By Jonathan Anker
(CNN) — While viewers and contestants of this year’s National Spelling Bee will fixate on the fine points of spelling “tchotchke” or the etymology of “maculature” (it’s French, from Latin), perhaps it would be a good time for many of us to lower our sights a little bit and focus on some of the words we use and type every day — and almost always misspell.
Such as, “misspell.”
Because while you can reasonably expect to never have to type the word “preprandial,” how many times have you second-guessed yourself while spelling out “accommodate?” Or “maintenance?”
These are the kind of words we actually need to know — and the ones that tend to humiliate us on a weekly basis.
So never mind what those 13-year-old future bosses of yours are spelling at the National Bee. Here are 11 words that many adults screw up.
Which are spelled correctly and which are wrong?
The answers are below.
Answers: 1, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 are incorrect.