The Hardest Words to Spell on Sporcle

The Hardest Words to Spell on Sporcle

Spelling counts on Sporcle. Most of the time, this isn’t too big of a hurdle. But when it comes to certain topics, like the Periodic Table or Capitals of the World… well, things get tricky. If you have a spell-check on your browser it helps, but even spell-check will stumble on McConaughey sometimes. 

This list was created through a combination of guess rates on relevant quizzes, and a staff survey of spelling pet peeves. So without further ado…

Here are the Hardest Words to Spell on Sporcle:

Famous Names

Names are tough – they can come from any linguistic background, and they are relevant in just about every category of trivia. A lot of spell check tools just can’t handle them, and even the best ones will miss out on a lot of names outside the A-listers.

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Renée Zellweger
Zach Galifianakis
Matthew McConaughey
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Carl Yastrzemski
Dikembe Mutombo

Places

U.S. states still trip some of us up. They’re probably not the top tier hardest words to spell, but they’re probably some of the most misspelled by sheer volume. Countries and capitals are a little more understandable – sounding them out is a challenge depending on your first language.

Massachusetts
Tennessee
Louisiana
Minnesota
Connecticut
Kyrgyzstan
Kazakhstan
Ouagadougou
Ngerulmud
Naypyidaw
Yamoussoukro
Ulaanbaatar
Melekeok
Nouakchott
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

Fictional People & Places

If you thought real world people and places were hard, good luck with fantasy. Technically all names are made up… but Daenerys still feels a lot more made up than Tiffany. From Harry Potter to Pokémon, there are plenty of fictional names to get stuck on.

Daenerys Targaryen
Viserys Targaryen
Mirri Maz Duur
Gubraithian Fire
Alohomora
Millicent Bulstrode
Phineas Nigellus Black
Xenophilius 
Rattata
Exeggcute/Exeggutor
Kangaskhan
Gyarados

Scientific Terms

Even limiting to just biology, you’ve got everything from Coelacanth to Xoloitzcuintli – and good luck with any quiz that uses Latin. The periodic table is an obstacle course as well.

Praseodymium
Molybdenum
Roentgenium
Darmstadtium
Phenylalanine
Integumentary
Jejunum
Xiphoid Process

Stylized Titles

Even if you know how to spell a word normally, it can be all kinds of twisted up by the time it makes it into a movie or TV title. On Sporcle we usually accept the un-stylized version as well, but it’s definitely worth bragging points to know the “real” version.

Inglourious Basterds
Se7en
Terminator: Genisys
The Pursuit of Happyness
Pet Sematary
Mortal Kombat


There’s an infinite number of spelling errors and typos that can trip you up in the world. But Sporcle will have you spelling Kyrgyzstan and Schwarzenegger on the first try in no time.

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