The Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway this week, and while viewers play along at home, they may want to bone up on certain words based on their location.
Be honest: What’s the last word you Googled how to spell while shielding your phone from judgmental eyes?
Relax — you’re not alone. In a world where autocorrect has effectively eliminated our need to spell-check ourselves, Americans across the nation are misspelling everything from “resume” (we see you, New Yorkers) to “permanent” and a lot of words in between that might make you cringe (in solidarity or in horror).
In honor of this week’s 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, in which over 500 students from across the country will compete from May 29 to May 31, Google has compiled a list based on the top searches related to “how to spell” over the last year, reminding us that we are not always, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader.
One word made minds explode in 11 states: “beautiful.”
Here’s a list of the most misspelled words by state this year, according to Google Trends:
Washington, D.C.: Permanent
Florida: Hors d’oeuvre
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