Can you Spell the Most Misspelled Word in Your State?

The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended and in typical Google fashion, they came up with a unique way to honor the annual event. They created a list of the most misspelled words in the United States by state. Since Google obviously has access to search data by state, they took the liberty to compile a list based on top searched “how to spell” words by state in 2017. The data is from Jan. 1 through April 30, so the results only showed each state’s most misspelled word for a short period in time and is obviously unscientific, but it is an interesting glimpse into each state!

us map of misspelled words

At least the word for my state, TN, is a little tricky. How about your state?

People in Georgia had a difficult time spelling “gray,” but the residents of Wisconsin can’t spell their own state! The most commonly misspelled word across the most states is “beautiful.”

I’m pretty sure I personally would not get all of these correct either! Maybe this will be our spelling list for next week! 🙂

Alabama: pneumonia
Alaska: schedule
Arizona: tomorrow
Arkansas: chihuahua
California: beautiful
Colorado: tomorrow
Connecticut: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Delaware: hallelujah
Washington: 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: tomorrow
Wyoming: priority

About the author


Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 20 years and they have three sons (ages 17, 16 and 14). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. They also own a small business that Trish runs from home. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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