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We forget how to spell certain words, Google Trends has revealed the top-trending “how to spell” search in all 50 states.

A few easy words we struggle with include “sugar,” “quarter,” “science,” “daughter.”  Nevada? Well Nevada has a real problem – with the word “problem!Really, silver state?

Pretty sure you probably won’t see any of THESE words pop up at the Scripps spelling bee, but these are the words that each state can’t remember how to spell, so they googled it.  They came up with them by looking at searches for “How to spell [BLANK].”

I suppose a few of them are kind of tough.  For example:  “Shenanigans” in Michigan, “miscellaneous” in New Mexico, “embarrassed” in Kentucky, “kindergarten” in Minnesota, and “professional” in Wyoming . (Google, how do you spell AAAUGHHH?)

There are a lot of others are words it seems we SHOULD be able to spell.  We won’t list all 50, but here are the highlights . . .

1.  People in Kansas can’t remember how to spell “Tennessee”.  Other nine-letter words we struggle with include “beautiful,” “efficient,” and “etiquette.”

2.  Seven- and eight-letter words dominate the map.  North Carolina can’t spell “awesome,”  Missouri can’t spell “February,” Iowa can’t spell “Thursday” – really, Iowa?? Arkansas and Illinois can’t spell “tomorrow.” My head kind of hurts at this point, but we’ll go on – 

Alabama can’t spell “daughter – which is surprising on many levels (maybe just me…), North Dakota can’t spell “science,”  New York can’t spell “quarter,” Texas can’t spell “pyramid,” Idaho can’t spell “sentence,

3.  16 states struggle with five- and six-letter words.  Delaware can’t spell the word “those” (help me understand, Delaware…), Utah can’t spell “chose,”  Tennessee can’t spell “sugar,”  Georgia can’t spell “queen,”  people in Pennsylvania can’t spell “people” . . . and “how to spell GEORGE” is the top-trending search in Arizona.  (???)

4.  And finally, two states struggle with four-letter words.  Colorado can’t remember how to spell “ally.”  And Mississippi keeps googling “how to spell gray.”  (G-R-A-Y is more common in the U.S.  G-R-E-Y is how they do it in the U.K.)

Google, and the internet in general, have made life so much simpler for us all. Now go learn how to spell THURSDAY, Iowa!

Here are a few more words you be googling.


  • Phlegm

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  • Fuhgeddaboudit

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  • McConaughey

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  • Hors d'oeuvres

    Googled misspelled words

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  • The Weeknd

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  • Misspell

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  • Incorrectly (just sayin...)

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