Guide to Spelling: Hooked on Phonics · synonym 189 Spelling Demons How can you tell a spelling demon? They're the words that look wrong even when they're right. I know you can spell all right because it's the opposite of all wrong. Maybe you were lucky enough to learn that a lot is two words, rarefy has that pesky e, and sacrilegious has a whole lot of letters. There are still tons of words lying (laying?) in wait for you. Here are 10 common spelling demons that have no doubt been deviling you for years: Ten Tough Spelling Words--and Ways to Make Them Tender 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. traveler.The British spell it with two l 's, but Americans don't double-up, except in accented syllables (such as controlled, referral, propeller ). coolly.Here, you're just adding the suffix to the root. (I know it still looks funny. But it's right. Trust me.) embarrass.Two r 's and two s 's. But then again, we have harass. unparalleled.Memorize this sucker. There's no other way around it. nickel.Is there any justice in the world? Strictly Speaking So what's it going to be : harebrained or hairbrained? (The former, as in harelip. ) 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. glamour.We can deal with this ... but what about glam o rous? resuscitate.That's why people learn CPR; they're too busy being heroes (not heros) to spell what they just did. genealogy.Like its first cousins mineralogy and analogy , one of a few words that doesn't end with - ology. pavilion.That's what we get for taking words from the French. Cotillion and vermilion also pose difficulty. dysfunction.Because so many people have it, better learn how to spell it (maybe a cure is easier?). Still game? Here's a list of spelling demons you're likely to encounter in daily life. Of course, there are many more, so don't write to me, e-mail me, or fax me your favorites. I'll give you a few lines at the bottom of the list where you can record your favorites. abbreviate abyss academic ache adjacent allotted bachelor balloon bicycle bigamy budget cellophane debtor decided defense deferred delicious deluge ecstasy efficient eighth eligible February fickle gallery ghetto grammar guess handicapped heaviness height heroes icing journal journeying juvenile keenness kindliness laboratory larceny legend leisure maintain marmalade