It’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals this week and that also means that Google releases their annual “America’s Most Misspelled Words” list. These commonly misspelled words give you a chance to see how your spelling compares to the rest of this great country and to see which states’ school systems are failing their constituents. In the 2018 edition of most misspelled words, the toughest word for America to spell was “beautiful,” which was #1 in 11 states.
The second-most misspelled word is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” which isn’t even fair. The overly lengthy word was only made popular in the 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins and six states struggled to spell it correctly including Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas. Another state that gets a raw deal is Florida because their troublesome word is “hors d’oeuvres.” That’s a French word. This is bullshit. Nobody is holding a state responsible for not being able to spell “stracciatella,” because it’s an Italian word.
North Dakota and South Dakota have a tough time spelling 5-letter words. North Dakota can’t spell “yacht,” which could be the trickiest 5-letter word so they get a pass. Meanwhile, South Dakota fails to spell “chaos” correctly the most. But, that’s probably an improvement from last year’s list when they ironically couldn’t spell the word “college.” Be better South Dakota.
Louisiana can’t spell “favorite,” while Hawaii can’t spell “grateful.” Alabama’s most misspelled word is… “cousin.”
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Here is the most misspelled word in each U.S. state (plus Washington, D.C.):
Florida: hors d’oeuvres
New Hampshire: subtle
New Jersey: resume
New Mexico: permanently
New York: resume
North Carolina: beautiful
North Dakota: yacht
Rhode Island: dying
South Carolina: beginning
South Dakota: chaos
Washington, D.C.: permanent
West Virginia: apparel