From Hull AWE
Divided is one of the 117 mis-spellings listed as 'Common difficulties' in the section on 'Spelling' within 'Writing' in UEfAP.
- The noun and adjective individual, with its three '-i-'s, is derived from the same Latin root, indÄ«vidu-us 'indivisible', 'inseparable'. The word was first used in a similar sense as 'atom', 'the smallest part which can exist', more especially in biological contexts: 'a single member of a species'.
- One difficulty of spelling divide etc. may be caused by the common pronunciation in rushed speech, in which the first syllable is realized as a shwa - like the first syllable in decided and derided.