America’s worst spellers: Here are the most misspelled words in the US, according to Google

While America’s best spellers were busy testing their knowledge with words like “gesellschaft,” “groenedael,” “zindiq” and “euchologion” Thursday night, some of the nation’s worst spellers were being shamed on social media.

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Capitalizing on the excitement from the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google Trends put together an infographic showing America’s top spelling mistakes in each state, based on data complied by Google Searches starting with the phrase “How to spell” and the word in question. And it turns out some of the simplest words are the hardest to spell for the average Google user.

For example, “desert,” “cancelled” and “vacuum” were some of the most commonly misspelled words across all 50 states.

“Ornery” was the most common word used in Wyoming and not one but two states — Utah and Arkansas — were keen on learning how to spell “leprechaun.”

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Ironically, Googlers in Alaska seemed to have trouble spelling “Hawaii.” And poor Massachusetts couldn’t even master the spelling of its own name (though, to their credit, it is a notoriously difficult word).

Some of the stranger search results included “boutineer,” “tongue” and “broccoli.”

As for the country’s better spellers, the National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions. Thirteen-year-old Jairam is the younger brother of the 2014 co-champion, Sriram Hathwar. Nihar, at age 11, is the youngest winner of the bee on record.

Jairam’s winning word was Feldenkrais, which is derived from a trademark and means a system of body movements intended to ease tension. Niram won with gesellschaft, which means a mechanistic type of social relationship.

Among the words they got right: Kjeldahl, Hohenzollern, juamave, groenedael, zindiq and euchologion.

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That’s enough to make anyone want to go study the dictionary.

And, remember, Google knows all of your embarrassing spelling tweets.

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