I am a mostly educated, relatively smert grown-up type person, but even after decades, my brain cannot parse the fact that “fridge” has a D in it, while “refrigerator” does not.  I pride myself on my lack of misspelling in even the most complex of workplace terms (and in my workplace, that ain’t easy) but still to this day have some confusion about E-I pairs like “receiving.”  Everyone’s brain has words that simply won’t go right, forcing you to sound out ‘Wed-Nes-Day” or look like a fool, leading to today’s formdible fomridable formibadle super-hard query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) urges bilingual Spoilerites to use your native languages, especially if they have their own cool letters, asking: What word is your most common habitual misspelling?

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  1. January 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    This is a tough one. Sometimes it feels like I’ve got better English than some of native English speakers. However, my incomprehensible Finnish has some things even I’m baffled about, one of those being compound words. They are all spoken pretty much identically, even teachers can’t say how all of them should go, so I gave up and trust how it feels.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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