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):
|District of Columbia||Tongue|
|*Source: Google Trends|
Source of definitions: Dictionary.com, except for no. 8, which came from Merriam-Webster.
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