Which word regularly stumps you when it comes to spelling? In honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, GoogleTrends has released its “how to spell” searches for 2018, and it’s organized by state!
As it turns out, the word that trips Coloradans up the most is the word résumé. According to GoogleTrends‘ 2018 report, Colorado residents searched the spelling of the word résumé more than they searched any other word. (Those accent marks are particularly tricky every time!)
Two other states also found “résumé” to be difficult: New York and New Jersey.
The top misspelled word in the U.S. was “beautiful” (11 states), followed by “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (Mary Poppins fans in 6 states), “résumé” (3 states), and “sincerely,” “canceled,” and “schedule” (2 states apiece).
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) May 29, 2018
Other misspelled words of interest include “nocturnal” (our sleep-deprived peeps in Nebraska), “yacht” (in land-locked North Dakota), “Hors d’oeuvres” (fancy-schmancy Florida), and “dying” (in Rhode Island — should we be concerned?). The sweet people in Hawaii wanted to know how to spell “grateful” (PSA to the whole world: It’s not “greatful”).
So, back to Colorado … What does it say about us that we’re so anxious to get the spelling of résumé correct? Are we collectively unhappy with our current employment? On the hunt for better jobs? Seeking to better ourselves? Wanting to put our best foot forward by making sure we spell everything correctly?
I’ve got to say: as a spelling nerd, it just makes me happy that Coloradans care!
View the full state-by-state list of misspelled words below:
Washington, D.C.: Permanent
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
West Virginia: Apparel
What word gets you every time? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!