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3.4 Frequently Misspelled and Miswritten Words

Below is a list of words that are commonly misspelled or miswritten. If you are unsure about a word, please check a dictionary if it isn't found here. 

  • accommodate
  • achievement
  • acknowledgment
  • advisor
  • a lot
  • cadet 
  • Corps of Cadets
  • cellphone (all one word)
  • chair (not chairman or chairperson)
  • consensus
  • course work (two words)
  • Course Planning Guide (not Degree Map)
  • dilemma
  • email
  • first-come, first-served
  • flier (not flyer)
  • fundraising, fundraiser
  • grade point average (abbreviated GPA)
  • hors d'oeuvres (do not use œ ligature)
  • internet (always lowercase)
  • independent
  • irresistible
  • it's / its (be sure to choose the correct word -- see it's/its entry in AP stylebook [link only works on UNG campuses] )
  • IT Service Desk
  • judgment
  • knowledge
  • liaison
  • log in (v.), login (n.)
    Example: Log in to our website using your login and password.
  • log off (v.), logoff (n., rare)
  • log on (v.), logon (n.)
    Example: Log on to our website using your UNG ID and password.
  • maintenance
  • misspell
  • necessary
  • noticeable
  • occurred, occurrence
  • online
  • Plan of Study (not Degree Plan)
  • perseverance
  • possession
  • questionnaire
  • recommend
  • separate
  • sergeant
  • smartphone (all one word)
  • submenu, sublevel
  • there / their / they're (be sure to choose the correct word -- see entry in AP stylebook [link only works on UNG campuses] )
  • University Police (not Public Safety)
  • World Wide Web, web, webpage, website

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