90% Of Americans Spell These Words Wrong. What About You?


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Each year Google releases a map of the most misspelled words in America, which shows the top-searched “how to spell” words by state.

Below are the 40 words from that map. All you have to do is say whether they’re spelled right or wrong.

  1. The top spelling search in: Alabama

    The correct spelling is “niece.”

  2. The top spelling search in: Alaska

    The correct spelling is “preferred.”

  3. The top spelling search in: Arizona and New Mexico (patience)

  4. The top spelling search in: Arkansas

  5. The top spelling search in: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia

    The correct spelling is “beautiful.”

  6. The top spelling search in: Colorado and Ohio

  7. The top spelling search in: Connecticut

    The correct US spelling is “neighbor.”

  8. The top spelling search in: Delaware

    The correct spelling is “veterinarian.”

  9. The top spelling search in: Washington, DC

  10. The top spelling search in: Hawaii

  11. The top spelling search in: Idaho

    The correct spelling is “embarrassed.”

  12. The top spelling search in: Indiana

    The correct spelling is “activities.”

  13. The top spelling search in: Iowa

  14. The top spelling search in: Kansas

    The correct spelling is “committee.”

  15. The top spelling search in: Kentucky

    The correct spelling is “ninety.”

  16. The top spelling search in: Louisiana

    The correct spelling is “indict.”

  17. The top spelling search in: Maine

  18. The top spelling search in: Maryland

  19. Grey
    (hint: UK spelling is acceptable)

    The top spelling search in: Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington

    “Gray” is the preferred US spelling, but “grey” is also acceptable.

  20. The top spelling search in: Michigan

  21. The top spelling search in: Minnesota

    The correct spelling is “especially.”

  22. The top spelling search in: Mississippi

  23. The top spelling search in: Missouri

    The correct spelling is “definitely.”

  24. The top spelling search in: Montana

  25. The top spelling search in: Nebraska

    The correct spelling is “delicious.”

  26. The top spelling search in: Nevada

    The correct spelling is “appreciate.”

  27. The top spelling search in: New Hampshire

    The correct spelling is “recess.”

  28. The top spelling search in: New York

  29. The top spelling search in: North Dakota

    The correct spelling is “independence.”

  30. The top spelling search in: Oklahoma

  31. The top spelling search in: Oregon

    The correct spelling is “phenomenal.”

  32. The top spelling search in: Pennsylvania

  33. The top spelling search in: Rhode Island

  34. The top spelling search in: South Dakota

    The correct spelling is “jewelry.”

  35. The top spelling search in: Tennessee

    The correct spelling is “intelligent.”

  36. The top spelling search in: Utah

  37. The top spelling search in: Vermont

    The correct spelling is “benefit.”

  38. The top spelling search in: West Virginia

  39. The top spelling search in: Wisconsin

  40. The top spelling search in: Wyoming


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