Do you ever ponder which automaker names are most frequently misspelt? The most commonly misspelt brands were compiled in a study by financial services website Confused.com over the course of a month, and the results were predictable.
Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Porsche were the top three most misspelt automakers each month, with 2,249,400, 1,156,700, and 1,011,000 misspellings respectively. Extending out to the top 10, there’s Toyota with 824,600 and Peugeot with 710,100, Tesla with 539,600, Mercedes-Benz with 489,500, Bentley with 341,900, Suzuki with 317,900, and Bugatti with 205,300.
Many of the entries on the list, such as “Porshe” (Porsche), “Mersedes” (Mercedes), and “Leksus,” appear to be genuine misspellings based on the phonetic pronunciation of the brand in question (Lexus). Some of the misspellings, like “Dford” (Ford), “Volvi” (Volvo), and “Totota” (Toyota), appear to be the result of accidentally striking neighbouring keys on the keyboard. The second group consists of the original names with a few letters changed, such as “Chevorlet” (Chevrolet), “Telsa” (Tesla), and “BMW” (BMW) (BMW).
Other examples include the addition or omission of letters, as in “Hond” (Honda), “Auddi” (Audi), and “Jeeep” (Jeep). Some of the spellings on this list, like “Landriver” for “Land Rover” and “Wolksvagen” for “Volkswagen,” did leave us scratching our heads, despite the fact that most of the blunders were made in good faith. However, given how often we’ve seen “Alfa Romero,” we’re surprised that Alfa Romeo didn’t make the cut.
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