MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – While Minnesotans often boast about the beauty of our lake-dappled state, we apparently have trouble spelling the word “beautiful.”

On Tuesday, Google tweeted “America’s Most Misspelled Words” in honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with state-by-state data on the top “how to spell” searches of 2017.

For the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the trickiest word was “beautiful,” one that also proved difficult for Ohioans, Kentuckians, New Yorkers and Californians.

The nine-letter word, of Middle English origin, appears to be one of the hardest — if the not the hardest — words for Americans to remember how to spell.

Meanwhile, our neighbors in Wisconsin can’t seem to remember how to spell “Wisconsin.” And in South Dakota, “college” is an issue.

Words that appear repeatedly in Google’s findings are “pneumonia” (four states), “tomorrow” (two states), “hallelujah” (2 states), and “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (2 states).

Some unique word/state pairings are: “people” (Hawaii), “liar” (Rhode Island); and “schedule” (Alaska).

  1. Masha Bell says:

    All the most misspelled words have irregular or unpredictable spellings and have to be learned word by word: dutiful – beautiful; column – knowledge – college; nuisance – pneumonia; steeple – people; sceptic/skeptic – shed – schedule. The necessary rote-learning makes ‘correct’ writing difficult for most people. (U can see all common words with tricky spellings on the EnglishSpellingProblems blog.)

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