Yello Spell Bee

100 Most Often Misspelled Word In English

Here are the 100 words most often misspelled (‘misspell is one of them). Master the orthography of the words on this page and reduce the time you spread searching dictionaries by 50%.


  1. Acceptable 

         * Just remember to accept any table offered to you and you will spell this word OK.

2. Accidentally

         * When It is an adverb the ending is ally and al in case of adjective (“accidental” in this case).

3. Accommodate

         * Remember, this word is large enough to accommodate both a double “c” AND a double “m”.

4. Acquire

        * Try to acquire the knowledge that this word and the next began with the prefix ad- but the [d] converts to [c] before [q].

5. Acquit

         * See the previous discussion.

6. A lot

         * Two words! Hopefully, you won’t have to allot a lot of time to this problem.

7. Amateur

        * A parent need not be apparent but “apparent” must pay the rent, so remember this word always has the rent.

8. Argument

         * Let’s not argue about the loss os this verb’s silent [e] before the suffix -ment.

9. Atheist

        * Lords help you remember not to commit a heist



  1. Believe  

        * You must believe that [i] usually comes before [e] except after [c]

2. Bellwether

        * Often misspelled “bellweather.”



  1. Calendar

       * This word has an [e] between two [a]s. The last vowel is [a].

2. Category

       * This word is not in a category with ” catastrophe” even if it sounds like it: the middle letter is [e].

3. Cemetery

       * Don’t let this one bury you: it ends on -cry.

4. Changeable

       * The verb “change” keeps its [e] here to indicate that the [g] is soft, not hard.

5. Collectible

       * Another -ible word. You just have to remember.

6. Column

       * Silent final [e] is commonplace in English but a silent final [n] is not uncommon, especially after [m].

7. Committed

       * if you are committed to correct spelling, you will remember that this word doubles its final [t] from “common” to “committed.”

8. Conscience

      * Do not con your science.

9. Conscientious

      * Your Spelling conscientiously and remember this word doubles its final [t] from “commit” to “committed.”

10. Conscious

      * Try to be conscious of the “sc” [ch]’ sound and all the vowels in this word’s ending and i-o-u a note.

11. Consensus

      * The census does not require a consensus since they are not related.



1. Daiquiri

      *This is a funny word the name of a Cuban Village. 

2. Definite (ly)

      * This word definitely sounds as though it ends only on it, but it carries a silent               “e”

3. Discipline

      * A little discipline, spelled with the[s] and the [c] will get you to the correct spelling.

4. Drunkenness

      * You would be surprised how many sober people omit one of the [n]s in this one. 

5. Dumbbell

      * Even smart people forget one of the [b]s in this one. (So be careful who you call one when you write.)



  1. Embarrass (ment)

      * This one won’t embarrass you if you remember it is large enough for a double [r] AND a double [s].

2. Equipment

       * This word is misspelled “equipment

3. Exhilarate

     * Remembering that [h] when you spell this word will lift your spirit and if you remember both [a]s, it will be exhilarating!

4. Exceed

      * Remembering that this one is -ceed, not -cede. (To exceed all expectations, master the spellings of this word, “precede” and “supersede” below.)

5. Existence

       * No word like this one spelled with an [a] is in existence.

6. Experience

       * Don’t experience that same problem many have with “existence” above in this word: -ence!



  1. Fiery

       * The silent “e” on “fire” is also cowardly: it retreats inside the word rather than face the suffix -y.

2. Foreign

       * Here is one of the several words that violate the i-before-e-rule. (see “believe” above.)



  1. Gauge

    * You must learn to gauge the positioning of the [a] and [u] in this word. Remember they are in alphabetical order (through not the [e]).

2. Grateful

       * You should be grateful to know keeping “great” out of “grateful” is great.

3. Guarantee

       * I guarantee you that this word is not spelled like “warranty” even though they are synonyms.



  1. Harass

       * This word is too small for two double letters but don’t let it harass you, just keep the [r]s down to one.

2. Height

       * English reaches the height (not heighth!) of absurdity when it spells “height” and “width” sp differently.

3. Hierarchy

       * The i-before-e rule works here, so what is the problem?

4. Humorous

       * Humor us and spell this word “humorous”: the [r] is so weak, it needs an [o] on both sides to hold it up



  1. Ignorance

      * Don’t show your ignorance by spelling this word -ence!

2. Immediate

      * Remember it has two Ms

3. Independent

       * Please be independent but not in your spelling of this word. It ends on -ent.

4. Indispensable

      * Knowing that this word ends on -able is indispensable to good writing.

5. Inoculate

      * Remeber it as in+oculate.

6. Intelligence

       * Using two [l]s in this word and ending it on -ence rather than -ance are marks of… you guessed it.

7. Its/It’s

* The apostrophe marks a contraction of “it is.” Something that belongs to it is “its.”



  1. Jewellery

* Remember the word has two Ls preceded and followed by E.

2. Judgement

* The word has been misspelled judgment in all forms of the English Language. In the US at least, Judgement is still preferred and judgement is considered incorrect by many American style guides.



  1. Kernel (colonel)

      * There is more than a kernel of truth in the claim that all the vowels in this word are [e]s. So why is the military rank (Colonel) pronounced identically? English spelling can be chaotic.



  1. Leisure

      * Yet another violator of the i-before-e rule. You can be sure of the spelling of the last syllable but not of the pronunciation.

2. Liasion

      * Another French word throwing us an orthographical curve: a spare [i], just in case. That’s an [s], too, that sounds like a [z].

3. Library

      * It may be as enjoyable as a berry, but that isn’t the way it is spelled. That first [r] should be pronounced, too.

4. License

     * Where does English get the license to use both its letters for the sound [s] in one word?

5. Lighting 

     * Learning how to omit the [e] in this word should lighten the load of English orthography a little bit.



  1. Maintenance

* The main tenants of this word are “main” and “tenance” even though it comes from the verb “maintain.”

2. Manoeuvre

* Man, the price you pay for borrowing from French is high. This one goes back to French main + oeuvre “hard-work”.

3. Mediaeval 

* the best way to remember this word is to add EVAL to MEDIA.

4. Memento 

* Why would something remind you of a moment be spelled “memento?”

5. Millennium

Here is another big word, large enough to hold two double consonants, double[l]

6. Miniature 

* Since that [a] is seldom pronounced it is seldom included in the spelling. This one is a “miniature;” remember that.

7. Minuscule 

* Since something minuscule is smaller than a miniature, shouldn’t they be spelled similarly? Less than cool, or “minuscule.”

8. Mischievous 

* This mischievous word holds two traps: [i]before [e] and [o] before [u]. Four of the five vowels in English reside here.

9. Misspell

* What is more embarrassing than to misspell the name of the problem? Just remember that it is mis + spell and that will spell you the worry about spelling “spell.”



1.Neighbor                                                                                                                         * The word “neighbor” breaks the i-before-e rule and includes the silent “gh”    


* You should be ABLE to NOTICE.      


1. Occasionally 

* Writers occasionally tire of doubling so many consonants and omit one, usually one of the [l]s. Don’t you ever do it?

2. Occurrence 

* Remember not only the occurrence of double consonants in this word but that the suffix is -ence, not -ance.




* Since a pastime is something you do to pass the time, you would expect a double [s] here. Well, there is only one.

2. Perseverance 

* All it takes is perseverance and you, too, can be a (near-) perfect speller. The suffix is -ance for no reason at all.

3. Personnel

* Remember the word has “Two Ns, one L.”

4. Playwright

* Well, since they write plays, they should be “play-writes,” but remember “WRIGHT”

5. Possession

* Possession possesses more [s]s than a snake.

6. Precede

* What follows, succeeds, so what goes before should, what? No, no, no, you are using logic. Nothing confuses English spelling more than common sense. “Succeed” but “precede.” (Wait until you see “supersede.”)

7. Principal/Principle

* The spelling principle to remember here is that the school principal is a prince and a pal. A “principle” is a rule.

8. Privilege

* According to the pronunciation (not “pronunciation”!) of this word, that middle vowel could anything. Remember: two [i]s + two [e]s in that order.

9. Pronunciation

* Nouns often differ from the verbs they are derived from. This is one of those. In this case, the pronunciation is different, too, an important clue.

10. Publicly

* Let me publicly declare the rule (again): if the adverb comes from an adjective ending on -al, you include that ending in the adverb; if not, as here, you don’t.



  1. Questionnaire 

* The French doing it to us again. Doing up on the [n]ns in this word and don’t forget the silent [e]. Maybe someday we will spell the English way.



  1. Receive/Receipt

* I hope you have received the message by bow: [i] before [e] except after….

2. Recommend

* I would recommend you think of this word as the equivalent of commending all over aiain.: re+cmmend. That would be recommendable.

3. Referred

* Remember to add REED TO REFER

4. Reference

* refer to the last mentioned word and also remember to add -ence to the end for the noun.

5. Relevant

* The relevant factor is that word is not “revelant,” “revelent,” or even “relevent.” [l] and the suffix -ant.

6. Restaurant

* ‘Ey, you! Remember, these two words when you spell “restaurant.” they are in the middle of it.

7. Rhyme

* Remember to add ME TO RHY

8. Rhythm

* Remember there are no vowels in this word.



  1. Schedule

* If perfecting your spelling is on your schedule, remember the [sk] is spelled as in “school.”

2. Separate

* How do you separate the [e]s from the [a]s in this word? Simple: the [e]s surround the [a]s

3. Sergeant

* Remeber that, and the fact that [e] is used in both syllables, and you can you write your sergeant without fear of misspelling his rank.

4. Supersede

* This word supersedes all others in perversity. As if we don’t have enough to worry about, keeping words on -ceed and -cede (“succeed,” “precede,” etc.) straight in our minds, this one has to be different from all the rest. The good news is: this is the only English word based on this stem spelled -sede.



  1. Their/They’re/There

* They’re all pronounced the same but spelled differently. Possessive is “their” and the contraction of “they are” is “they’re.” Everywhere else, it is “there.”

2. Threshold

* This one can push you over the threshold. It looks like a compound “thresh + hold” but it isn’t. Two [h]s are enough.

3. Twelfth

* Even if you omit the [f] in your pronunciation of this word (which you shouldn’t do), it is retained in the spelling.

4. Tyranny

* if you are still resisting the tyranny of English orthography at this point, you must face the problem of [y] inside this word, where it shouldn’t be. The guy is a “tyrant” and his problem is “tyranny.” (Don’t forget to double up on the [n]s, too.)



  1. Until

* Stop using the extra [l] for the last time!



  1. vacuum

* Spell this word with two [u]s and not like “volume.”



  1. Weather

* Whether you like the weather or not, you have to write the [a] after the [e] when you spell it.

2. Weird

* It is weird having to repeat this rule so many times: [i] before [e] except after…? (It isn’t [w]!)


Silent Letters

Here is a list of common letter combinations with silent letters. This list contains most of the silent letters that give English as a second language student’s difficulty.

Silent B

B is not pronounced when following M at the end of a word.

  • Climb                      
  • Crumb
  • Dumb
  • Comb


Silent C

C is not pronounced in the ending “scle”

  • Muscle


Silent D

D is not pronounced in the following common words.

  • handkerchief
  • Sandwich
  • Wednesday


Silent E

E is not pronounced at the end of words and usually makes the vowel long.

  • Hope
  • Drive
  • gave
  • Write
  • Site


Silent G

G is not often pronounced when followed by an N

  • champagne
  • Foreign
  • Sign
  • feign


Silent GH

GH is not pronounced before T and at the end of many words

  • Thought
  • Through
  • daughter
  • Light
  • might
  • Right
  • Fight
  • weigh


Silent H

H is not pronounced when following W. Some speakers whisper the H before the W.

  • What
  • when
  • Where
  • Whether
  • why


Silent H

H is not pronounced at the beginning of many words. Use the article “an” with universal H. here are some of the most common:

  • Hour
  • Honest
  • Honour
  • heir
  • Herb

Pronounced H

H is pronounced at the beginning of these common words.Use the article “a” with voiced H.

  • Hill
  • History
  • Height
  • Happy
  • Hangover


Silent K

K is not pronounced when followed by N at the beginning of a word.

  • Knife
  • Knee
  • Know
  • Knock
  • Knowledge


Silent L

L is often not pronounced before L,D,F,M, K.

  • Calm
  • half
  • Salmon
  • Talk
  • Balk
  • Would
  • Should


Silent N

N is not pronounced at the beginning of many words using the suffix “Psych” and “pneu”.

  • Psychiatrist
  • Pneumonia
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotic


Silent S

S is not pronounced before L in the common words:

  • Island
  • Isle


Silent T

T is not pronounced in these common words:

  • Castle
  • Christmas
  • fasten
  • Listen
  • Often
  • Whistle
  • Thistle


Silent U

U is not pronounced before after G and before a vowel.

  • Guess
  • Guidance
  • Guitar
  • Guest


Silent W

W is not pronounced at the beginning of a word followed by an R

  • Wrap
  • Write
  • Wrong


Silent W

W is not pronounced with these three pronouns:

  • Who
  • Whose
  • Whom


Category-1 Word List

Abandon .noun .French .u’ban-dun

Leave. ” Santhosh abandoned his old bicycle.”


Ability .noun .Latin .u’bi-lu-tee

Strength or smartness to do a thing. “Sachin’s ability to bat is known to all”


Abode .noun .German .u’bowd

House.” a person can have several abodes


Abort .verb.Latin .u’bort

Stop a thing before it is finished. “he aborted this project midway”


Account .noun .French .u’kawnt

List of numbers from buying and selling. ” I can’t account for the missing money”


Accumulate .verb.Latin .u’kyoo-myu,leyt

Get more and more of a thing of things over time. “He accumulated a lot of money”


Accurate .adjective.Latin .ak-yu-rut

True “the accounting was accurate


Accustom .verb.French .u’kus-tum

Change to be happy with “She became accustomed to the background music


Ache .noun. Middle English .eyk

Pain “Were you aching after the accident?


Achieve .verb.French. u’cheev

to carry out successfully.” she achieved her goal despite setbacks


Adamant .adjective.Latin .a-du-munt

Not changing. “he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind”


Adapt .verb.French. u’dapt

Change. “We must adapt to the bad economic situation


Addict .noun.Latin. a-dikt

Person who cannot stop wanting, using or needing a thing. a golf addict

A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.

Addition .noun.French.u’di-shun

To sum up. “the addition of flowers created apleasing effect


Admonish .verb.Latin  .ad’mo-nish

Encourage a person to your family “He admonished the child for his bad behaviour


Adopt .verb.Latin .u’dopt

Take a person to your family “She adopted the feminist movement”


Adoption .noun.Latin. u’dop-shun

Taking a person inti your family “its adoption by society


Adore.verb.latin .u’dor

To like “he just adored his wife


Adorn .verb.Latin  u’dorn

Be on a thing to make it more beautiful “adorn the room for the party”


Advent .noun.Latin .’ad,vent

Coming of an important person “the advent of the computer


Adventure .noun.latin. ad’ven-chu(r)

Thing you do that is dangerous and interesting “it was an adventures journey


Advice .noun.Latin .ad’vls

Words that try to help a person in the future. “You can always contact your tutor for advice and support.


Advocate .noun.Latin. ad-vu-kut

Person who argues for you in a court “Ram’s advocate won the case for him.”


Aeroplane .noun.French.’eh-ru,pleyn

A heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings “the flight was delayed due to trouble with the aeroplane


Age .noun.Latin.eyj

Long measure of time “it was replaced because of its age


Agent .noun.latin .ey-junt

One entrusted with the business of another “he was an agent of the company

No word in the English Language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

Anticipate .verb.Latin  .an’ti-su,peyt

Want a thing to come “anticipate the outcome of an election


Anxious .adjective.latin.angk-shus

Worried “anxious to see the new show at the Museum


Apologise .verb.Latin, u’po-lu,jlz

Ask a person to forgive you “I apologised for being late


Apology .noun.French .u’po-lu-jee

Asking a person to forgive you “it was an apology for a meal


Appear .verb.Latin .u’peer

Show itself “Did our latest book appear yet?


Applaud .verb.Latin .u’plod

Clap the hands together to make a noise that encourages a person “I applaud your efforts


Appoint .verb.French. u’poynt

Give a job to a person “a beautifully appointed house


Appreciate .verb.Latin. u’pree-shee.eyt

To encourage. “I appreciate these old photographs


Arithmetic .noun.Greek . u’rith-mu,tik

The branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of “arithmetic computations


Arose .verb. Middle English .u’roze

To spring up “a question arose


Arrange .verb.Middle English  .   u’reynj

Put into a proper or systematic order “Police arrested the thief


Arrest .verb.Latin . u’rest

Take into custody “Arrest the downward trend


Ashamed .adjective. Middle English  . u’sheymd

Feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse “are you ashamed for having lied?


Assume .verb.Latin.u’s(y)oom

To take up or in “I assume his train was late

Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.

Attack .verb.French.u’tak

To set upon or work against forcefully”The lion attacked the deer”


Attempt .verb.Latin.u’tem(p)t

To make an effort to do “The police attempted to stop the thief”


Attention .noun.Latin.u’ten-shun

The act or state of attending especially through applying the mindto an object of sense or thought “the old car needs constant attention”


Aware .adjective.Middle English. u’wehr

Having or showing realization, perception, or knowledge “ever aware of her health”

Bail .noun.Latin.beyl

A container used to remove water from a boat “he is out on bail”


Balloon .noun.French. bu’loon

A bag that is filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air so as to rise and float in the atmosphere “The sails ballooned”


Bandage .noun.French.ban-dij

A strip of fabric used especially to cover, dress and bind up wounds “bandage an incision”



To require by authority to leave a country “banish bad thoughts”



A piece  of cloth attached by one edge to a staff and used by a leader “The usually make their case under the banner of environmentalism”


Barber .noun.French. baa(r)-bu(r)

One whose business is cutting and dressing hair, shaving and trimming beards, and performing related services


Brutal .adjective.Latin.broo-t(u)l

Befitting a brute “brutal beatings”


Brute .adjective.Latin.broot

Of or relating to beasts “brute force”


Bubble .noun.Middle English .bu-b(u)l

A small globule typically hollow and light “Children played with the soap bubble”

“Ough” can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: A rough-coated, dough -faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.

Bucket .noun.French.bu-kit

A typically cylindrical vessel for catching, holding, or carrying liquids or solids. “a bucket of soapy Water


Buckle .noun.Latin .bu-kul

A fastening for two loose ends that is attached to one and holds the other by a catch “His knees buckled


Butcher .noun.French.bu-chu(r)

A person who slaughters animals or dresses their flesh “They butchered their Only goat to survive the winter


Butter .noun.Greek bu-tu(r)

A solid emulsion of fat globules “butter bread


Button .noun.French .bu-t(u)n

A small knob or disk secured to an article “Suresh buttoned his shirt


Cabinet .noun.French.kab(-u)-nit

A case or cupboard usually having doors and shelves. “the kitchen cabinets



Calamity .noun.Latinku’la-mi-tee

A state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss “The whole city was affected by the Irremediable calamity


Calculate .verb.Latin .’kal-kyu,leyt

To determine by mathematical processes “you can calculate the area of a square if you know the length of its sides


Calendar .noun.Latin .ka-lin-du(r)

a tabular register of days according to a system usually coveringone year and referring the days of each month to the days of the week “the Jewish/Roman calendar


Calf .noun. Middle English.kaf

The young of the domestic cow


Calling .noun.Middle English.ko-ling

To speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance “call the police!”


Calm .adjective.Spanish . Kaa(l)m

Free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance “calm seas


Calve .verb.Middle English .kav

To give birth to a calf “the whales calve at this time of year

Poor whites in Florida and Georgia are called: crackers.” They got the name from their principal staple food, cracked corn. Another theory states that the name comes from the days when they would drive cattle southward using the “crack” of their bullwhips to keep the animals in line and moving.

Contest .noun.Latin.’kon,test

A struggle for superiority or victory “There was a contest for the fastest eater


Context .noun.Latin. ‘kon,tekst

The interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs “the historical context


Continent .noun.Latin .kon-ti-nunt

One of the six or seven great divisions of land on the globe “There are seven continents


Continue .verb.Latin.Kun’tin-yoo

To maintain without interruption a condition, or action “We continued to work into the night


Control .verb.Latin.kun’tin-yoo

To have power over “under control


Conversation .noun.Latin.kon-vu(r)’sey-shun

Oral exchange of sentiments, observations, opinions, or ideas. “Later in the evening, the conversation turned topolitics.”


Conversion .noun.Latin. .kun’vur-shun

The act of converting “conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade


Convert .noun.Latin .’kon,vurt

To bring over from one belief “convert lead into gold


Convince .verb.Latin .kun’vin(t)s

To overcome by argument “He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product


Cross .verb.Latin. kros

A device composed of an upright bar traversed by a horizontal one “The roads cross under the bridge


Crowd .noun. Middle English .krawd

A large number of persons especially when collected together “a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers


Crucial .adjective.Latin .kroo-shul

Important or essential as resolving a crisis “a crucial moment in his Career


Cruel .adjective.French.kroo-ul

Disposed to inflict pain or suffering “cruel tortures


Cucumber .noun.Latin .kyoo-kum-bu(r)

The fruit of a vine of the gourd family cultivated as a garden vegetable

The “O”, when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means “descendant of.”

Campus .noun.Latin. Kam-pus

The grounds and buildings of a university, college, or school

Cancel .verb.Latin.kan-sul

To destroy the force “cancel the dinner party

Cancer .noun.Latin. kan-su(r)

A disease that spreads destructively “Some cancers are easier to treat than others.”

Candidate .noun.Latin.’kan-di-dut

One that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award “The candidate must demonstrate good communication skills

Candle .noun.Latin.kan-du(l)

A usually moulded or dipped mass of wax or tallow containing a wick that may be burned

Category .noun.Latin. .’ka-tu,go-ree

Any of several fundamental and district classes to which entities or concepts belong “there are two categories of detergents

Cattle .noun.Middle English. ka-t(u)l

Domesticated quadrupeds held as property or raised for use “so many head of cattle


Caution .noun.Latin.ko-shun

One that astonishes or commands attention “a man of caution

Ceiling .noun.Latin.see-ling

The overhead inside lining of a room “he hated painting the ceiling

Community .noun.Latin.ku’myoo-ni-tee

A unified body of individuals “the team is drawn from all parts of the community

Companion .noun.Latin. kum’pan-yun

One that accompanies another “playing companions

Compare .verb.French.kum’pehr

To examine the character or qualities of one especially in order to discover resemblances or differences “we can compare the Han dynasty to the Romans

Comparision .noun.Latin .kum’per-u-sun

The act or process of comparing “no comparison between the two books

Concentrate .verb.Latin . kon-sun,treyt

To bring or direct toward a common center or objective “concentrate on your studies

“Rhythms” is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u.

Concept .noun.Latin.’kon,sept

Something conceived in the mind “Some students failed to grasp even the simplest mathematical concepts

Concern .noun.Latin. kun’sum

To have an influence on “the safety of the ship is the captain’s concern

Conclude .verb.Latin. kun’klood

To reach as a logically mecessary end by reasoning “The committee concluded the meeting

Conclusion .noun.Latin.kun’kloo-zhun

A reasoned judgement “his conclusion took the evidence into account

Concrete .noun.Latin.’kon,kreet

Formed by copalition of particles into one solid mass “concrete objects such as buildings

Condition .noun.Latin kun’dl-shun

A premise upon which the fulfilment of an agreement depends “a condition of disrepair

Condole .noun.Latin .kun’dowl

To express sympathetic sorrow “You must condole the window

Confess .verb.Latin .kun’fes

To tell or make known “She confessed that she had taken the money

Conspiracy .noun.Latin. kun’spi-ru-see

The act of conspiring together

Constant .adjective.Latin. kon-stunt

Marked by firm steadfast resolution or faithfulness “maintained a constant temperature

Constitute .noun.Latin . kon-sti,t(y)oot

To appoint to an office, function, or dignity “These constitute my entire belonging

Consult .verb.Latin.kun’sult

To have regard to “You should consult the dictionary

Consumer .noun.kun’s(y)oo-mu(r)

One that utilizes economic goods “He always shown a shrewd understanding of what consumers want.”

Consumption .noun.Latin.kun’sum(P)-shun

The act or process of consuming “the consumption of energy has increased steadily

“Second string,” meaning”replacement or backup,”come from the middle ages. An archer always carried a second string in case the one on his bow broke.

Culprit .noun.French. ‘kul,prit

One accused of or charged with a crime “the culprit started to run


Culture .noun.Latin.kul-chu(r)

The act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties “Indian culture


Cultivate .verb.Latin .’kul-ti, veyt

To prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops “cultivate the land


Curds .noun.Middle English. Kurd

The thick caserin-rich part of coagulated milk “Rashmi liked curds with sugar


Curl .verb.Middle English .kurl

To form (as the hair) into coils or ringlets “the smoke curled up at the ceiling


Curse .noun.Middle English .kurs

A prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon me “The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street


Custody .noun.Latin. kus-tu-dee

Immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect)exercised by a person or an authority “he is in the custody of police


Dash .verb.French. dash

A quick run “She dashed into the yard”


Daughter .noun.Middle English .do-tu(r)

A female offspring especially of human parents “her daughter cared for her in her old age


Dawn .noun.Middle English. don

To begin to grow light as the sun rises “we got up before dawn


Dead .adjective .Middle English .ded

Deprived of life “Mars is a dead planet”


Deadly .adjective.ded-lee

Likely to cause or indefinite quantity or degree “This book meals with playing cricket


Dealer .noun.dee-lu(r)

To concern oneself of itself “a dealer in stolen goods

The “y” in signs reading “ye olde..” is properly pronounced with a “th” sound, not “y”. The “th” sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England used the rune “thorn” to represent “th” sounds. With the ancient of the printing press, the character press from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case “y”.

A group or set of 10 “Prices have risen sharply in the last decade.”

Deceive .verb.French .di’seev
To cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid “They deceive themselves with vain hopes and wishes

Decision .noun.Latin .di’si-zhun
The act or process of deciding “the burden of decision was his”

Decisive .adjective. di’sl-siv
Having the power or quality of deciding “had a decisive lead in the polls

Declare .verb.Latin.di’klehr
To make known formally, officially, or explicitly “The President declared war

Decorate .verb.Latin .des

To add honour to “Flowers decorated the tables everywhere


Decrease .verb.Latin .’dee,krees

Become less “He decreased his staff


Defeat .verb.Latin.di’feet

To win victory over “defeat your enemies


Deliberate .adjective

Characterized by or resulting from careful and thorough consideration “a deliberate insult



Very soft . “a kite too delicate to fly safely


Delight .verb .di’llt

A high degree of happiness .” his delight to see her was obvious to all


Dental .adjective.Latin. den-t(u)l

Of or relating to the teeth or dentistry “dental floss


Depict .verb.Latin . di’pikt

To represent by or as if by a picture “This scene depicts country life


Deposit. verb.Latin.di’po-zit

To place especially for safekeeping or as a pledge “deposit money in the bank

The ancient Romans built such an excellent system of roads that the saying arose “all roads lead to Rome,”that is, no matter which road one starts a journey on, he will finally reach Rome if he keeps on traveling. The popular saying came to mean that all 1ways or methods of doing some thing end in the same result, no method being better than another.

Depress .verb.latin.di’pres

To cause to sink to a lower position “Failure in the exam depressed Ram”
Depth .noun.Middle English .depth

A deep place in a body of water “the depth of the water
Describe .verb.Latin.di’sjrib

To represent or give an account of in words “He described as elaborate plan of attack
Description .noun.Latin. di’skrip-shun

An act of describing “every description of book was there
Desert .noun.Latitude-zu(r)t

Arid land with usually sparse vegetation “Camels are found in the desert
Deserve .verb.Latindi’zurv

To be worthy, fit, or suitable for some reward or requital “You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done
Diary .noun.Latin .dl(-u)-ree

A record of events, transactions, or observations kept daily “She’s kept a diary since she was twelve.”
Dictate .verb.Latin.di’k,teyt

To give dictation “He dictated a report to his secretary
Dictionary .noun.Latin.dik-shu,ne-ree

A reference book listing alphabetically terms or names important to a particular subject or activity along with discussion of their meanings and applications “a dictionary of the English Language
Different .adjective.Latin.di-f(u)runt

Partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality “people are profoundly different”
Difficult .adjective.Middle English.di-fi-Kult

Hard to do, make, or carry out “a difficult child
Dinner .noun.French.di-nu(r)

The principal meal of the evening “dinner will be at 8
Disappoint .verb.French.dis-u’poynt

To fail to meet the expectation or hope of “greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child
Discontinue .verb.Latin.dis-kun’ti-nyoo

To break the continuity of “discontinue teasing your brother”

The correct response to the Irish greeting, “Top of the morning to you,” is “and the rest of the day to yourself.”

Discover.verb.Latin .di’sku-vu(r)

To make known or visible “She discovered high levels of lead in her drinking water

Discuss .verb.Latin.di’skus

To investigate by reasoning or argument “We discussed our household budget


Dismiss .verb.Latin. dis’mis

To permit or cause to leave “She dismissed her servant
Either .adjective.Middle English .ee-dhu(r)

Being the one and the other of two “you either passed or failed your test
Elaborate .adjective.latin.i’la-b(u-)rut

Planned or carried out with great care “an elaborate lace pattern
Elastic .adjective.Latin i’la-stik

Capable of recovering quickly especially from depression “an elastic band
Elasticity. Latin.i’las’ti-su-tee

The quality or state of being elastic “the waistband had lost its elasticity
Election .noun.i’lek-shun

An act or process of electing “the results of the election will be announced tonight
Electrician .noun.i,lek’tri-shun

One who installs, maintains, operates, or repairs electrical equipment
Elegant .adjective.Latin.e-lu-guns

Marked by elegance “an elegant dancer
Eliminate .verb.Latin .i’ll-mu,neyt

To put an end to or get rid of eliminating my debts”
Elusive .adjective.i’loo-siv

Hard to comprehend or define “a haunting elusive dancer
Embarrass .verb.French.em’behr-us

To place in doubt, perplexity, or difficulties “His brother embarrassed him at every turn”
Emblem .noun.Greek.em-blum

An object or the figure of an object symbolizing and suggesting another object or an idea

The expletive, “Holy Toledo,” Spain, which became an outstanding Christian cultural centre in 1085.

Embrace .verb.French.em’breys

To clasp in the arms “They embarrassed
Emerge .verb.latin.i’murj

To become manifest “Suddenly, the propietor emerged from his office
Emergency .noun.i’mur-jun(t)-see

An urgent need for assistance or relief “the never knew what to do in an emergency
Emotion .noun.French. i’-mow-shun

The affective aspect of consciousness “an upsurge of emotion
Emperor .noun.latin.em-pu-ru(r)

The sovereign or supreme male monarch of an empire
Employee .noun.em,ploy’ee

One employed by another usually for wages or salary and in a position below the executive level “Their employees worked a ten-hour day.”
Employment .noun.em’ploy-munt

Activity in which one engages or is employed “they are looking for employment”
Engineer .noun.French.en-ju’neer

Person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering “He engineered the water supply project”
Enrage .verb.French .in’reyj

To fill with rage “To scorn Christ’s sacrifice is to insult and enrage the Holy Spirit
Enrich .verb.French. in’rich

To make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of same desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient “the oil bpm enriched a lot of local people
Ensure .verb.French. en’shur

To make sure, certain, or safe “ensure that the curtains are closed

Strong excitement of feeling “enthusiasm for his program is growing”

The idiom “pillar of salt” means to have a strike, or to become paralysed and dead.

Entry .noun.French.en-tree

The right or privilege of entering “she made a grand entry”
Erode .verb.Latin .i’rpwd

To diminish or destroy by degree “Her confidence eroded
Escape .noun.Latin. i’skeyp

To get away “The convicted murderer escaped from a high-security prison
Essay .noun.’e,sey

To put to a test “The teacher asked us to write an essay on rain
Estate .noun.French.i’steyt

A large piece of land with a house on it. “the family owned a large estate in Bangalore
Evade .verb.Latin.i’veyd

To slip away “This difficult idea seems to evade her
Evaporate .verb.latin.”va-pu, reyt

To convert into vapour “Evaporate milk”
Eve .noun.Middle English .eev

The evening or the day before a special day “he always arrives on the eve of her departure
Evening .noun.eev-ning

The latter part and close of the day “he always arrives on the eve of her departure
Evidence .noun.e-vi-dun(t)s

One who bears witness “his trembling was evidence of his fear
Evolve .verb.i’volv

To produce by natural evolutionary processes “We have evolved a new theory of evolution
Exaggerate .verb.Latin.ig’za-ju,reyt

To enlarge beyond bounds or the truth “He exaggerated it last night when he did 100 push-ups
Exceed .verb.Latin. ik’seed

To extend outside of “Their loyalty exceeds their national bonds
Excel .verb.latin .ek’sel

To be distinguishable by superiority “She excelled in maths

The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.

Excellent .adjective.Latin .ek-su-lunt

Very good of its kind “made an excellent speech
Excess .noun.Latin

The state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits “the child was spoiled by excess
Excessive .adjective .ik’se-siv

Exceeding what is usual, proper, necessary, or normal “excessive charges
Exchange .verb.Latin .ik’se-siv

The act of giving or taking one thing in return for another “they had a bitter exchange
Exhaust .noun.Latin .ig’zost

To consume entirely “This kind of works exhausts me
Exhaustion .noun.ig’zos-Chun

Extremely tired and without energy “Weak with exhaustion, the climbers were finally lifted to safety
Exhibit .verb.Latin.ig’zi-bit

To submit (as a document) to a court or officer in course of proceedings “he exhibits a great talent
Exhibition .noun,ek-su’bi-shun

An act or instance of exhibiting “a remarkable exhibition of musicianship”
Existence .noun.ig’zis-tun(t)s

The state or fact of having being especially independently of human consciousness and as contrasted with nonexistence “laws in existence for centuries
Expansion .noun.ik’span-shun

The act or process of expanding “the expansion of the rubber band
Expectation .noun,ek-spek’tey-shun

The act or state of expecting “The team set off without any expectation of success
Expel .verb.Latin.ik’spel

To force out “He was expelled from his native country
Expenditure .noun.ik’spen-di-chu(r)

The act or process of expending “capital expenditure
Experience .noun.Latin.ik’speer-ee-un(t)s

Direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge “a man of expenditure

“The Mouse Trap,” by Agartha Christie is the longest running play in history.

Experiment .noun.latin .ik’speer-umunt

Tentative procedure or policy “it was an experiment in living
Explore .verb.Latin.ik’splor

To investigate, study, or analyse “explore unknown territory in biology
Explosive .adjective. ik’splow-siv

Relating to, characterized by, or operated by explosion “an explosive issue

Express .verb.Latin ik’spres

Directly, firmly, and explicitly stated “She expressed to all citizens
Extension .noun.Latin.ik’sten-shun

The action of extending “they applied for an extension of the loan
Exterior .noun.Latin. ek’steer-ee-u(r)

Being ona an outside surface “an exterior scene
Extract .noun.latin.’ek,strakt

To draw forth “extract a bad tooth
Extremely .adverb.ek’streem-lee

In an extreme manner “extremely interesting
Extremist .noun.ek’stree-mist

The quality or state of being extreme “extremist political views
Fable .noun.Latin .fey-bul

Fictitious narrative or statement
Fabulous .adjective.Latin.fa-byu-lus

Resembling or suggesting a fable “a fabulous recollection
Faint .verb.French.feynt

Lacking courage and spirit “only a faint recollection
Faith .noun.Latin .feyth

Allegiance to duty or a person “he cherished the faith of a good woman

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.

Familiar .adjective .fu’mil-yur

Having mutual interests or affections of established friendship “on familiar terms

Famous .adjective.Latin.fey-mus

Widely known “a famous actor

Based on fantasy “fantastic Halloween costumes
Fantasy .noun.Middle English .fan-tu-see

A creation of the imaginative faculty whether expressed or merely convinced “a schoolgirl fantasy
Farewell .interjection.fehr’wel

Get along well “he disliked long farewells
fasten .verb.Middle English .fa-sun

To attach especially by pinning, typing, or nailing “This dress fastens in the back
Fate .noun.Latin .feyt

The will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do “we are helpless in the face of fate
Fateful .adjective.feyt-ful

Having a quality of ominous prophecy “a fateful series of events
Fault .noun.Latin .folt

A physical or intellectual or impairment “he knew his own faults much better than she did
Fearful .adjective,feer-ful

Full of fear “fearful of dogs
Fearsome .adjective.feer-sum

Causing fear “the fearsome war
Feather .noun.Greek .fe-dhu(r)

Any of the light horny epidermal outgrowths that from the external covering of the body of birds The young sparrows are feathering already”
February .noun.latin. ‘fe-broo,e-ree

The second month of the Gregorian calendar
Fellow .noun.Middle English .fe-low

An equal in rank, power, or character “Ther’s a fellow at the door

The number 4 is the only number in the English language that has the same number of letters in its name as its meaning.