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In each of the following pairs, only one is a word; the other is a common misspelling of that word. See if you can identify the correctly spelled word in each set, and then compare your answers to those on page two. (To view this quiz without ads, click on the print icon near the top of the page.)

  1. (a) absorbtion (b) absorption
    The act or process of absorbing something; occupying the full attention or interest.

  2. (a) accidentally (b) accidently
    Happening unexpectedly or by chance.

  3. (a) alterior (b) ulterior
    Lying beyond what is evident; deliberately and deceptively concealed.

  4. (a) Arctic (b) Artic
    Relating to the North Pole or the region near it.

  5. (a) asterick (b) asterisk
    The character * used as a reference mark in printing.

  6. (a) basically (b) basicly
    At a basic level or in a basic manner.

  7. (a) congradulations (b) congratulations
    Acknowledging someone's achievements or good fortune.

  8. (a) definate (b) definite
    Certain, clearly defined, having distinct limits.

  9. (a) disasterous (b) disastrous
    Terrible, calamitous.

  10. (a) embarass (b) embarrass
    To cause someone to feel self-conscious or ill at ease.

  11. (a) epitome (b) epitomy
    A perfect example of a class or type.

  12. (a) grammar (b) grammer
    The systematic study and description of a language.

  13. (a) grievious (b) grievous
    Serious, grave, causing pain or anguish.

  14. (a) marshmallow (b) marshmellow
    A sweet white confection.

  15. (a) mathematics (b) mathmatics
    The science of numbers and their operations.

  16. (a) murmer (b) murmur
    A low indistinct sound; an abnormal sound of the heart.

  17. (a) parliament (b) parliment
    A legislative body or a formal conference for the discussion of public affairs.

  18. (a) perogative (b) prerogative
    A right or privilege held by a person or group.

  19. (a) possible (b) possable
    Within the limits of ability.

  20. (a) priviledge (b) privilege
    A right or immunity granted as a benefit or favor.

  21. (a) recommend (b) recomend
    Endorse as fit or worthy.

  22. (a) sacreligious (b) sacrilegious
    Irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing.

  23. (a) tenative (b) tentative
    Not fully worked out or agreed on.

  24. (a) tradegy (b) tragedy
    A disastrous event.

  25. (a) verbage (b) verbiage
    Wordiness.

The correct answers are on page two.

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