Google says these are the words Americans cannot spell


If Google is any indication, most Americans wouldn’t even make it through the first round of the National Scripps Spelling Bee. And depending on where they live, their spelling problems may be particularly troublesome.

In honor of Thursday’s National Scripps Spelling Bee finals, MarketWatch asked Google Trends to dig into what words Americans have the most trouble spelling — as well as where these troubled spellers live.

Nationwide, the number one problem word is the color grey. (Incidentally, you can spell it either “grey” or “gray,” though gray is more common in the United States, while grey is more common in other countries like the United Kingdom). Here are the 10 words that U.S. users most commonly ask Google how to spell:

Top “how to spell” questions in the last year in the U.S.

1. How do you spell the color grey

2. How do you spell cancelled

3. How do you spell definitely

4. How do you spell horderves

5. How do you spell pneumonia

6. How do you spell appreciate

7. How do you spell Hanukkah

8. How do you spell restaurant

9. How do you spell 90

10. How do you spell niece

*Source: Google Trends

Idaho residents seem to struggle most with spelling: The state has the highest proportion of spelling questions asked to Google relative to total Google searches.

Finally, here are the top words that residents of each state ask Google how to spell.

The word residents of each state are most confused about how to spell (words listed are the ones they typed in):
State

Word

Alabama 

Resume

Alaska 

Desire

Arizona 

Definitely

Arkansas 

Diarrhea

California 

Grey

Colorado 

Receipt

Connecticut 

Cancelled

Delaware 

Parynichia

District of Columbia 

Tongue

Florida

Grey

Georgia 

Pneumonia

Hawaii 

Pterodactyl

Idaho 

Antelope

Illinois 

Grey

Indiana 

Grey

Iowa 

Grey

Kansas 

Grey

Kentucky 

Jealous

Louisiana 

Paran

Maine 

Frusterated

Maryland 

Sincerely

Massachusetts 

Grey

Michigan 

Grey

Minnesota 

Grey

Mississippi 

Niece

Missouri 

Maintenance

Montana 

Diagnose

Nebraska

Seizures

Nevada

Gorgeous

New Hampshire

Cancelled

New Jersey

Hanukkah

New Mexico 

Anniversary

New York 

Hanukkah

North Carolina 

Cancelled

North Dakota 

Grey

Ohio

Grey

Oklahoma

horderves

Oregon 

Hallelujah

Pennsylvania

Hanukkah

Rhode Island 

Magnetism

South Carolina

Resume

South Dakota 

Borrow

Tennessee

Pneumonia

Texas

Beautiful

Utah 

Awnry

Vermont 

Radiator

Virginia

Grey

Washington

Vacuum

West Virginia

Relax

Wisconsin 

Chiwawa

Wyoming 

Jelous

*Source: Google Trends

Source of definitions: Dictionary.com, except for no. 8, which came from Merriam-Webster.


View more information: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-worst-spellers-in-america-live-in-this-state-2015-05-28

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