Monday, July 27, 2009

MISSPELLING MONDAY for July 27, 2009


I've really never understood why the word "jewelry" is so difficult for people to spell. I've seen it misspelled many, many times. I usually see it misspelled as "jewelery"...however, YOURS TRULY found it misspelled a different way, as shown above.

I'm baffled as to why this word is so tough for people to spell correctly. I swear I see the word misspelled more often than spelled correctly. Why do you think that is? Am I crazy, and this is a really tough word to spell? Or is it a pretty simple word, and people are just ignorant about its proper spelling? (I notice the same thing happens with the word "definitely"--doesn't seem like too tricky of a word, yet SO many people misspell it, usually this way: definately. Eek.)

Thanks, YOURS TRULY, for spotting this spelling error!

11 comments:

Rob said...

I suspect, like so many other misspelled words, that it is caused by the mispronunciation of the word. If people spell things from a phonetic standpoint, it is only natural that if they cannot pronounce a word correctly, they are going to misspell it.

sitboaf said...

It's because people pronounce it incorrectly. They say "joolery."
Kinda like "nookular," only people don't misspell that one as much.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Rob & Sitboaf = smart cookies. That explanation makes perfect sense!

Bridgete said...

I've seen "definately" a lot lately. More than usual. Drives me nuts. Mispronunciations drive me nuts too...maybe because they lead to spelling errors!

I once got into a debate with someone over the proper pronunciation of mischievous. I was probably more correct, since "mischievious" is considered "nonstandard" according to Merriam-Webster.

LadyStyx said...

I'm with them. When I was still in school and having to take spelling tests, I'd re-pronounce the word in my head the way it was supposed to look on the page before writing it. It was the only way to assure I'd get it correct. A good example is chocolate. It comes out as chok-lit so I'd think cho-ko-lah-tee. I always liked songs that spelled out words too. To this day I have to sing in my head the Jimney Cricket or Oscar Mayer songs to spell encyclopedia and bologna....

Yours Truly said...

I just can't believe this spelling error made it past someone before showing up in a Yahoo! ad...so irritating!

Happy Monday :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: I definitely (note the proper spelling, hehe!) agree with you on the "mischievous" versus "mis-CHEEV-I-ous" pronunciation thing. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: LOL! I like that tactic! :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Yours Truly: Sadly, knowing how those Yahoos are, I can TOTALLY see how this one snuck by. ;)

yello.cape.cod said...

I would say you have been seeing it spelled the British way, except that they spell it "jewellery" not "jewelery".

However, my spell checker here on Chrome is putting a red line under the former and NOT the latter. I have no idea what's going on there.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I think the British way of spelling it is adorable. Much cuter, for instance, than the Chrome way... ;)