This week kicks off the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. so in honor, Google took a look at their trends to find out what word each state most commonly misspells.

What is that word for you? Because for me it's always embarrased (as you can see I just spelled it wrong). If it weren't for auto correct I would never remember to put the extra 's' to get embarrassed. Looking at the results, it seems as if I'm the only one who has difficulty with that word.

So to get to their conclusions, ABC News says that Google analyzed "how to spell" searches along with the word. With this, they found the most common misspelled word in each state and posted the map on their Twitter page.

Google Trends

You would think after Gwen Stefani's song "Hollaback Girl" everyone would know how to spell 'banana' by now. But the people in New Mexico are still struggling with that one. For some reason 'beautiful' also seems to be a problem as it is the most commonly misspelled word in five states (California, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Ohio). Also referencing pop culture, an easy way to remember that word is B-E-A-UTIFUL as Jim Carey did it in the movie Bruce Almighty.

And a big shout out to Mississippi because they at least know how to spell their own state... unlike Wisconsin. Their brains must be made of cheese!

So what about us Michiganders? If you forget that there's a 'p' in 'Pneumonia,' you're not alone. It is the most misspelled word in the mitten state [plus Alabama, Illinois, Maine and Washington].


Let's just hope these people who can't spell pneumonia right don't actually to have treat it *cough cough* ;)

Out of all the misspelled words, though, the one that sticks out the most is not only causing trouble for Connecticut and West Virginia but myself, too! That word is: 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.' It was made popular in the movie Mary Poppins, but really, how often are we saying that word let alone spelling it?! It looks like someone started to type something and then just gave up and hit a bunch of keys - ejfghweuifghw - like that.

What word do you have the most trouble spelling? You can test your spelling skills here.

Side note: 11 students from Michigan will be competing and one of them is a local! 13-year-old Aashray Mandala from Grand Haven will be one of the spellers to take the stage.

If you want to cheer them on, the schedule for the Scripps National Spelling Bee will be:

  • Preliminaries - Wednesday, 5/31 8 a.m. to 12:15p (ESPN3)
  • Finals - Thursday, 6/1
    - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
    - 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)