I am utterly convinced that I was taught two spellings of the word 'separate' The first version, separate describes something in a different location. The second was SEPERATE, a verb describing the action of dividing things that would then be separate. I was prepared to accept this was a false memory until I mentioned this to a librarian of a similar age and background. She told me that she was taught the same thing. I have trawled the internet and dictionaries and found no reference to 'seperate', but..I'm sure I was taught this. Anyone have any ideas??
Here is your closure. Separate is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. Separate can be an adjective, 'set apart, distinct, or not related', and a verb, 'to set apart, to distinguish, or to divide'.
Separate is often misspelled as 'seperate', a word that has no meaning and is simply a misspelling.
Misspellings can develop a life of their own; the word 'dilemma' is sometimes spelled 'dilemna', and I have heard it arose from a misprint in a dictionary supplied to many US schools around 1958.