spelling of missle or missile

My whole life I thought that an object or weapon that is fired, thrown, dropped, or otherwise projected at a target was spelled “missle“. I just learned that it is actually spelled “missile“.

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Tom Saaristo
Tom Saaristo

I stopped spelling it missle when I heard people saying “Miss Aisle” and looked it up. They’re pronunciation was skewed, but I never forgot that second “i” after that.

Matt Maldre

Wow. I’ve been spelling it wrong my whole life. Then again, I don’t ever recall having the need to spell missle/missile.

Here’s some stats on missle/missile
Google results:
2,400,000 missle
97,500,000 missile

Google results on just .gov sites:
9,800 missle
1,430,000 missile
(ha! look at all the typos on goverment websites!)

Number of people searching via overture sites (i think yahoo is included in this):
1132 missle
7605 missile

Top google ad bid
$0.15 missle
$1.02 missile

I guess most people do spell it right.

John Curren Chapman
John Curren Chapman

Missile is an archaic form of missle. If you live in the past it’s missile. If you live in the present it’s missle.