The Top Words We Have to Google to Spell Include “Beautiful,” “Friend,” and “Because”

Google Trends posted a map of the #1 word each state has to google, because people aren’t sure how to spell it.  And most of them are fairly short words.

1.  Tennessee is the only state with a FOUR-letter word at #1, and that word is “gray.”  G-R-A-Y is more common in the U.S., while other countries spell it G-R-E-Y.

2.  Five states struggle with five-letter words:  Wisconsin can’t spell “quiet”, Kentucky has trouble with the word “color”, Hawaii can’t spell “bagel”, South Dakota can’t spell “equal”, and North Carolina doesn’t know which way to spell “donut.”

3.  Six-letter words are #1 in seven states:  “Friend” in Arizona and Indiana, “assist” in Utah, “hungry” in New Mexico, “cousin” in Pennsylvania, “career” in Delaware, and the slang term “bougie” in Connecticut.  (Pronounced BOOJ-ee.)

4.  The top seven or eight-letter words we struggle with include:  “Because”, “dessert”, “favorite”, “tomorrow”, “question”, “teacher”, “supplies”, “nemesis”, and “anxious.”

5.  “Beautiful” is the most common BIG word we can’t spell, if nine letters is big.  It’s #1 in California, Nevada, Oregon, North Dakota, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey.

6.  And here’s our favorite stat:  The #1 word people in Colorado have to google to spell right is “COLORADO.”  And the top word in Alabama is “Georgia.”

(Here’s a map of all 50 states.)


(Google Trends)