86% of parents say UK spelling is getting worse

When it comes to spelling are you bewildered by biscuits, stumped by separate, and thrown by twelfth?

Well, you’re not alone. About 81% of UK adults believe the nation’s ability to spell everyday words in the English language is deteriorating, with this figure rising to as high as 86% when it comes to parents.

Almost two thirds (63%) of us blame our inability to spell correctly on our overreliance on autocorrect as it introduces plenty of Americanisms, as well as the odd faux pas – leaving us oblivious to the many mistakes we make when casually bashing out a quick message.

A change in habits has contributed to the decline with 59% saying writing less and 52% citing reading less as reasons for losing familiarity with the spelling of certain, tricky words.