Words that look misspelled

I have noticed that if I am reading something in which a word is repeated often, then the word begins to look misspelled. I noticed it today in this thread. The word “salt” is used a lot, for obvious reasons, but by the time I got to the end of the thread I thought it was spelled incorrectly and I was driving myself crazy trying to figure out the correct spelling for “salt”.

Does this happen to anyone else or has my very thin chain finally snapped?
(Not that it would surprise me…I just like to stay well informed on the state of my sanity.)

Any word, repeated often enough, whether in writing or spoken, begins to look/sound like nonsense after a while.

Drives me crazy too.

Whenever I see the word “misspelled”, I think it looks misspelled.

Yeh, this happens to me too. Sometimes it’s a word like room.

Earlier, I was convinced I had misspelled “non-sequitur” and had to look it up.

It still looks wrong. And I HAVE experienced the phenomenon of short common words suddenly not making sense; I just can’t think of one right now.

My quite-intelligent friend called me the other day and asked how to spell her friend’s name. Her friend’s name is Donna. She’s known how to spell this name for years and year and years. But on this one particular day she had a brain fart and couldn’t remember how to spell it. Weerd. Very, very weerd.

“Fork.” Particularly in my Magic: The Gathering days, when you might have to consider the prospect of two Forks forking each other. That’s a lot of forking forks going on.

I always have to pause with the word “weird.” It never looks right, and I guess it’s because it doesn’t conform to the “‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ or when it sounds like ‘a’ as in ‘neighbor’ or ‘weigh.’” rule I’ve used since childhood. There are others, too, and it seems to happen randomly. Maybe it’s a human brain oddity, kind of like deja vu.

I’m so used to seeing “definitely” misspelled that when it’s spelled correctly, it looks wrong.

Collectible/collectable. According to my Merriam-Webster’s, they’re both right, but I don’t like either of them. The whole concept of collectables is annoying to me, now that I think about it. Down with collectibles! :mad:

There is one word in the English language that is always spelled incorrectly.

That word is


brought rough though thought through

but worst for me


Amazzingly enuff I spelt awl vose rite wen I cheked vem wive mi spel cheaker.

**judgement. **

Although either judgment or judgement is correct, I’ve always been taught there is only one “e” in the word.

**imminent ** always looks wrong too.


I occasionally type words like pr0n, so when I want to type the correct word, I get confused.

It is.

But… but… sputters

Ah-ha! Your own trick, used against you!

“Epitome” is the epitome of words that look misspelled. If you don’t want the “e” on the end silent and a long “o”, use a “y” on the end instead. Sheesh.

Any word with an “eu” vowel combination never looks right to me: neutral, pharmaceutical, etc.

But they always look worse with the u and e switched around, so I figure that the e-u order must be correct.