No matter how old you are, chances are there are some words that still trip you up.
In honour of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes place this week, Google rounded up the most misspelled word in every US state, determined by the top searches made in 2017 that are related to “how to spell.”
Turns out that a surprising number of people are searching for the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But the word that takes the cake for most misspelled is beautiful.
Keep scrolling to see the word in your state that people have the most trouble spelling.
It can be easy to leave out the “o” in there.
That last “a” sounds like it could be an “e.”
This word is tough for a lot of states.
The three back-to-back vowels get people.
Jim Carrey gave a helpful phonetic spelling of beautiful in “Bruce Almighty.”
It’s spelled the same way as the verb, “to resume.”
Make sure you don’t misspell this one on a cover letter.
Does the “c” come first or does the “s?”
District of Columbia: Permanent
It can be easy to switch up the “e’s” and the “a.”
FLORIDA: Hors d’oeuvre
It’s a French word. Enough said.
Yes, this is a real word, and it means “Extraordinarily good; wonderful.”
No, it’s not spelled like the word “great.”
So many “s’.”
Is it double “c” or double “u?”
That last “c” sounds like it could be an “s.”
Just spell “definite” and then add “ly.”
It might seem like there’s an “e” after the “v,” but that’s not the case.
It’s really easy to miss that “c” in the middle.
Is it two “l’s” or just one?
This is one you just need to memorise.
According to Merriam Webster, the earliest known written mention of a variant of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious appeared in a column published in The Syracuse Daily Orange, Syracuse University’s campus publication, in 1931.
It’s hard to remember if it’s an “e” or an “a.”
If you think it’s just one “r,” you’re not alone.
It sounds like that last “a” could be an “e,” but it’s not.
Words ending in “ly” are always tough.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Subtle
The “b” is silent.
NEW JERSEY: Resume
NEW MEXICO: Permanently
NEW YORK: Resume
NORTH CAROLINA: Beautiful
NORTH DAKOTA: Yacht
It doesn’t seem like the “ch” belongs in this word.
Source: Oxford Dictionaries
RHODE ISLAND: Dying
This one is weird to write thanks to the “y”.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Beginning
It’s hard to remember where the double “n” comes in.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Chaos
This one is short, but it can be tricky.
The “ch” is unexpected.
It’s hard to sound out “tion.”
WEST VIRGINIA: Apparel
You might forget a “p.”
This one is another French word. And remember, a female fiancée has two e’s.
- Read more:
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