That’s an Egrig… Egregou… Egregious Error: Most Commonly Misspelled and Looked-up Words

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When I worked in a bookstore in my early twenties (my mother said it was the equivalent of putting an alcoholic behind a bar), this book was one we stocked. Β I worked in the tiny store inside an elite hotel alone and Nurnberg’s book was one I frequently thumbed through in between waiting on doctor’s wives looking for the latest bodice-ripper (true story).

No matter how well-educated one is, there are always a few words that, for some reason, just don’t stick.

You are not alone. Β According to the website Grammar.net, the following are the fifteen most frequently looked up words (at least on their site):

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