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Appendix A: Commonly misspelled words

The following is a list of commonly misspelled words. They should appear lowercase unless being used at the beginning of a sentence, etc.

accommodate
acknowledgment
advisor not adviser
alumnus (singular masculine)
alumna (singular feminine)
alumni (plural masculine)
alumnae (plural feminine)

Note: Alumni should also be used when referring to a coed group of alumni. Use alumnae for an all-female group only.

bylaw
caliber
campuswide
cancelled
CD
CDs (plural)
centre, centred
co-chair
co-curricular
coed
colour
co-op
co-operate
co-ordinate, co-ordinator
counsellor, counselling
co-worker
curriculum (singular), curricula (plural)
datum (singular, rarely used), data (plural)
database
defence
dialogue (not used as a verb)
DVD
DVDs (plural)
ebook
e-commerce
e-learning
email
emeritus (singular noun), emeriti (plural noun)
enrol
enrolment
enrolling
enrolled
ensure (to confirm) not insure
evite
e-zine
favour
focusing, focused
follow up (verb)
followup (noun, adjective)
fundraise (no hyphen)
groundbreaking
gauge
health care (two words when standing alone) health-care (hyphenated when used as an
adjective)
high-tech
home page
honour, honours, honourable, but honorary interdisciplinary
install, installed, installment
Internet
judgment
kickoff (noun)
kick off (verb)
liaison
licence (noun), license (verb)
long-range
long-term
longtime
modelling
multicultural
multidisciplinary
multimedia
multi-year
neighbour
on campus/off campus: when used to explain areas related to the university
on-campus/off-campus: hyphenated when used as adjectives
ongoing
online
on site: two separate words when standing alone
on-site: hyphenated when used as an adjective
per cent
personal (pertaining to one person)
personnel (group of people)
post-doctoral
postgraduate
post-secondary
preventive (not preventative)
publicly
questionnaire
RSVP
short-term
supersede
Tim Hortons not Tim Horton’s
trailblazer
unnecessary
U-Pass
worldwide

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