The Disappearing “P”: A Magic Trick



Oops-a-daisy. I spotted this typo on a crime show trailer. It looks like the second “P” in “DISAPPEARANCE” got bumped for an extra “S.”

Doubling consonants is tricky business in the matter of spelling. It’s hard to remember when and where to do it. Here are some other ones that plague me, and I’m sure you, too:

  • Occurrence
  • Bookkeeper
  • Overrun
  • Withheld is an excellent source to ensure you have the correct spelling if you’re writing on paper, and not on the computer. I’ve used it on my mobile device countless times. Otherwise, spell-check will usually catch these sneaky typos.

What are some words with double consonants in the middle that trip you up? I open the floor to you…

Happy reading and writing, my friends!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 5 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit


Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for The Real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.