Sometimes, even the best of us hvae tourble seplling. Other times, we forget even the most basic, ummm, what were they called? Mouth sounds? Pen squiggles? Words! It’s nothing to be ashamed of and, if we can learn to laugh at ourselves for messing up, it’s a great source of entertainment for our friends… and the internet.

Bored Panda has collected the funniest times that people forgot how to use the English language online and this resulted in some giggle-worthy moments. Have a look, upvote your fave mistakes and hilarious moments, and let us know in the comments which words you have the most problems spelling, dear Pandas. (For me, Massachusetts is hard to spell but Mississippi is easy.) Check out our earlier post about the times that people had no idea how to spell ‘quarantine’ correctly, too.

Dr. Lisa McLendon from the University of Kansas School of Journalism and the Coordinator at the Bremner Editing Center explained to Bored Panda why we sometimes forget basic words, why we tend to have trouble spelling correctly, and what we can do to improve. Scroll down for our full interview with her.

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Forgot

Forgot

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Jude Bennett
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3 weeks ago

hahaha that is brilliant

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#2

Excitement

Excitement

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Jude Bennett
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3 weeks ago

omg lmfao

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#3

Brainfart

Brainfart

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GirlFriday
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3 weeks ago

I forgot the word vector and called it "math colors" in front of someone I was training.

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Dr. McLendon told Bored Panda that forgetting words is more of a cognitive question than one of grammar or language. “People forget words (and other information) all the time and it’s not a sign of deeper memory problems, it just means they have a temporary blip in ‘retrieval.’ Not surprisingly, this happens more if someone’s tired or stressed out or distracted.”

According to the News and Information Track Chair at the University of Kansas, our troubles with spelling are related to us living in the modern world where a lot of the checking and editing is done for us.

“Because spell-check and autocorrect are everywhere, what seems to be the biggest problem is words that are spelled correctly but aren’t the right word, like ‘form’ instead of ‘from,’ ‘it’s’ instead of ‘its,’ or ‘defiantly’ instead of ‘definitely.’”

#4

They Overheard The Customer Say "It's Steven, Spelled With A Ph"

They Overheard The Customer Say "It's Steven, Spelled With A Ph"

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Kesam
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3 weeks ago

How phtupid! 😂

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#5

My Name Is Noah. Everyone Spells It Wrong. I Though There Was One Place That Would Get It Right

My Name Is Noah. Everyone Spells It Wrong. I Though There Was One Place That Would Get It Right

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howdylee
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3 weeks ago

i'm more interested in the "plain shmear" :D

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#6

Attsma

Attsma

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visvalin Vamadevan
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3 weeks ago

Breath not, extremely accurate.

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Dr. McLendon gave us a couple of tips that can help us improve if we’re embarrassed by our spelling mistakes.

“Read carefully over what you’ve written, to make sure you—or autocorrect—didn’t use the wrong word or misuse an apostrophe. Know yourself well enough to know where you usually make mistakes. For instance, I frequently type ‘form’ when I mean ‘from,’ so whenever I finish a document, I do a search for ‘form’ so I can catch the wrong usages,” she said.

“If your writing is going to be seen by a broader audience, have someone else read over it. When you’ve written something, your brain already knows what you’re thinking and what you meant to say, even if you didn’t actually say it.So when you read your own writing, you unconsciously fill in missing words, skip over typos, fail to see ambiguity, etc.”

The expert continued: “Another person, someone who sees only what’s on the page and not what’s in your head, can help you spot mistakes and improve your writing. This is especially important if you are carving something in stone or getting a tattoo with words in it.”

#7

Unsleep

Unsleep

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

Wow, this guy got a polite friend!

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#8

My Favourite... Triangle Food With Topping

My Favourite... Triangle Food With Topping

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Aisha Boudy
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3 weeks ago

Peter.

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#9

Car Liked That

Car Liked That

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GirlFriday
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3 weeks ago

My nephew called it "Go Juice" for a long time. If we had to stop for gas, he would ask, "Is the car thirsty for Go Juice?" Now that he is driving, we often ask him if his car is thirsty or if he needs money for Go Juice.

Queen Jackson.
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Go go juice sounds so familiar. Isn't it those speech pouch apple sauce thingies?

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slackjack
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3 weeks ago

I'm calling it "Vroom Vroom Juice" from now on.

Megzymonsta
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3 weeks ago

In England we call it petrol or petroleum. If someone says they're getting gas we assume they're developing a stomach complaint

blugeagua
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3 weeks ago

It’s short for gasoline.

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Charlielikescats
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3 weeks ago

Vroom Vroom juice sounds like a hell of an energy drink

glowworm2
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3 weeks ago

Vroom Vroom Juice? I love it!

Nandy Nam
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Maybe @Edward is the hubby ... just saying !!!!!

Lucy Gray Baird🐦🐍
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I laughed so hard I started crying

Sarah Bennett
Community Member
3 weeks ago

My boyfriend calls it anti-walk. Said like you would antifreeze

Noah Reid
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3 weeks ago

L

AzKhaleesi
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3 weeks ago

I am forever now calling it vroom vroom juice lol

it's me again
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1 week ago

Car sauce

ZemiraTheGreat
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3 weeks ago

Yed

Dolevaal
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1 week ago

Vroom vroom juice ... I like that one.

JessG
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Riiiiight....he would've just said it in Spanish

Ana Arena
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3 weeks ago

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Im disappointed he didnt sang Gasolina from daddy yankee. BAD COLOMBIAN.

Edward
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3 weeks ago

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Never happened

ebony1k124 touch
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3 weeks ago

How do you know? Were you in their gas tank?

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 weeks ago

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Shame. The word is petrol if you haven't remembered yet.

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Conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, and dysgraphia can affect people’s spelling and it takes lots of dedication to overcome these challenges. Keep in mind that nobody’s making fun of people who have genuine trouble spelling—it’s a completely different topic altogether.

But plenty of people without any conditions mess up when it comes to English, too, and it can lead to some genuinely funny situations. However, nobody should be embarrassed about making spelling mistakes. They’re a great way to improve and we only fail if we give up on growing.

Case in point—I used to mess up writing ‘embarrassed’ but my teacher taught me that an easy way to remember the spelling is that when you’re embarrassed, you’re so red that it doubles the r’s and the s’s.

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Liquid Zoo

Liquid Zoo

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Vic
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3 weeks ago

Once this covid is done, I'll take my son to solid aquarium, to see tigers and lions

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#11

Arm Hinges

Arm Hinges

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Jude Bennett
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3 weeks ago

That works for me.

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#12

Mini Guitar

Mini Guitar

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ADHORTATOR
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3 weeks ago

finally a polite friend

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Funnily enough, the word ‘embarrassment’ was the most difficult word to spell for British people, according to Word Counter (odds are, you've used their word counting program if you've ever written an essay for school or college).

Some other hard-to-spell words for Brits were fluorescent, accommodate, psychiatrist, and occasionally. Darn those inconsistent double consonants!

Meanwhile, some of the main words that Americans asked Google how to spell correctly include grey, definitely, pneumonia, appreciate, Hanukkah, and restaurant.

#13

Thceif

Thceif

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troufaki13
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3 weeks ago

Well, technically...

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#14

Chililoptee

Chililoptee

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

"next day ass hurt place"

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#15

Toblerone

Toblerone

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 weeks ago

close enough.

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#16

I Salute You

I Salute You

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kasa alex
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3 weeks ago

Well, we don't use that form of greeting any more so

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#17

Water Hungry

Water Hungry

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Deborah Brett
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3 weeks ago

It's when you think you are hungry, but actually you are thirsty. It's the reason for the 'drink a glass of water and wait 10 minutes' weight-watching tactic.

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#18

Pararara Pararara Teethman

Pararara Pararara Teethman

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

Na na na na, na na na na, na na Teeth Man!

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#19

Great Way To Spell A Great President

Great Way To Spell A Great President

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Kesam
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wasn't he friends with that The Odor Roo Swell guy? Or was it Rich Art Nick Son?

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#20

Paseggiliti

Paseggiliti

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Sara Rodrigues
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3 weeks ago

Spaghtetti isn't correct either hahaha

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#21

Push/Pull I Prefer:

Push/Pull I Prefer:

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BingeFest1
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Yesn't

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#22

A Real Sciencer

A Real Sciencer

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 weeks ago

It reminds me of when I was a kid and couldn't remember what people from Germany were called. I was thinking "Germish?" Funny I still have that memory about 40 years later!

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#23

Poor Alan

Poor Alan

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GirlFriday
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3 weeks ago

Well, it did come from WISH so you kinda have to expect it.

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#24

Croisage?

Croisage?

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Jude Bennett
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3 weeks ago

Rather have the croissant.

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#25

Big Laugh

Big Laugh

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Vic
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3 weeks ago

This is a big laugh!

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#26

Leggo My Eggo

Leggo My Eggo

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Kesam
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Wall fool = Trump

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#27

My Name (Kinzi) Is Always Spelled Wrong As Well, But This One From Starbucks Wins The Prize

My Name (Kinzi) Is Always Spelled Wrong As Well, But This One From Starbucks Wins The Prize

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 weeks ago

barista is just being honest

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#28

Need Some Of That Good Old Water On Face

Need Some Of That Good Old Water On Face

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Kesam
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I'm thirsty so will do some water in face now.

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#29

Boy Niece

Boy Niece

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Kesam
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3 weeks ago

I have a sauster. He's my only sibling.

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#30

Portal Potty

Portal Potty

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visvalin Vamadevan
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3 weeks ago

To the nether!

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