29 words with unexpected spellings
English spelling rules are just weird.
We have words that sound the same but are spelled differently (i.e. you and
ewe), words with letters that have nothing to do with how the word is
pronounced (i.e. thought, although), words that contain silent letters
(knight, pneumonia) and words that don’t have a singular form (trousers,
Here’s a look at 29 words that aren’t spelled the way you would expect. Can
you spell them without looking them up?
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What words trip you up, PR Daily readers? Let us know about your
Achilles’ heel in the comments.
Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor and a regular
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