Insanely Difficult Words to Spell

Insanely Difficult Words to Spell

Published by Linda Tarrant on 4th Mar 2020

Even some of the world's best spellers consider these words to be insanely difficult!  What makes a word "tricky?" Many National Spelling Bee contestants know that some of the hardest words to spell fall into the following categories.

  • Some are just so long, a speller gets lost.
  • Some have very peculiar double letters, like yy or jj.
  • Some have a silent first letter.
  • Many simply don't follow any spelling rules from the language from which they are derived.
  • Most just have a pronunciation that doesn't obviate the spelling at all.
  • Many are geographic names or derived from a person's name.

Studying for a regional, state, or national spelling bee and need a new list of tough words? Have someone find these in the dictionary and give you the pronunciation, meaning, and language of origin. See how many you can guess! Many of the pronunciations will surprise you.

Hexco's List of Insanely Difficult Words

abhiseka

ajonjoli

Anschauungen

A'nyêmaqên

avijja

creaght

cynganeddion

Czestochowa

Djuka

dzeggetai

Eijkman test

Firbolg

fizelyite

fuidhir

giclèe

ihleite

Leixões

Pfannenstiel incision

Qeqertarsuaq

Rishon LeZiyyon

's Hertogenbosch

Shaanxi

taoiseach

tjurunga

tyiyn

Ujjain

Wrocław

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