35 commonplace words that PR pros misspell

Forget ‘stichomythia’ or ‘succedaneum’—here are words that many struggle to spell in press releases and other communications copy.

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This week, I set out to answer a simple question: What are the most difficult words to spell in the English language?

I quickly discovered that I should re-frame the question: What are the most difficult, commonly used words in the English language?

There are plenty of obscure, impossible-to-spell words. These are words used at national spelling bees, such as stichomythia or succedaneum. However, when was the last time you used “succedaneum” in a press release?

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