University Marketing and Communications

Commonly Misspelled Words

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  • $122 million contract
  • 3D printing
  • 5 percent solution
  • biofuel
  • birth date
  • campuswide, University-wide (one of the few -wide compounds that needs a hyphen)
  • CareerFest
  • Center for Pre-College Outreach, pre-college programs
  • class work
  • co-edited, coauthor
  • coursework
  • co-rec (instead of co-recreation)
  • crazy smart
  • cross country
  • cross-cultural
  • database
  • e-learning
  • email
  • e-newsletter
  • ever-changing
  • Facebook News Feed, but newsfeed generically 
  • fieldwork
  • firsthand
  • job site
  • judgment 
  • long-term
  • MEEM building
  • name tag 
  • nonresident 
  • online
  • PO Box in forms; PO box in text
  • postdoc
  • powertrain
  • PS
  • pre-cruise
  • re-enroll
  • Résumé Blitz
  • safe house
  • semiconductor
  • school work
  • sing-along
  • Social Security Number, also SSN
  • spring break 
  • startup (noun), start up (verb)
  • student-athlete 
  • takeout (noun), take out (verb), take-out (adjective)
  • theatre major, theatre building 
  • training or orientation, not onboarding 
  • tweet 
  • ultrahigh-performance editors; their achievement scores were ultrahigh
  • underrepresented (not under-represented) 
  • vice president
  • weeklong
  • Wi-Fi
  • year-end
  • yearlong
  • year-round
  • Zip Code