Can You Spell These Words Without a Spell-Checker?

By: Isadora Teich
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Can You Spell These Words Without a Spell-Checker?
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About This Quiz

Are you a spelling champion and ready to prove it? Even for many people who grow up speaking the English language, spelling poses a challenge throughout their lives. This is because the English language is exceptionally tricky. A true mutt of a language with roots and influence all over the world, words from different sources often have different spelling rules. Words with Latin roots, for example, look, sound and are spelled differently than words with Greek roots. This is part of the reason why English appears to have inconsistent rules.  

There is a reason spelling bees are popular contests that people often watch in total suspense. It takes a lot of skill to spell some of the English language's longest, oddest and most deceptive words perfectly under pressure. Most people even have a few mistakes when using a spell checker. Spelling words perfectly, the first time, from memory requires an impressive amount of brain power. It can be difficult, and sometimes even seem impossible, to get every last tricky word perfectly correct. 

If you are a lover of all the quirks of the English language with a knack for getting your words right, put your mind to the test with this difficult HowStuffWorks spelling quiz! 

The holy grail is said to grant _________ life.
internal
eternal
Eternal is an adjective. It describes things which last forever.
eeternall
eaturnal

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Her grandfather was an:
immigrint
immagrant
imagrant
immigrant
Immigrant is a noun. It is a person who comes to live permanently in a country they were not born in.

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Many ancient cultures built:
puramides
pyrramids
pyramids
Pyramid is a noun. A pyramid is a structure with a square or triangular base that comes to a point at the top.
peeramidds

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What is your _______?
kwest
qesst
quest
Quest can be a noun or verb. It is both a long arduous search and undertaking one.
cuestt

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Flowers _______ in spring.
blissem
blosom
blossom
Blossom is the correct spelling. It is both a noun and a verb.
bloezam

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Miley Cyrus is a:
selebritie
celebrity
Celebrity is a noun. A celebrity is a famous and well-known individual.
cellebritty
selebriti

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A healthy diet includes:
vieber
fiber
Fiber is a noun with multiple meanings. It can be applied to human, animal and plant bodies, textiles and foods.
fiebre
fyburr

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The earth ______ around the sun.
reevolvs
revolves
Revolve is a verb. It means to move in a circle on a central axis.
reffoolvs
reavolvs

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Hannah was an expert on Greek _______.
miths
mithes
myths
Myth is a noun. Myths are traditional stories or legends.
mighths

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______ is one of the seven deadly sins.
envie
ennvy
enfie
envy
Envy is both a noun and a verb. It comes from the Latin word invidere, meaning to regard maliciously.

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Desmond is a __________ businessman.
chrood
shrude
shrewd
Shrewd is an adjective. It means savvy and clever.
shurode

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Imani is an _______ of the cause.
ally
Ally is the correct spelling. An ally is a friend, or someone aligned positively with something else.
alley
ali
alee

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The flu was a global:
epidemic
Epidemic is a noun. An epidemic is a deadly disease that infects large numbers of people.
eppedemec
ipidimic
epidemick

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Sharks are largely ________ creatures.
ssolitere
soliatare
solitary
Solitary is an adjective. It means done or existing alone.
soulittery

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The crooked politician was forced to ________ their candidacy.
wythdraw
witthdrawe
wythdrew
withdraw
Withdraw is a verb. It means to remove or take away.

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Antelopes are:
aggile
ajille
agle
agile
Agile is the correct spelling. It is an adjective which means deft and graceful.

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They sailed easily on the _______ lake.
placid
Placid is an adjective. It means calm.
plassid
plesed
plasydd

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Hannibal Lecter is a:
kannibble
cannibal
Cannibal is a noun. A cannibalistic creature eats its own kind.
canniballe
canibble

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Anna's boyfriend is a:
dissaster
dizatre
disaster
Disaster is a noun. Synonyms include tragedy, misfortune and failure.
distaster

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I feel:
drowzie
drowsie
drowsy
Drowsy is an adjective. It means sleepy.
draughsie

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James bought __________ for his lawn.
furtulizerr
fertilizer
Fertilizer is a noun. It is a chemical or natural substance added to soil or land to make it more fertile.
phertalizer
ferrtuliser

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There was a _________ atmosphere.
festive
Festive is an adjective meaning celebratory. It comes from the Latin word festum which means feast.
phestive
festuve
festif

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Jordan can hold a ________ forever.
grudge
Grudge is both a noun and a verb. It can mean a feeling of resentment or to resent.
grooje
gruge
grudg

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Kevin felt a _______ of terror.
jolt
Jolt is both a noun and a verb. Synonyms include thrust, bump, and jerk.
joelt
jolte
jollt

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It's important to use _________ to solve problems.
logick
loggic
logic
Logic is a noun. It comes from the Greek word logos, which means word or reason.
lojik

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Most of the world lives in:
povertie
povvurtee
poverty
Poverty is a noun. It is the state of being extremely poor.
povrty

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The cookies seemed to:
wanish
vanitch
vannish
vanish
Vanish is a verb. It means to disappear.

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Julio cried in:
anngish
anguish
Anguish is a noun. It is a deep feeling of grief.
angwitch
ahnguish

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I listen to a ________ of music genres.
farritty
variety
Variety is a noun. It is the quality or state of being diverse.
verrietie
verity

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The teapot is an:
antique
Antiques are valuable collectibles. Their age gives them their value.
antike
anteeck
anntique

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We had a ________ walk.
brissk
brisk
Brisk is an adjective. It means active, fast, or energetic.
brisc
brizsk

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Monks _________.
chant
Chant is both a noun and a verb. It is both a rhythmic phrase repeated often by multiple people in unison, or the act of doing this.
shant
chahnt
channt

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Don't touch __________ chemicals.
hasardiss
hazardos
hazzardous
hazardous
Hazardous is an adjective. It means dangerous.

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I feel ________ pain.
slight
Slight is an adjective. It means that something is in a small amount.
slite
slit
slyt

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There was only one _______ in the attack.
fatahlitie
fatality
Fatality is a noun. A fatality is a death caused by an accident, tragedy, war or disease.
faytalitie
phatallity

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