Words I Just Can’t Spell

I admit it. There are some words I just can’t get to grips with. No matter how hard I try to memorise them, or to come up with nifty little mnemonics or other methods by which to trick myself into remembering them, I always have to look up the words:

Lose/loose
If left to my own devices I will ALWAYS choose the wrong one. Always.

Cliché
Or as it’s better known to me, “clique”.

Tomorrow
Gotta love those double consonants. Now, is it two ‘Ms’ or two ‘Rs’?

Separate
For some reason I always want to be generous and give it two Ps. Why? Who knows.

And that’s to say nothing of all of the differences between US and UK English that now completely confuse me because I’ve done so much work for US clients that I now sometimes forget which spelling goes with which country. Fun times!

I know I probably shouldn’t be admitting any of this, because I’m probably just opening myself up to a whole world of “You call yourself a writer, but you can’t spell TOMORROW?” comments, but the fact is, it’s true. I can’t. But hey, at least I know I can’t, so every time one of those words comes up, I can head straight over to Dictionary.com and look it up.

Do any words give you problems, or are you all perfect spellers?

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