Google Reveals America's Spelling Problems

Posted: May 27 2016, 10:06am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Google Reveals America's Spelling Problems
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Can you spell your own state's name? Some people can't!

In order to celebrate the end of the Scripps' National Spelling Bee, Google has released an amusing map to show which words most Americans struggle to spell. The search engine took every query that asked "how to spell [insert word here]" and combined them onto a map, which you can see above. In a surprise twist, the problem that most people have isn't with words that are strange but rather words that are spelled nearly identical to another word - like desert and dessert. In order to remember that one without Googling it, you just have to remember that you always want more dessert, so that is the one with more letters!

Another problem word is cancelled, which can be tricky. 

Some of the other terms that people have problems with include neighbor, vacuum, pneumonia, diarrhea, sergeant, convenience, tomorrow, cousin, beautiful, niece, February, giraffe, banana, possible, definitely, appreciate, courtesy, and tongue.

If you look at Utah and Arkansas, you might find something pretty hilarious: they are preoccupied with Leprechauns. Is it because of myths that permeate through the culture there or because there is a large Irish population? Another funny section is that the number one work people in Massachusetts don't know how to spell is Massachusetts - you'd think that would be easy for people who have spelled it for their entire lives.

Another state had a similar problem - Hawaii.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/46" rel="author">Noel Diem</a>
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