We’ve all been there: violently ill with elbows on your knees and pants around your ankles, vigorously tapping on a phone screen looking for any advice to alleviate the symptoms. Then suddenly you ask yourself, “How the hell do I spell ‘diarrhea?’”
That is, if you’re in New Hampshire. Maybe it’s “pneumonia” in Maine. Or “bananas” in New Mexico. We all need to know how to spell stuff, sometimes.
In honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, Google Trends put together this graphic showing each state’s “most misspelled word,” based on searches for “how to spell x” in 2017:
A few interesting things here. Georgia wants to know how to spell “gray,” according to the map, but that’s perfectly reasonable. “Grey” is also an accepted though less common spelling, according to Merriam-Webster.
What else? Wisconsinites aren’t sure about how to spell their own state, which is very, very sad. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a nonsense word by definition, why are so many people looking for it? And I’m so sorry to everyone in New Hampshire who thought that knowing the spelling of diarrhea was more important than just Googling the misspelled version to find a cure.
But don’t feel too guilty, because Google Trends couldn’t even spell everything right on its original graphic (though the account has since posted a correction).
Anyway, here’s the full list (copied from USA Today to save time). Hope you enjoy watching the spelling bee.
Washington, DC: ninety
New Hampshire: difficult
New Jersey: twelve
New Mexico: bananas
New York: beautiful
North Carolina: angel
North Dakota: dilemma
Rhode Island: liar
South Carolina: chihuahua
South Dakota: college
West Virginia: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
[Twitter via USA Today]