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3 horrible ways typos (and bad spelling) could alter the course of your life

Bad spelling can cost you. This British man, Nigel Lang, said his life was ruined when police mistook him for someone else due to a typo. It wouldn’t be the first time.

While 8 in 10 American adults consider themselves typo-free, 7 in 10 say they often find mistakes in written correspondence from others, according to a recent survey of the grammar gripes of more than 2,000 adults by Dictionary.com. When given a list of commonly misspelled words, almost 4 in 10 Americans (38%) say they are most bothered by the misspelling of February (without the first “r”), followed “definitely” and the word “receive” (when the “i” and “e” are inverted.

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