Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)?
May 21, 2007 4:49 PM Subscribe
LanguageFilter: Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)?
posted by ranglin to Writing & Language (71 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We recently got a wedding invitation and discovered yet again that someone had decided that the way to spell my first name was 'micheal'. I got frustrated and told my wife 'nobody spells it that way'. A quick google search shows that occasionally it is spelled that way, but even google says "Did you mean to say: michael" and a search on wikipedia actually just redirects you to 'michael'.
So, my question to all you linguistic MeFi's is, why is this common name spelt incorrectly so often? Am I just deluded and the 'micheal' spelling is more common than I think, or do people just not know how to spell? I've never seen this kind of thing with other names, but I get it all the time with my name and it's driving me nuts!