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Wiktionary accepts common misspellings. These are intended to help users who search for them, rather than being met with a red link, the entry directs them to the correct spelling.


Almost any word can be misspelled in dozens of ways. For this reason, we only accept common misspellings. There are currently no criteria to establish what a "common" misspelling is. Misspellings have to meet Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion just as much as any other entry, so some entries may be required to pass Wiktionary:Requests for verification.

Evidence to support commonness could include uses in reliable third-party published materials, such as books, magazines, leaflets and newspapers. Per our criteria, anything that is in "widespread use" should be included.


Misspellings should appear under a part of speech heading like Noun, Adjective or Verb but should not appear in those categories. Misspellings can be included in entries that already have other meanings, or other languages. These entries should appear in the relevant categories. The template {{misspelling of}} is designed to do all the formatting necessary for misspellings.

Example (stationery)Edit



# [[writing]] [[materials]]


# {{misspelling of|en|stationary}}

So this entry appears in Category:English nouns but not Category:English adjectives, as the {{en-adj}} template is not used for misspellings.


Wiktionary documents usage, therefore misspellings that are commonly judged to be 'misspellings' are included as such. There are alternatives, however:

  1. {{nonstandard spelling of}} for entries that are deliberate misspellings, such as kewl for cool.
  2. {{deliberate misspelling of}}
  3. {{archaic spelling of}} and {{obsolete spelling of}} for spellings that are no longer used, but were not considered incorrect at a certain time.
  4. {{alternative spelling of}} for spellings that are less common, but not considered incorrect.
  5. {{eye dialect of}}

See alsoEdit