Spellings of 2 Words Seem to Vex Americans the Most

'Pneumonia' then 'beautiful' are tops in a total of 9 states
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2017 8:45 AM CDT
Updated Jun 4, 2017 6:37 AM CDT
Spellings of 2 Words Seem to Vex Americans the Most
A screen shot of the map.   (Twitter)

Google is out with some strange findings about spelling as a tribute to the Scripps National Spelling Bee that runs this week. It tweeted a map with a state-by-state breakdown on which words residents looked up the most in a "how to spell" search. One of the oddest results is in Wisconsin, where people looked up, yes, "Wisconsin" the most. Some other nuggets:

  • Beautiful: This was the most vexing word in five states—California, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, and Ohio.
  • Pneumonia: This tripped up people in four states—Alabama, Maine, Michigan, and Washington.

  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: West Virginia and Connecticut struggle with this fake Mary Poppins word.
  • Banana: New Mexico
  • Gray: Georgia
  • Chihuahua: Arkansas and South Carolina
  • College: South Dakota
  • Hallelujah: Delaware and Indiana
  • Liar: Rhode Island
  • People: Hawaii
See all the states here. And, no, "covfefe" didn't turn up. (Read more spelling stories.)

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