Almost two-thirds of the Australian adults have difficulty spelling the word 'embarrass', finds a new survey.
The Galaxy survey commissioned by Westpac was conducted on 400 people, aged over 16 years, from Sydney and Melbourne.
It showed about 70 per cent could not spell the world "accommodation".
One in two people wrongly spelt "accessory", and a quarter had trouble with "February".
Other words which the participants had trouble spelling included "guarantee", "opportunity", "eighth", and "receipt".
The survey also found that Aussie women were better spellers than men.
And only seven per cent of participants in Sydney and Melbourne received 100 per cent.
The survey found people aged 25 to 34 were among the worst spellers.
Children's author Deborah Abela said that spell check and text message abbreviations were harming people's spelling skills.
"It can impact on how people perceive general intelligence and can even affect one's ability to get and keep a job," News.com.au quoted Abela as saying.