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What’s Your “Can’t Seem to Spell it Right” Word?

Okay, I’ll admit it. No matter how many times I use the word. No matter how many times I try to commit to to memory, for some reason I always want to spell “acquisition” in all its tenses wrong. I always want to leave that “c” out, like I have a mental block on the word.

Being a writer and editor, you would think that, at some point, I would stop trying to misspell a word that, frankly, I use a lot. A large percentage of news items are about companies buying other companies, merging with other companies, or just obtaining new technology from someone else. And while all of the words in that previous sentence can be used in place of “acquire”, I can’t avoid using it completely.

So what is the solution? First, I am very aware that “acquire” is a trouble word of mine. Believe it or not, every time I type it out, in any context (including this blog post!) I mentally spell it out, going through each and every letter. I type fairly quickly, and don’t really stop to think about which keys I hit, or how I’m spelling most words – I just do it. But I slow down and deliberately hit every single letter for that word, since I know it will trip me up otherwise.

What is your “problem word?” Is there something that, no matter how many times you use it, you still find yourself wanting to misspell or misuse? I would love to hear which words trip you up, and what strategies you use to compensate!

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