Spell Check #1

Identify the misspelled word in each sentence and enter its correct spelling.
Quiz by ThirdParty
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Last updated: January 28, 2014
First submittedDecember 16, 2013
Times taken47,436
Rating4.94
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The principle factor in my deliberations must be my family's health
principal
Regrettably, the deceased monarch did not leave behind any airs
heirs
Ever sense the hijacking, she refuses to board planes
since
I will only tell you my secret if you promise to be discrete
discreet
Overuse of pesticides had a deleterious affect on eagle eggs
effect
She awaited his next advance with baited breath
bated
A noxious scent began defusing through the ventilation system
diffusing
You can now buy a ride into outer space, but the fair is exorbitant
fare
I council you to keep your eyes peeled and your mouth zipped
counsel
The bell of the ball looked devilish in her black satin gown
belle
In a blaring of bugles, the Calvary rode to the rescue
cavalry
There are no inherit differences between races, only cultural ones
inherent
We must liberate the populous from the tyrannical dictator
populace
The husband's diamond cuff links matched his wife's broach
brooch
Salad was traditionally a palette cleanser eaten just before dessert
palate
He was adverse to team sports, preferring solo competitions
averse
The film's climatic moment came just minutes before the end
climactic
He confessed because the felony was preying upon his conscious
conscience
I cannot discern the rational behind the new protocols
rationale
This wine is the perfect compliment for fish such as perch or bass
complement
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Level 81
Dec 17, 2013
Very nice!
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Level 74
Dec 18, 2013
LOVE this!
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Level 67
Dec 18, 2013
Need more time.
+31
Level 54
Jun 28, 2014
Eye kneaded moor thyme two.
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Level 84
Jul 16, 2014
Haha, nice.
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Level 52
Oct 12, 2018
oui, moi aussi
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Level 73
Dec 18, 2019
Time*
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Level 70
Dec 7, 2020
When did you have your sense of humour bypass?
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Level 85
Mar 31, 2021
I'm surprised he didn't try to correct the whole sentence, tbh
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Level 39
Apr 26, 2021
r/wooosh
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Level 73
Dec 18, 2013
Too hard...please except alternative spellings :-)
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Level 49
Dec 18, 2013
:-D
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Level 79
Dec 26, 2013
"He was adverse to team sports, prefering solo competitions." This one has two errors! The correct spelling is "preferring".
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Level 49
Dec 26, 2013
You're right. I've submitted a fixed version.
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Level 49
Dec 30, 2013
Because this quiz was so well-received, I have gone ahead and created a sequel: Spell Check #2.
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Level 49
Jan 2, 2014
And now Spell Check #3 as well.
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Level 34
Oct 30, 2020
YAY!!!
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Level 34
Oct 30, 2020
YAY!!!
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Level 72
Jan 27, 2014
one more minute please!
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Level 73
Jan 27, 2014
Would be nice
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2021
Eye would need it two
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Level 61
Jan 27, 2014
I spent so much time trying to figure out how "exorbitant" was spelled wrong that I missed fair/fare.
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Level 80
Jan 27, 2014
I did the same thing with "deleterious".
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2014
Yep, that was a deliberate red herring; if the only words in the sentence were ones you were sure you knew how to spell, the obvious error would have been obvious.
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Level 50
Jun 20, 2014
Bad choice of phrasing.
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Level 58
Jan 27, 2014
Outstanding quiz!
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Level 76
Jan 27, 2014
That was awesome...nice job. Not too happy with only thirteen but looking foreward to the other two...yes there is a misspell on purpose.
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Level 52
Jan 27, 2014
gahh! I zoned out and the time expired.
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Level 35
Jan 28, 2014
I spent ages wondering why it wasn't accepting sulphurous- Why can't we all just spell things the same way? -_- Could sulphurous be accepted or the word changed or specify that American spellings are used?
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Level 49
Jan 28, 2014
Dang, I thought I'd avoided British/American differences; missed that one. I've changed "sulfurous" to "noxious".
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Level 25
Jan 28, 2014
aeroplane ;)
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Level 49
Jan 28, 2014
Blimey! I've changed it to "planes".
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Level 55
Apr 21, 2014
Finally, something for us grammar Nazis.
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Level 84
Jul 16, 2014
Yes! I feel exactly the same. These kinds of things drive me nuts.
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Level 45
Jun 6, 2014
UMMMM... The first spelling of "principle" was actually correct in this case. No one else noticed?
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Level 49
Jun 6, 2014
"Principle" is a noun meaning "basic tenet" and "principal" is an adjective meaning "most important".
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Level 67
Dec 18, 2019
Some people just have no principles when it comes to spelling and grammar.
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Level 27
Jul 3, 2014
i think wrong word not wrong spelling or misspelled
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2014
3:33 left. Winner!
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Level 83
Sep 24, 2018
6:66 left. Double winner!
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Level 73
Dec 18, 2019
But there are only 60 seconds in a minute ;)
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Level 53
Nov 26, 2014
Took me forever to get populace. Love this quiz!
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Level 19
Nov 27, 2014
only 6/20. Awesome Quiz!
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Level 58
Apr 6, 2015
Loved this!
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Level 68
Jun 5, 2015
100% with 2:09 left.
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Level 81
Apr 24, 2016
The problem is I don't nearly always understand what the writer wants to say. I get so stuck on the misspellings. Like "bell" - wtf is a bell doing at the ball? Church bell? Wedding bell? And I lose track of what I am reading completely. The best one I've ever come across in a real text was the phrase "peach black". Now that must've been some peach!
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Level 85
Apr 24, 2016
I wouldn't eat that peach if I was you.
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Level 80
Oct 27, 2016
Since we're being grammar Nazis here, "...if I WERE you." (The 'if' triggers using the subjunctive tense.)
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Level 85
Sep 23, 2019
Thanks for the correction :)
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Level 70
Apr 24, 2016
I fund thes quis prety eesy my being sooch a god speler.
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Level 68
Apr 24, 2016
This is technically a spelling quiz, but really a grammar quiz. Either way, well done!
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Level 47
Apr 24, 2016
I just love quizzes in which I know every single one of the answers first time.
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Level 59
Apr 24, 2016
Great one- #'s 2 to 10, please, ThirdParty! Being male, I struggled with "not cuff links" for a while. Average score of 25 year olds? My guess is about 3.
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Level 67
Jan 28, 2020
Male?? 25 year olds?? What do those have to do with anything.. especially the first one. Is even spelling gender based all of a sudden?

omg that would make things even more complicated like: "I'm panromantic and gender-fluid but spellingwise I identify as male"...

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Level 71
Apr 25, 2016
This is the kind of quiz which shows who truly got an education.
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Level 75
Apr 25, 2016
This quiz doesn't seem to accept type-ins.
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Level 83
Sep 24, 2018
I've been looking for this snarky comment.
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Level 69
Apr 26, 2016
Finally, a quiz to indulge my inner copy editor.
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Level 37
Jun 13, 2016
Too easy!
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Level 44
Jul 8, 2016
"You can now buy a ride into outer space, but the fare is exorbitant."

Am I the only who chuckled because outer space is literally out of (earth's) orbit?

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Level 71
Oct 17, 2016
This was grate, ThirdParty; excellent job on the read herrings! Thank ewe for doing a pare of sequels to!
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Level 52
Nov 21, 2016
2.26 left for me...
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Level 17
Jul 8, 2017
Awesome quiz!
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Level 42
Oct 21, 2017
Gweat quis! Shud doo moor off dese!
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Level 15
Jan 14, 2018
2:59 to spare GFG
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Level 70
Feb 11, 2018
I'm sorry, but knowing the full context of these statements shows that many of the "mistakes" are actually correct.

-Being part of a continuum of people makes it impossible to keep a secret, so truly it is important to be discrete.

-Knowing his fondness for Italian food, she had just eaten a full bulb of garlic.

-The "noxious scent" deactivated a series of bombs set throughout the ducting.

-The Orbital Carnival does, in fact, charge far too much for tickets.

-Inheritance law itself does not distinguish between races, but varying cultural interpretations and attitudes can have an effect.

-The film referred to is Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Please make the appropriate corrections with all do speed.

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Level 83
Sep 24, 2018
Well played finish.
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Level 61
Apr 22, 2021
Where are the likes for this comment? It's very cute.
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Level 83
Sep 24, 2018
Nice use of potential homonyms throughout the sentences to make us work for it.
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Level 53
Jan 27, 2019
pervect with 16 sec left
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Level 37
Aug 15, 2019
climactic moment.
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2020
I live in a small village in Bhutan for my whole life and finished within 2 minutes.
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Level 66
Mar 31, 2021
Probably did better than most of my fellow UK citizens!
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Level 76
Feb 17, 2020
My pedantry feels well catered for.
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Level 45
Apr 28, 2020
I really enjoyed this. Annoyed at myself, though, for spending so long trying to figure out how one sentence was spelt incorrectly, and it turns out the wrong word was used instead, but it's a common misunderstanding. Whoops xD
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Level 90
Apr 30, 2020
Climatic and climactic are interchangeable, neither word is wrong, they are both correct smh
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Level 66
Mar 31, 2021
No, in this context, climatic cannot be right. Climatic refers to climate; climactic to climax. SMH!
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Level 57
Jul 5, 2020
dyslexic, didn't realise there was anything wrong with most of them.
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Level 40
Feb 18, 2021
only missed populace :(
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Level 51
Mar 31, 2021
I like how the simplest word in each sentence is misspelled.
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Level 54
Mar 31, 2021
Oh my, if you are not a native English speaker, you are totally lost here.
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2021
Not true. My native language is German and I got eleven before the time ran out, including the least guessed one.
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Level 58
May 18, 2021
my native language is French and i got 19/20
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Level 67
Mar 31, 2021
Got the salad one with 2 seconds remaining after trying pretty much every possible combination of the letters in the misspelled word!
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Level 49
Mar 31, 2021
how do you not get populace its easy
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2021
it's*
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2021
Wow, I did not realize there are three spellings of pallet/palette/palate! I don't think I even realized there are two.
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Level 45
Mar 31, 2021
INHERITED, not inherent
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Level 58
May 18, 2021
it's two different words. both exist
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Level 58
Mar 31, 2021
I feel old. Way easy.
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Level 46
Mar 31, 2021
Easy, got them all in record time. Helps that I'm a copy editor. Also that I'm literate.
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Level 55
Apr 1, 2021
Could we have a bit more time?
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Level 39
Apr 1, 2021
I tried so many spellings for populous.. I'm not sure I've ever seen it written down like that
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Level 58
May 18, 2021
it's two different words. "populous" is an adjective that means there's a lot of people. "populace" is a noun that means the people.
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