The Food Words Americans Can’t Spell, According to Google

published Jun 2, 2017
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When you don’t know how to spell a word, one of the fastest ways to verify the spelling is to hit up Google for a quick search. Now, Google is using your search data to reveal what words Americans are struggling to spell — just in time for National Spelling Bee week.

Google shared America’s most misspelled words on Twitter with a color map showing what residents of each state struggle with the most. Ironically, the map misspelled the word “ninety” with “nintey.”

The list is compiled based on the top searched “how to spell” words from January 1, 2017, to April 30, 2017, so it’s an evolving and changing list. It is organized by how many letters are misspelled in each word.

There are some interesting errors, like states who struggle to spell beautiful, liar, and twelve. Or Wisconsin, whose residents had issues spelling the name of their own state. Others are understandable, like Connecticut and West Virginia who searched the spelling for supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins. (The real question is why?)

There were even some pertaining to food, as you can see on the map. Virginia struggles to spell delicious, Pennsylvania’s is sauerkraut, and New Mexico’s is banana.