time and write “manger,” as in “away in a manger.” They’re both real words, so spellcheckers tend to miss it.

3. “Judgment.” A lot of people add an “E” after the “G,” which is how it’s spelled in England. But in the U.S., the entire word only has one “E” in it . . . J-U-D-G-M-E-N-T.

4. “Identify.” This one’s just a typo. People write “identity” by mistake a lot. Which is easy to do, because the “T” and “F” are right next to each other on your keyboard.

5. “Ensure.” If you’re talking about making sure something happens, then it starts with an “E.” It only starts with an “I” if you’re talking about insurance.

6. “Affect” vs. “Effect.” One starts with an “A,” and the other starts with an “E.” The one with an “A” is almost always used as a verb . . . like, “missing your deadlines negatively AFFECTS my day.” And the one with an “E” is usually used as a noun . . . like, “missing your deadline had a negative EFFECT on my day.”