The Hardest Word To Spell In Wisconsin Is ‘Wisconsin’

The Hardest Word To Spell In Wisconsin Is ‘Wisconsin’

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 ‘diarrhoea’?”

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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 things, sometimes.

In honour of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US this week, Google Trends put together this graphic showing each US 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 (it’s “grey” in Australia).

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” (“diarrhoea” in Australia) 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).

Alabama: Pneumonia

Alaska: Schedule

Arizona: Tomorrow

Arkansas: Chihuahua

California: Beautiful

Colorado: Tomorrow

Connecticut: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Delaware: Hallelujah

Washington, DC: Ninety

Florida: Receipt

Georgia: Gray

Hawaii: People

Idaho: Quote

Illinois: Pneumonia

Indiana: Hallelujah

Iowa: Vacuum

Kansas: Diamond

Kentucky: Beautiful

Louisiana: Giraffe

Maine: Pneumonia

Maryland: Special

Massachusetts: License

Michigan: Pneumonia

Minnesota: Beautiful

Mississippi: Nanny

Missouri: Maintenance

Montana: Surprise

Nebraska: Suspicious

Nevada: Available

New Hampshire: Difficult

New Jersey: Twelve

New Mexico: Bananas

New York: Beautiful

North Carolina: Angel

North Dakota: Dilemma

Ohio: Beautiful

Oklahoma: Patient

Oregon: Sense

Pennsylvania: Sauerkraut

Rhode Island: Liar

South Carolina: Chihuahua

South Dakota: College

Tennessee: Chaos

Texas: Maintenance

Utah: Disease

Vermont: Europe

Virginia: Delicious

Washington: Pneumonia

West Virginia: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Wisconsin: Wisconsin

Wyoming: Priority

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