Spell Check #2

Identify the misspelled word in each sentence and enter its correct spelling.
Quiz by ThirdParty
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Last updated: January 1, 2014
First submittedDecember 30, 2013
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The groom was terrified of being left at the alter.
altar
She dozed off after laying down on a chaise longue.
lying
The prima donna sings well but tends to miss her queues.
cues
The chainsaw massacre effected a grizzly scene.
grisly
Most imperial colonies have succession movements.
secession
How do you get away with so openly flaunting the rules?
flouting
The novel's second edition has a new forward by the author.
foreword
My shoe has chaffed my foot and now I have a giant callus.
chafed
If I yolk a horse to an ass, will they pull as a team?
yoke
My puns are so bad that they do not even illicit groans.
elicit
Uncle Harry, tell us the tale of how you and Ant Bea first met!
Aunt
I want to travel the entire length and breath of the continent.
breadth
The drunkard walked a meandering course with a wobbly gate.
gait
You cannot beg, borrow, or steel respect; it can only be earned.
steal
Because the defendant is dead, the issue before the jury is mute.
moot
The dragon guarded its treasure horde with both fang and talon.
hoard
Do not trust the coinage; several dice have been stolen from the Mint.
dies
While Santa is doling out rewards, Krampus meets out punishment.
metes
The joke about senatorial candidates struck a cord with the audience.
chord
As soon as I was appraised of the situation, I took decisive action.
apprised
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Level 52
Dec 31, 2013
lounge is spelled wrong
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Level ∞
Jan 1, 2014
ThirdParty does not misspell!
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Level 39
Mar 29, 2018
He Mispelled Forward
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Level 64
Apr 18, 2018
@payel123: *misspelled*
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Level 75
Jun 3, 2021
Not enough type-ins here
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Level 49
Jan 1, 2014
"Lounge" (pronounced /lounj/) is a room for sitting in. "Longue" (pronounced /long/) describes a chair whose seat is longer than usual.
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Level 80
Feb 26, 2014
I couldn't believe it but longue is correct. But just for the record if you Google them, Chaise longue gets 1.68 million hits, while Chaise lounge gets 6.11 million. It's just another example of an obsolete term fading into obscurity (rightly or wrongly) or, out with the old, in with the new. (When was the last time you saw a bottle of catsup??)
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Level 76
Mar 17, 2014
Totally going bonkers with "longue" & "lounge". Never even considered lying. Also, confused about the coinage & the Mint. I guess I never thought of paper money after the word coinage and was stuck. Dies never crossed my mind. Nice job...these are fun.
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Level 72
Mar 23, 2014
Chaise Longue is French for, literally, Long Chair. Most people just pronounce longue as lounge. To be phonetically correct, the pronunciation of longue, in French anyway, would be with the O in Longue sounding like the O in the word "No" or "So". Also the ending, i.e., "gue" would be more emphasized than the g at the end of the English word long. So it would sound like "Lownga" or maybe even better, "Lownguh" Not trying to sound professorial, I just love this kind of stuff!
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Level 69
Apr 23, 2014
Disco, dies refers to the molding method used to press coins. As in die-cast. Not dyes as in ink dying paper money ;)
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Level 81
Mar 1, 2016
Since the piece of furniture and the word for it was adopted in America the name has been bastardised to the degree that "chaise lounge" is these days the accepted American spelling. "Chaise longue" is indeed what I'd consider correct, although both forms are apparently equally correct these days. I suppose "longue" was too close to "lounge" and since the chair often finds itself in a lounge that's what most people end up assuming.

One I'd love to see in this series is "tow the line" (vs. toe the line). Also "peek" and "peak".

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Level 70
Dec 14, 2016
I love learning little tidbits like "longue." I checked google ngrams and it seems that "chaise lounge" was clearly wrong before about 1920, but it has steadily been gaining popularity since the 1980s. Now it is about half as popular as the original spelling.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=chaise+lounge%2C+chaise+longue&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cchaise%20lounge%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cchaise%20longue%3B%2Cc0

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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
But longue and lounge are pronounced differently. For me hard to see how that could have gone wrong, I guess someone must have seen it written down and started pronouncing it wrong and others copying that? I understand the temptation to think of it as a lounge chair, but hard to imagine you call it that when you have heard someone else say chaise longue.

Anyway I came here to say what I see jlamb has also mentioned, that the dies does not have anything to do with dice or dyes, but die-casting. The process where molten metal is poured into a mould oops, mold I mean :D. (had to learn all about it in my studies, but forgot so much of it allready)

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Level 56
Jun 3, 2021
Longue in chaise longue means long chair in French and you almost pronounce it like "long" in English...
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Level 50
Jun 3, 2021
This is not a problem in England where the English language comes from. Its a French word and when we say it, we say "Chaise Longue". I have never heard anyone in England call it a "Chaise Lounge". That's just American's making up their own words again.
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Level 66
Jun 3, 2021
Lounge is not an 'alternative' spelling of longue, it is a different word and completely wrong. Whilst, through gritted teeth, I accept that language evolves, it does not evolve such as to replace a French word in a French noun with an English word that means something different.

Quite clearly someone at some point mispronounced longue as lounge and others have assumed that's how it's pronounced. Just because people have got it wrong and Google 'chaise lounge' doesn't make it an alternative!

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Level 49
Jan 2, 2014
Because Quizmaster sent me a nice email praising the series, I've created Spell Check #3.
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Level 67
Feb 26, 2014
Yeah, these are pretty grate. Keep up the good work!
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Level 61
Mar 26, 2015
your pretty clever!
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2016
I'm not sure if YOUR error was intentional or not.
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Level 58
Jul 9, 2016
^ Yes, I'm fairly certain they mint to do that.
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2017
Oviously.
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2019
A lot of people here are petty clever.
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
Yeah, day are allsome. I love the hole series. We want moor!
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Level 80
Jun 5, 2021
Keep off the moors!!
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Level 55
Jan 29, 2014
I believe that its should be it's when referring to the dragon's hoard.
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Level 49
Jan 29, 2014
I believe that it's correct the way it is.
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Level 56
Feb 26, 2014
I see what you did there! XD
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2014
Is it just me or does anyone else feel there is a significant difference between misspelled and misused?
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Level 60
Feb 26, 2014
BOOM!
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Level 49
Feb 27, 2014
I must admit, the title of the series is more ironic than literal; the series is actually about catching mistakes that slip past automated spelling checkers. The cause of any given mistake will of course vary from instance to instance: one person who writes "steel" when he means "steal" might be making a spelling error; another who does the same thing might be confused about which word is which; and a third might simply be making a typo.
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Level 81
Jun 9, 2014
Oh if you want to continue the series a good place to find errors is the world of fanfiction. Among other things it's taught me the wonderful colour "peach black" :)
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Level 49
Jun 9, 2014
I'm a teacher and so have a nearly-inexhaustible supply of writing errors submitted to me every semester; I don't feel any need to seek out more.
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Level 83
Mar 2, 2019
YouTube comment section is as far as anyone need go to find every spelling mistake ever committed condensed into one innocent video of how John Travolta really did 9/11 with Alex Jones hired by Boutros Boutros Boutros Boutros Gali to mastermind the coverup.
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Level 52
Mar 7, 2017
thank you...nothing misspelled just used wrong word.
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Level 87
Feb 26, 2014
There's really nothing wrong with the spelling or use of the word flaunting. It could mean someone who is ostentatiously exhibiting the rules (to the apparent dismay of the person asking the question).
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Level 49
Feb 26, 2014
That's true. Since "flout" and "flaunt" are both transitive verbs, any context in which one is grammatical will also be a context in which the other is grammatical. Nevertheless, when you see the phrase "flaunting the rules", it's a safe bet that you're looking at a spelling error.
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Level 45
May 10, 2017
No, it's a safe bet that someone is using the wrong word.
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Level 58
Feb 26, 2014
I'm sorry, but misusing and misspelling words are two different issues. I thought this was supposed to be about the latter. One star.
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Level 87
Mar 21, 2014
The description should probably point this out, but I think the point of the quiz is to identify commonly misused words that people don't realize they've misused because the error is not caught by spellcheck.
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Level 70
Dec 14, 2016
The title is great! You are missing a key issue here. When people rely on automated spell checkers only, there are often a lot of usage mistakes and conflated words.
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
really?? you give one star for that? But really if you use a different word than the one you mean, you are spelling it wrong, just like when people use too, when they really mean to.
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Level 20
Feb 28, 2014
Breath is spelled right, I was confused
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Level 87
Mar 21, 2014
All the words are spelled right. They're just the wrong words.
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Level 58
Sep 6, 2014
Length and breath of the continent? Is the continent breathing? The intended word is derived from 'broad', which hopefully will tell you what letter is missing from the given phrase.
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Level 38
Aug 14, 2014
laying...and lying...thats grammatical not spelling...just saying.
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Level 48
Apr 10, 2018
Well it can be both, because some people would spell lying thinking that's how u spell laying and vice versa
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Level 52
Oct 12, 2018
chickens (and birds) do the laying as with eggs, and humans when laying a table, but being prone or supine in bed is lying
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Level 82
Jun 3, 2021
I know the difference between the words, and one is transitive while the other is intransitive, but the way that language, especially spoken language, is often used where words are omitted but implied I can understand the sentence as she was laying herself down and I think then at least the spelling would be correct.
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Level 53
Oct 17, 2015
I love these!
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Level 76
Nov 27, 2015
Well done quiz! Great series! I had to stay sharp to complete it.
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Level 80
Mar 31, 2016
"The chainsaw massacre effected a grizzly scene."

I couldn't figure out what was wrong. I was picturing bears with chainsaws.

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Level 39
Jul 4, 2017
I had a problem with this one because even if you corrected grizzly to grisly it didn't appear to make sense. Have never seen "effect" used in this way.
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
How does it not make sense? any horror scene is grisly. (It comes from dutch griezelig btw which means scary/creepy)

If you are just talking about effected it means, well to cause the effect.. to give an outcome (not to be confused with to affect that outcome)

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Level 62
May 25, 2016
Isn't effected spelt wrong?
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Level 85
Jul 8, 2016
No it's spelt write.
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Level 81
Dec 27, 2018
I thought "effect" was the noun and "affect" is the verb. Forcing the noun form into it's own verb is too millennial-esque for my taste.
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
If you look at its use it has been around for a long time and has actually been decreasing since about 1850. So you sort of have that backwards, it is something going out of fashion instead of "a new word being forced" unless with millennial you are referring to the 1900's....
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Level 55
Jul 8, 2016
Longue.... I'll admit I got hung up on that one. Certainly thought it was supposed to be Lounge. 18/20
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Level 81
Jul 8, 2016
Effect is a noun, affect is the verb.
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Level 74
Jan 17, 2019
Both have multiple meanings. "Effected" is used correctly here, like in the expression "effect a change".
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
The use here is perfectly correct, those perhaps not extremely common in every day life.
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2016
Great quiz. Made me think. I really don't care whether it's spelling or grammar, it was fun.
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2016
This quiz and its predecessor and sequel are not so much incorrect spelling as they are the use of incorrect homonyms.
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2016
In many cases it is incorrect homonyms, not all. Some are not exact homonyms but close. To clarify my case.
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Level 44
Jul 9, 2016
Dammit, got everything easily except dice/dies. Because I had no idea what that was. Quiz overall: spelling/grammar win, general knowledge fail. (For me, that is. Not the quiz. It knew the things. I did not know the things.)
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Level 53
Jul 10, 2016
Callus should be spelled callous.
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Level 79
Feb 25, 2018
Wrong. They're two different words.
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Level 33
Jul 11, 2016
18/20, first attempt. Good quiz.
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Level 63
Sep 21, 2016
We need more spell checks!
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Level 34
Jul 11, 2017
Grammar and spelling are two different checks.
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Level 59
Jul 29, 2017
As wel ass speling, gramer arent impotant and not nor sinntacks niver
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Level 73
Aug 20, 2017
Most of these are not spelling - they're more word choice. I would have called this quiz "Fix the Grammar Mistakes."
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
Well if you are trying to spell the word meaning prologue ( foreword) and spell it as forward I would say that that is a spelling error. In most of these cases the people actually meant the correct word. Some times people do no know the meaning of a word, (like affect and effect, and intentionaly write the word they think is correct in that context).

Like noone would have meant "insect" Bea, they definitely meant wife of uncle.

Only the cases when if you used a synonym and people would say, no that is not what I was trying to say. Would not be a matter of being spelled wrong. That is my opinion on it.

(And sorry if there is any bad grammar or construction of sentences in this, I am sure there is, English is not my mother tongue)

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Level 15
Jan 14, 2018
2:48 to spare GG
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Level 90
Jan 19, 2018
Fourth question, effected is incorrect. It should be affected.
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Level 79
Feb 25, 2018
No, it shouldn't.
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2018
No, he is right. Effect is a noun, while affect is a verb. The sentence uses it as a verb, so it is supposed to be affected. I can’t believe no one else has pointed this out.
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Level 71
Aug 5, 2018
Maybe because effect is both noun and verb, the verb meaning ‘to cause’
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, because there are tons of comments about it allready/ And no effected is NOT wrong, look it up.
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Level 61
Apr 10, 2018
No. from the oxford dictionary:

The word it’s is always short for ‘it is’ (as in it's raining), or in informal speech, for ‘it has’ (as in it's got six legs).

The word its means ‘belonging to it’ (as in hold its head still while I jump on its back). It is a possessive pronoun like his.

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Level 37
Apr 24, 2018
some of these are grammar not spelling. Using the incorrect words are not spelling mistakes.
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2018
No one from New or Old England would ever spell aunt that way, no American would ever spell cue like that. Even swap.
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2018
I REALLY want to comment something about respect being earnt, not earned. :P
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Level 60
Aug 6, 2018
okay, this quiz is crap. "flaunting," "dice," and "appraised" or not "misspellings" in the sense that the others are misspellings; they're different words altogether, but perhaps used incorrectly. there's a big, big difference.
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Level 75
Aug 6, 2018
Just in theory. The people using the wrong word/spelling do in most case have the correct meaning/word in mind. They just can't bloody remember how to spell it and come up with something that looks write.
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Level 67
Dec 19, 2019
You wrote "or" instead of "are"... That is a misspelling. Ow wait, it can't be, can it, since it is a different word altogether (sarcasm.. ).

I don't get how you didn't realize áll of the words in this quiz are existing words. Really, how could you miss that?

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Level 37
Sep 15, 2018
Excellent quiz! -
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Level 83
Oct 24, 2018
Belly achers are a waist of time.
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Level 56
Feb 7, 2019
First of all - this is a grammar quiz, not a spelling one. Secondly, please fix the word "longue" to lounge.
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
Why?? There only needs to be ONE mistake in the sentence, no need to add another one..
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
And btw no comments that it is chair instead of chaise?? Im surprised.
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Level 23
Mar 2, 2019
In the chainsaw sentence, "affected" was written wrong. I was sure that was the problem :/
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Level 80
May 23, 2019
It isn't written wrongly. "Effected" makes sense. The chainsaw massacre resulted in a grisly scene, it didn't affect a grisly scene that was already there. That's just too much carnage :P
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2019
Only missed chafed, succession, metes, apprised and flouting. Not bad when english not your language :) Bummed I didnt get chafed though, I was trying to spell it right, but ran out of time. Have never heard of flouting, apprised and metes though.
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Level 70
Apr 7, 2020
I kind of died after reading the comment section. So many people just don't understand.
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Level 40
Feb 18, 2021
missed secession and I've learnt a new word today
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Level 22
Mar 6, 2021
i thought this was to correct spellings
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Level 58
Apr 1, 2021
From Bill Bryson's "The Mother Tongue":

* Just as a quick test, see if you can tell which of the following words

are mispelled

supercede

conceed

idiosyncracy

concensus

accomodate

impressario

rhythym

opthalmologist

diptheriea

anamoly

afficianado

caesarian

grafitti

In fact, they all are. So was misspelled at the end of the

preceeding paragraph. So was preceding just there. I'm sorry,

I'll stop. But I trust you get the point that English can be a

maddeningly difficult language to spell correctly.

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Level 64
May 7, 2021
longue? effected?
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Level 55
Jun 3, 2021
shouldn't it be affected? not effected
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Level 56
Jun 3, 2021
I don't understand the "succession" mistake...

It is simply not the same meaning.

If we need to guess what the person really wanted to say but didn't use the proper word for it, it will be really hard.

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Level 56
Jun 3, 2021
Not really a spelling test. It's more a word usage test.
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Level 58
Jun 3, 2021
"How do you get away with so openly flaunting the rules?" I honestly had no idea what word you were going for there, as this made no sense at all to me as it was written. As I was looking for a misspelled word, I was simply at a loss. "The drunkard walked a meandering course with a wobbly gate." This is also correct. I pictured a path that contained a gate that wobbled on its hinges. "Do not trust the coinage, several dice have been stolen from the Mint." Again, no idea what you were trying to say here, since the Mint does not have anything to do with dice, but I was searching for a misspelled word... Many of the others confused me as well, as they were nothing to do with spelling errors and were simply usage errors. It's a shame, because this could have been fun for me, but instead simply caused me stress.
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Level 32
Jun 3, 2021
A lot harder than I was expecting
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Level 18
Jun 4, 2021
I thought longue was wrong at first, i always thought it was pre Madonna and you used the wrong affected. It should be an a because it is the one affecting something rather than the end result of the effect
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Level 52
Jun 4, 2021
dont even know what half of these words mean lol
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Level 80
Jun 5, 2021
"Annoyed I got a couple wrong, that I just KNEW I should have had right, I'm going to enter a comment. On a quiz that has been on the site for more than six years, has been taken over 30k times, and generated 100+ comments, I'm certain NO ONE ELSE has mentioned MY particular complaint!"
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2021
I agree with bostjan about the drunkard one. A course can certainly be e.g. a path, so this could refer to a winding path that has a rickety gate and an inebriated man negotiating it. Not the first meaning you may think of, but correct.

I'm trying to think of a watertight version, tricky but how about:

"The drunkard's gate was wobbly as he meandered."

The trouble is that gates are often wobbly/unsteady...

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Level 67
Jun 5, 2021
You've already got "effected", but how about something like:

"The drunkard affected a steady gate even as he meandered."

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Level 30
Jun 7, 2021
most of these aren't spelling mistakes they are grammar errors. The words used are incorrect however they are still spelt correctly.