Quick Clicks: Spelling List


Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips

This time-saving writers’ resource by sought-after book editor Jodie Renner is a clickable list of words and phrases that, for one reason or another, often trip up even good spellers and slow down their work. By using this handy alphabetical glossary with lots of links, and also Renner’s much more detailed but equally handy and clickable companion guide,  – Quick Clicks: Word Usage -Style and Usage Tips for Busy Writers and Editors, you can find answers fast and get back to what really matters – your message and content.

Whether you’re a journalist, fiction or nonfiction writer, student, blogger, editor, or anyone else on a busy schedule (aren’t we all these days?), this clickable spelling list will save you tons of time. Not 100 percent sure of the spelling of a word, or whether it’s hyphenated or capitalized? Keep this resource on your screen or beside you on your Kindle or tablet or smartphone, then just click on the first two letters, check the word quickly, and you’re back to your writing project within seconds.

If you’d prefer a PDF version for $2.99 to leave on your screen behind or beside your writing project, contact Jodie Renner at info@JodieRenner.com.


“One word or Two? Hyphen or no hyphen? I never can keep all that straight. This books clears the air. A must for every writer.”

~ DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Samantha Cody and Dub Walker thriller series

Must-have useful reference for editors and writers! The organization is brilliant.

“This time-saving reference is incredibly useful for writers and editors. It’s a very well-organized book and the clickable links are absolutely one of the best features. I’m going to use this again and again!”

~ Eve Paludan, author & editor

“Indispensable tool for all writers, novice or seasoned. Once you start using this quick spelling resource, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.”

~ Los Angeles Writer

A useful time-saver! Very easy to use. Convenient and slick.”

~ Mandrake

“This is a great resource for word usage, with clickable links that make it easy. I see it becoming indispensable!

~ L.J. Sellers, author of the bestselling Detective Jackson and Agent Dallas series

Lots of live links make it quick and easy to use!

“This guide to commonly misspelled words and phrases is a time-saver for any writer. It’s a quick reference guide you can keep in the background of your work in progress. If you are not sure how to spell a word, whether it’s hyphenated or not, or which of several homonyms is the right one, like peak or peek, weather or whether, etc., you can find the answer with a few clicks and get back to work quickly. This is a must-have resource.”

~ John W. Kurtze

“To hyphenate or not to hyphenate . . .  this quick and easy to use guide helps with some of the most common spelling demons without me having to go to Google and sort through the results to get the best answer. Jodie is a great editor and this is the latest in her series of practical writing guides. You can keep it open on your Kindle or your computer-based Kindle app for easy reference during writing sessions. Grab it, you won’t regret it.”

~ Patient Reader



Why use this resource?

Whether you’re a journalist, fiction or nonfiction writer, student, blogger, editor, or anyone else on a busy schedule (aren’t we all these days?), this clickable spelling list (and Grammar on the Go, out soon) will save you tons of time, no matter what you’re writing. Just keep this doc up on your screen or beside you on your Kindle, tablet, or smartphone, and if you’re unsure of a word, go to this, click on the first two letters, check the word, and you’re back to your writing project within seconds.

Words are listed here for various reasons. They might be challenging to spell, like “acquiescence” or “hemorrhage” or “abhorrent” or “zucchini” or “Caesar.” Or what about those everyday words we think we know how to spell, but just want to quickly verify, like “occurrence” or “embarrassed” or “occasion” or “recommend” or “separate” or “weird” or “vacuum”?

In many other cases, the words or terms are easy to spell but are just included because there is confusion as to whether they should be hyphenated, one word, or two words. For example, is it back seat, back-seat, or backseat? checkout, check-out, or check out? Is it under-achiever or underachiever? counter-clockwise or counterclockwise?

I’ve also included troublesome homonyms such as its and it’s; who’s and whose; rein and reign; stationary and stationery; principal and principle; peek, peak, and pique; insure and ensure; complement and compliment; lightning and lightening, past and passed, and many more.

For the sake of brevity and ease of use, definitions are rarely given in this resource, except in cases where the incorrect word is often mistakenly used.

So why wouldn’t you just rely on your word processor’s spell-checker? Because Word’s spell-checker is made up of words that users submit and in many cases is blatantly incorrect.

All of the words in this list have all been verified as correct spelling or normal current usage. My main references are the two copyeditors’ and proofreaders’ “bibles,” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (M-W) and The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS); and for words that don’t appear in Merriam-Webster, I’ve chosen the spelling used in the majority of online dictionaries.

[Starts with an alphabetical clickable list of letters, eg.,

A ac ad af ai al an ap ar at     Ba   bad bar be bi bl bo bra bre bro bu  ]


As, Bs, Cs, Ds, etc. (plurals of letters, no ’ per CMOS)

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous


A-list, the





abjure – to reject solemnly

about-face (n, M-W)

about-turn (n, M-W)

aboveboard (adj, adv, M-W)

aboveground (adj, M-W)

abrogate – to nullify



absentminded (M-W)

absinthe, also absinth (M-W)

absorbent; also absorbant (M-W)

absorption (not absorbtion)


abstruse – hard to understand;

obtuse – dull, slow







a cappella, also a capella (M-W)

accede – to agree

accelerate – to speed up






accessible (not accessable)

accidentally (also accidently, M-W)



accompanied by (not with)







ache (hurt)



Achilles’ heel

acknowledgment (N. Am.)

acknowledgement (British)



acquiesce (v, to accept, comply, submit)