An adult spelling quiz: 5 of the hardest words in the English language

Warning -- this quiz is HARD

Paul Hamrick successfully spells the word "binnacle" during the final rounds of the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).
Paul Hamrick successfully spells the word "binnacle" during the final rounds of the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images). (Getty Images)

In recent years, an international team of linguists partnered with Merriam-Webster to analyze a decade’s worth of words.

According to the linguists, nature and natural science accounted for 38% of misspelled words, followed by words related to medicine, arts, politics and law.


Read the full story here: The hardest-to-spell words in the English language


We took the list from the above report, showing the most challenging words to spell -- complete with phonetic pronunciations and definitions -- and made the quick spelling test below. Leave your score in the comments, and then challenge a friend or your mom. Good l-u-c-k!


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Michelle is the Managing Editor of Graham Media Group's Digital Content Team, which writes for all of the company's news websites.