Correct spelling, explanation: typical has Greek origins in the expressions tupos and tupikos, but it came into English from a Latin form typicalis in the 17th century. Today typical is an adjective used both in formal and informal contexts.
Definition of typical:
1. adjective – when someone or something has some expected characteristics,
Don’t take it personally, it was only a typical example of a teenage reaction.
2. adjective – used to express our disapproval of someone’s negative quality,
Oh, it’s typical of Jane not to answer the phone when everybody is waiting for her.
Expressions with typical:
Popular expressions with typical are: typical day, typical example, by no means typical.
On my typical day at work, I do a lot of paperwork and answer phones.
He’s a typical example of an overambitious employee who puts work over his social life.
Lakes are by no means typical for this region of the United States.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: as the pronunciation of the word typical is /ˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl/ many users of English wrongly assume that the -i sound in the first syllable corresponds to the spelling and they spell the word as
tipical, which is wrong. The spelling has a -y letter in the first syllable so the only correct spelling is typical.
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