Hey Budweiser, can you truly call yourself the ‘King of Beers’ when a reported 40% of Americans cannot even spell your name correctly?
MarketWatch is reporting based on over 100,000 recent app postings in the Bartrendr app (think Yelp/Foursquare for beer), 40% of Americans cannot spell Budweiser correctly, and 90% of Americans cannot correctly spell Jägermeister (though the latter isn’t that surprising, Jägermeister is a beotch to spell).
Americans may love bellying up to the bar, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. But they’re often clueless when it comes to spelling the names of their favorite alcoholic beverages.
That’s the word from Bartrendr, an app that lets users share information about their favorite watering holes. The app’s technical team tracked some 100,000 recent postings and found a plethora of misspellings, even with names that would be seemingly easy to get right.
Among the brands most commonly mangled: Jägermeister (it was spelled incorrectly 90% of the time), Budweiser (42%), Jameson (23%), Hennessy (15%) and Jack Daniel’s (6%).
The Batrendr team did not consider accent marks when judging spelling, so the mistakes with Jägermeister had nothing to do with the umlaut. If anything, the mistakes were likely related to the fact that although the German spirit is spelled with a “j,” it’s pronounced as if it begins with a “y” (“Yay-ger-mice-ster”), as per the German language.
And if you’re wondering how Americans managed to misspell the fourth most-popular beer brand in the country, that’s because they often referred to it as “Budwiser,” according to Bartrendr.
And by the way, that headline is intentionally misspelled to poke fun at nobody being able to spell Budweiser. I’m saddened that I have to even explain that to anyone, but after several people already reached out with ‘king’ is misspelled or ‘you can’t spell beer either’ I feel the need to explain this to everyone.
I’m calling shenanigans on there being a single 21-year-old in the nation spelling Jager as: Yay-ger-mice-ster. Even though it’s not phonetically a ‘J’ in the English language, everyone has seen it written before. If you’re drinking Jager then you’ve seen a bottle of Jager and know that it’s a J. Like I said: shenanigans.
As for the 40% of our population that cannot spell Budweiser, I just cannot fathom that. They’re claiming that the common misspelling is ‘Bud-wiser’ in stead of ‘Bud-weis-er’, which makes me think Bud needs to bring back the frogs. If more people remembered that the ‘wise’ and ‘er’ were separated than they’d likely remember how to get the fucking spelling of Budweiser correct, right?!
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