Is it strange to have a favorite misspelling? Sure, when I graded papers in my teaching days, I giggled at confusions between defiantly and definitely, feet and feat, yay and yeah, bare and bear, and even emulate and immolate; however, my all-time favorite has to be when a writer misspells the word “misspell.” It’s just so beautifully ignorant and ironic all tied up with a pretty little grammarian bow.
Some want to throw in a hyphen (mis-spell); some avoid the double ‘s’ (mispell); I’ve even seen it with an extra ‘p’ surely for pizzazz (missppell). But you’ve surely never misspelled “misspell,” have you?
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