Learning to Spell ‘Diffrence’

Posted by on 24th June 2020

I spent my first 18 years trying to get the hang of spelling, and by the time I reached university, I’d pretty much had enough. But if I was to do well in my chosen field of psychology, there was going to be a few tricky words to get familiar with.

Scisofrenea’, for instance. And with lectures and exam questions coming up on schizophrenia, I needed to start practising!

Then I began to wonder – did each of us have a list of recurring troublesome words that we struggled with?

At that point, Global AutoCorrect was still in the development stage. What if it could not only correct my spelling but also get a list of my most commonly misspelled words as well? Then I’d know which words I needed to practice most…

I made some adjustments and left Global AutoCorrect working in the background.

A couple of weeks later, I had my first list of corrected words. Surprisingly, psychology and schizophrenia were lower down towards the middle of my list. Right up top was the word ‘difference‘ – I hadn’t realised, but it occurs frequently in psychology texts and studies, often multiple times in a single paragraph.

Unfortunately, my version was missing an ‘e‘ – ‘diffrence’. To remedy that, mispronunciation was my weapon of choice. And now, whenever I write it out, I still hear ‘diff-er-ence’ in my head!

But without Global AutoCorrect, I never would never have noticed – despite manually correcting it thousands of times.

I still can’t spell schizophrenia, by the way…But Global AutoCorrect can, so I don’t mind so much!

Here’s something for you to try…

Think you know which word you get wrong most often?

Try pressing Ctrl + Shift + G now to find out.

(Ctrl + Opt + Cmd + G on a Mac)

The result might just surprise you too!

Take care,


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