The National Spelling Bee is currently underway. In order to celebrate its 90th year, Google Trends has released a map showing every state's most commonly misspelled words using data generated from US searches between January 1st and April 30th.
There is some pretty interesting stuff in there. For example, people in Louisiana have a hard time spelling "giraffe," which makes me think there are so many giraffes in Louisiana that people are constantly Googling them, but not enough for people to know how to spell it.
People in New Hampshire can't spell "diarrhea," which is upsetting on a couple of levels.
Wisconsinites don't know how to spell their own state, which is surprising since Wisconsin is probably one of the easier ones to spell. I mean, you don't see Massachusetts having this problem. They're too busy trying to figure out how to spell "license."
Interestingly, the most commonly misspelled word across the most states is "beautiful." I know there are a lot of vowels in there, but at least it is spelled like how it sounds. It isn't like "pneumonia," which was another one that northern states really seemed to struggle with.
Of course, this is just what stuck out to me. Other people had their own takeaways.
When spelling banana, literally just sing hollaback girl to yourself.— Sharpshooter (@whitney_rowell) May 30, 2017
WV actually comes out looking ok. This is rare in state by state comparisons.— John Barrett (@Crazy_Catholic) May 30, 2017
In No Carolina, every time a bell rings, another angle gets obtuse— Jon Stall (@JonStall2009) May 30, 2017
So what's the real lesson here? We would all do terribly at a spelling bee.
[h/t Huffington Post]