Only An English Major Can Get 100% On This Spelling Challenge

This one is for all of the English majors out there or those who have a passion for spelling. Is that a thing? Whether anyone was once a bit of a whiz kid, a passionate reader, an English buff, or just an average Joe, there are definitely some words in this quiz that everyone should be able to spell correctly. The challenge, however, is to get them all right! Not only will anyone who gets 100% win bragging rights to their friends and family, but they will also earn the right to call themselves a walking dictionary (just like they've always dreamed of).

Beware, some of these words are actually pretty tough. If it weren't for spellcheck, we probably would have gotten a lot of them wrong too. No one should hurt themselves taking this quiz though, it will be okay. We don't want any brain injuries on our hands! It's all just fun and games... okay and a little bit of friendly competition. Challenge all the friends, siblings, even a grandma or two. At the very least, we bet anyone can get at least a pass. Good luck and have fun!

Question 1

Which is the correct spelling?

So, we're starting off with an easy one. Well, some of you might find it hard. This word is very commonly used and very commonly spelled incorrectly. It is a bit of an odd word, which is actually one of its synonyms, and might have the crowd divided. It means unusual or otherworldly and with its irregular spelling, we can't help but wonder if it has somehow crept in from an alternate universe. Can you start off strong and pick out the right spelling?

Question 2

Which is the correct spelling?

This word's first written record was in 1605. It is what one would use to call a person who writes plays. While William Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett may have no problem with spelling this word, being writers of plays themselves and probably having written it on their business card, you might be a little stumped by this one. Don't worry though, we believe in you and trust that you'll make the right, wright, write, or rite choice. Or will you?

Question 3

Which is the correct spelling?

This word first appears in our history in the late sixteenth century and is from Latin origins. Specifically, it can mean to provide a space or a place to live such as a lodging cabin or a boarding room. More broadly, it can mean to arrange for something that fits with the needs and specifications of another person or to help someone get used to something like a new law or regulation. From Latin, it literally translates to "make fitting".

Question 4

Which is the correct spelling?

These things are now more commonly used by grandparents or hipsters. They consist of a small square of cloth that one might keep in their pocket for their facial tissue needs, also known as a hanky. This word, also originating in the sixteenth century is a compound word that describes exactly was it is. The second half of the compound actually comes from a French compound word meaning "to cover" and "head". Accordingly, in the Middle Ages, these pocket squares were often used to cover the head.

Question 5

Which is the correct spelling?

This is what the R stands for in R&B. Musically speaking, it refers to the beat, cadence, or tempo of a song. Originally, it is a Greek word that got borrowed into Latin. French, being a descendant of Latin, also assumed the word. From there, it got borrowed into English in the mid-sixteenth century. The original Greek word is related to the word that means "to flow". While some of us might feel like we are lacking in the department, we all have a natural cadence provided by our heart.

Question 6

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This word, representing a thousand years, was first recorded in the English language around the seventeenth century and was borrowed into the language from Latin. Most of us were around for the turn of the second when everyone was freaking out about Y2K, worried that the computers might crash or have technical issues due to calendar updates relating to the turn of the year. People didn't know how computers would be able to process the change but it turns out they were smarter than we thought.

Question 7

Which is the correct spelling?

This word, meaning to replace or overthrow, first came about in the fifteenth century, but it had a different meaning. When the word first came into the English language from French, it carried the meaning "to postpone" or "defer". The earliest recording of its use with its current meaning was in the seventeenth century. Well, you can't defer it any longer or replace this question with another. It's time to put your knowledge to the test and pick the correct spelling.

Question 8

Which is the correct spelling?

This word, first originating for Greek, was borrowed into the English language from Latin, through Old French. While most may no the word most commonly in another sense, the word refers to an overwhelming feeling of joyful excitement. It represents such an overwhelming feeling of happiness that the original meaning of the word in Greek refers to the sensation of being outside oneself. That just the feeling you'll get when you can spell this word correctly, ace this quiz and share it with all of your friends.

Question 9

Which is the correct spelling?

Whether you are one of those weirdos that thinks the resting place for the dead is cool, or whether you are creeped out by it like the rest of us, you might find it interesting to know that this word comes from a Greek word meaning "dormitory" which is a hauntingly accurate representation of what this word means today. Surprisingly, this word has been around since the times of Middle English, but its use has only risen in the most recent centuries.

Question 10

Which is the correct spelling?

This one is for the English majors that spent more time at the bar than in the library. Having too many of these may make it even hard for you to remember how to spell it, or even walk home. This word refers to a drink whose main ingredients consist of rum, sweetener and a citrus juice. They come in different flavors as well as non-alcoholic. The origin of the word is actually the name of a rum-producing district in Cuba.

Question 11

Which is the correct spelling?

Getting this question wrong may have you looking like SpongeBob here, but don't be too hard on yourself, it's tough! Sometimes it's just so hard to keep track of all the letters. Who needs to remember how to spell it anyway when you've got autocorrect on your side (most of the time). This word, like many of our previous ones, came into the English language through French and its definition makes it synonymous with words like shame, humiliation, and mortification.

Question 12

Which is the correct spelling?

This word refers to something burning strongly and brightly just like our passion for spelling words correctly. You might also use this word to describe your rage if you get this question wrong, but don't sweat it! You'll get the next one right, we hope. This word is actually our first that originates from Old English and is not borrowed from another language. That's usually the case with words that describe basic things like worldly elements. The spelling of this word is a relic of Old English.

Question 13

Which is the correct spelling?

They're on care, they're on planes and it's something you do on a first date before even talking to the person. This word, as a noun, refers to an instrument or device that records or displays levels of a certain thing. The word as a verb means to do the actual act of measuring that the noun would display, or in another context, to assess or judge. This word is a borrowing from French and has its first appearance in Middle English.

Question 14

Which is the correct spelling?

This word describes the sentiment that you might have on Thanksgiving Day as it means "to be thankful for" or to be showing an appreciation for kindness. This might be something that you will feel if the next word we give you is easy, but let's face it, it probably won't be. Don't forget to show your thanks to all the people who love you despite the fact that you might not be able to spell. We all need the love.

Question 15

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Rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings all fall into the same category named by this word. If you made a big mistake with a woman, one of these things would be a great addition to an apology and some appreciation. It's no coincidence that Breakfast at Tiffany's was such a popular movie. The story line and the acting is decent but the best part is all the diamonds! After all, diamonds are a girl's best friend. How do you spell this word?

Question 16

Which is the correct spelling?

Americans pledge this to their flag, while the subjects of a monarch have it to their queen or king. The allies in the second World War had this with each other. They trusted each other and vowed to work together to beat the other side and win the war. It means loyalty or commitment to a group or individual of higher status. The word originated from a variant of an Old French word that got borrowed in as a result of the Norman conquest.

Question 17

Which is the correct spelling?

This is a single-celled organism that can either live on its own or as a parasite. Despite this, though, they're actually kind of cute. It moves around using its arm like extensions of protoplasm. This word was a more recent addition to the English language only having come into it through Latin in the nineteenth century. Its origins, however, are Greek. Is this thing creepy or cute, and more importantly, how do you spell the word? Don't freak out, you can do it!

Question 18

Which is the correct spelling?

When you have a cold, you will have an excess of this in your nose and throat and you might be going to visit your orotrhinopharyngologist about it or going to your local drug store to get some relief. This word refers to the mucus buildup in your respiratory tract. In medieval medicine, it was considered one of the four bodily humours associated with a calm temperament. The word has its origins in Greek and entered the English language through French.

Question 19

Which is the correct spelling?

This picture reference comes from Mary Poppins. She measures herself and the measuring tape reads "Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way" which is exactly the meaning of this word. It is something that is a perfect example of a certain quality or type. The word was first borrowed into the English language in the sixteenth century from Latin, but has its roots in the Greek language, but had its original meaning as "abridge". The way the meaning change is a bit of a mystery, just like its spelling!

Question 20

Which is the correct spelling?

This healthy snack is great in different flavours, frozen or cold, plain or parfait style. There are so many things you can do with it and that's what makes it so fun! BUT there are so many you ways that you can spell it and that's what makes it so difficult. Can you sniff out the rotten one? Which pass the freshness test and which must go to the trash? Choose wisely you don't want to get a sour treat.

Question 21

Which is the correct spelling?

This tasty treat actually has some variant spelling that may be more commonly used but is ultimately incorrect. Can you pick out the right spelling? Check the packages in the fridge or as the cop down the street. They should have no problem helping you out! We wouldn't, however, suggest asking Homer Simpson with any help in this category. For those of you may live under a rock and don't know, this word refers to a small fried cake of sweetened dough.

Question 22

Which is the correct spelling?

This word means a formal promise or assurance and is synonymous with warrantee. Formally, its a written agreement, but in modern use, we say it informally too without the actual notarized paperwork. The word not only refers to the warranty itself, but also the act of giving it. The language first acquired the word during the seventeenth century beign a correspondent of the Spanish word "garante" and the French word "garant" referring to the person who actually does the act of giving a warranty.

Question 23

Which is the correct spelling?

This word, ironically, is open spelled incorrectly. This word seems to have an unknown origin, but its first record of use was in the seventeenth century. If you can spell this correctly, you can at least share the quiz with your friends and use the correct spelling to describe it. It isn't so difficult to do if you just think of what the word means, sound it out, and write it down and you'll do just fine... is what we hope.

Question 24

Which is the correct spelling?

Contrary to the way it sounds, this word has nothing to do with taking caution and while most people confuse it with precautious, that actually isn't a word. To take precaution is to be cautious, not precautious. This word, however, is used to describe someone who has developed at an earlier stage than usual. The word has Latin roots and was borrowed into the English language in the seventeenth century. A child with early developed linguistic abilities can definitely pick out the right spelling.

Question 25

Which is the correct spelling?

To do this is to create a mass destruction not only to the point of injury, but to the point of non-existence. It is synonymous to words such as erase, obliterate abolish and wipe out. An atom bomb can do this to an entire city. The word originates from late Latin and got transferred into the English language during the Middle English times. A great movie recently came out starring Nathalie Portman whose title is a form of this word.

Question 26

Which is the correct spelling?

When there is no reason and there is no *this word* is an expression that means that there is no rationale because there is not pattern. Pattern is a synonym of this word and it can also be used to signify a poem or verse that uses this type of pattern like a nursery *this word*. The word, like many others made its way into our daily use through the French language with its origins come from Greek. It first entered the language in Middle English.

Question 27

Which is the correct spelling?

A puzzle, a mystery, or something that is difficult to understand, like why anyone would ever get some of these words wrong. This word, we'll admit is a little tricky, but if you know the word, you can sound it out and you'll do just fine. Originating from Greek and then passing through Latin, this word entered the English language around the mid-sixteenth century. Its Greek word was a descendant of another, meaning to speak allusively, with another variation meaning a fable.

Question 28

Which is the correct spelling?

Goodbye. So long! Ciao. Cheers. Adios! Sayonara. Don't worry, we're not writing off just yet! There are still some words that need to be spelled correctly. These words are just synonyms of the one we are asking you spell now. This word not only denotes the wishing well at a moment of parting, but also an act that marks a departure like the actual saying of goodbye, or sometimes a going away party! This is a late Middle English word.

Question 29

Which is the correct spelling?

Rigorous, in depth, meticulous, you while you take this quiz. These are all synonymous with this twenty-ninth word. The origins of this word are from Old English but the first recorded use of it as an adjective similar to the one we use today is in the fifteenth century when it meant "that goes or extends through something". Its original meaning in Old English was something to the effect of "through" which along with "though" and "tough" is a word that might mis you up when trying to spell this one.

Question 30

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This word is first found in English during Middle English adn has its roots in Latin. With all this Latin influence, you would think that English is one of the Romance Languages like French and Spanish. The meaning of the word is the intensity of heat present in a substance. You might check this in the morning on the weather channel or on your outdoor thermometer (do people still have those?) to figure our what outfit to put together for the day.

Question 31

Which is the correct spelling?

Meaning to become aware or conscious of along with to interpret or regard as, this word first came into the language during Middle English, having its roots in Latin. It something that are senses do to provide information for our brain to process about everything around us, everything we do and everything we don't do. Everything we see and don't see, hear and don't hear, feel and don't feel. Can you discern, recognize, distinguish, find, make out the right spelling of this word?

Question 32

Which is the correct spelling?

This word refers to words that describe sounds such as the ones demonstrated in the picture, along with animal sounds as well. While the things described by this word are spelled exactly how they sound, with this word, sounding it out may not help. The tricky part of spelling this word is all the vowels. There are so many of them... WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OF THEM? It comes from Greek and was borrowed into the English language in the late sixteenth century.

Question 33

Which is the correct spelling?

This word found its way into the English language during Middle English from Latin. It has its origins in Egyptian language and then found its way into Hebrew, the Greek and then Latin so that now we can write about it today. The original meaning, believe it or not, has nothing to do with the ruler of a nation, but a great house. Today we use the word to mean the monarchs of ancient Egypt, such as Tutankhamun (king Tut).

Question 34

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This word, having its origins in the Greek language is a word that describes a general condition that causes difficulty with learning language and can have different subcategories. The word first entered the language in the nineteenth century and is not a very old word. Unfortunately, if you do suffer from a such a disorder, you probably won't do very well on this quiz, but maybe you can try to get the worst score possible? Life is only the challenge that you make it.

Question 35

Which is the correct spelling?

This is a term that you need to do your research on when looking for an insurance company. It refers to the amount that a policy holder must pay before any expenses will be made by the insurance company. It is also an important term when paying taxes, especially for companies who have expenses for their company that may be reduced from their income for taxes that need to be paid. The word originated from Latin during the eagerly fifteenth century.

Question 36

Which is the correct spelling?

This word means to convert to normal language, decode or unravel. It can also mean to understand, interpret or identify. It originated from French and was borrowed into the English language in the sixteenth century. While you may not be able to crack the code on this one, don't sweat, it you can still do well overall. You can write yourself a code and speak in your own language. That way, you'll never need to know how to spell and English word again.

Question 37

Which is the correct spelling?

This word, being synonymous with humanitarianism, benevolence and generosity, refers to the desire to promote equality and welfare of others. The word has its origins in the Greek language and eventually made its way to the English language through Latin in the seventeenth century. Some people tend to mispronounce this word which is why its spelling can sometimes gets tricky. If you can pronounce it properly, then you can definitely spell it correctly. Sound it out and spell it out!

Question 38

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This word refers to a medical condition of the lungs that can be characterized by inflammation of the lungs caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms include coughing and chest pain along with fever and chills. The word originates from Greek and was borrowed into the English language through Latin during the seventeenth century. Another symptom of the condition is confusion, which would make it even harder to spell this word that is already impossibly difficult to spell already.

Question 39

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This is an animal that you might say "see you later" to and is often confused with its cousin the crocodile. One main distinguished, however, is that the crocodile snout is more pointed and V-shaped while the other is rounded and U-shaped. The origin of the word unsurprisingly has its roots in Latin, but unlike most of the previous words that have been borrowed in from French, this word was actually borrowed in from Spanish. The word first entered the language in the sixteenth century.

Question 40

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These were very helpful in school when we had crazy amounts of things to memorize. The one referenced in the picture is used to remember the planets of our solar system though a lot of you may remember when it had something to do with pizzas back when Pluto was still considered a planet. Another example of this is "King Henry Died, Mother Didn't Care Much" to help you remember the metric system. The word has its origins in Greek.

Question 41

Which is the correct spelling?

This word refers to a book that may help you pass this quiz. The name of this book has its origins in the Latin language and was borrowed into the English language in the mid-sixteenth century. The first books of this kind were published by many different companies around the same time so it is hard to say who has the rights to the first one, but you'll have the rights to your own set if you can pass this quiz.

Question 42

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This word refers to your ears, nose and throat doctor. It seems like a lot of things to deal with but all of these body parts are connected and are therefore easy to take car of together. The word is so long because it is a compound of "ear" "nose" "throat" "study of" and a person morpheme. The word has most of its origin from the Greek language, though the Ancient Greeks probably didn't use that mixture of morphemes together.

Question 43

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This word is hard to spell, not because it is THAT hard to remember the positioning of all the m's and the n's, but because the only way you can ever picture this word being pronounced is the way that Nemo says it and the poor thing butchers the word, horribly. This word actually refers to a type of plant that, on land is just a bunch of pretty flowers, but underwater is home to Nemo and his father, Marlin.

Question 44

Which is the correct spelling?

This is a very weird word not only because it looks weird but also because no one ever pronounces it the way that it is spelled and everyone pronounces it differently. The word originates from an Ancient Greek ancestor that means "little star" which is exactly what it is. The main reason this symbol is used in a text is to censor a word. However, it can also be used to signify an afternote as well as to make corrections.

Question 45

Which is the correct spelling?

This device may save your life one day, but could you spell it to save your life? Luckily you probably wouldn't have to because the name is always written right on its case. This word refers to a device that sends electric currents to the heart through electrode pads. The shock stops any chaotic rhythm that may be going in with the heart to snap it back into a normal, healthy cadence. If used on a person with a normally functioning heat, it will have the opposite effect.

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