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Each states most commonly misspelled word

Hey Google, how do you spell...words?

Spelling is hard, even for the most articulate. How many “S”s are in Mississippi? Is it “there,” “their,” or “they’re”? What does “I” before “E” except after “C” even mean? Even some of the most commonly used words can make us break our pencil or keyboard as we stumble over our letters. While the internet is full of answers to some of life’s most important questions, we’ve been asking Google to help us spell words that are both simple in some respects and complicated in others. Whether we’re getting our resume together for our next job opportunity or writing a letter to our best friends, proper spelling is essential when we want to be taken seriously.

We at AT&T Experts reviewed the top searched "how to spell" words by state from March 24, 2020 to March 24, 2021 using Google Trends. After diving into these numbers, we see each state has its own spelling struggles, though there is some commonality across the US. And while some of these entries may surprise you, others definitly definitely will not.

Each state's most commonly misspelled words

Each states most commonly misspelled word map

How DO you spell the most misspelled words in America?

It makes sense that at the height of a global pandemic, "quarantine" and "coronavirus" were in the top three of most searched misspelled words. But while those seem like no-brainers, common words like "every" and "which" still broke into the top 10 as well. Let's take a deeper look at some of these common spelling mistakes.

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Number of states

Correct spelling

Most common misspelling

How to spell quarantine

12

quarantine

corn teen

How to spell favorite

7

favorite

favourite

How to spell coronavirus

6

coronavirus

Caronavirus

How to spell which

5

which

wich, witch

How to spell every

3

every

evary

How to spell believe

3

believe

beleive

How to spell definitely

3

definitely

definitly, definately, defiantly

How to spell separate

2

separate

seperate

How to spell eighty

1

eighty

eigty

How to spell receive

1

receive

recieve

How to spell government

1

government

goverment

How to spell pharaoh

1

pharaoh

paraoh, pharoh

How to spell piece

1

piece

peace

How to spell multiplication

1

multiplication

multiplycation

How to spell watch

1

watch

whatch

How to spell exercise

1

exercise

excersice

How to spell confident

1

confident

confidant

How to spell succeed

1

succeed

suceed

Interesting finds

  • "Quarantine" was the most searched misspelled word, with 12 states struggling to find the correct spelling. No, “corn teen” is not a new nickname for a teenager really into the yellow vegetable. "Coronavirus" also broke into the top three with six states trying to find the correct letters for the contagious disease.

  • We hope the people overseas don’t get mad at us, but “favorite” was searched multiple times by many people across 7 states. A common misspelling in the United States is actually the correct spelling in the UK. We see “U” over there.

  • The following words might hit too close to home. Common words like "which," "every," and "believe" all seem to have given us some struggles over our lifetimes. Together, they accounted for 11 states searching how to spell these words the most.

  • Residents of Washington, DC were trying to find spelling success but couldn't quite figure out how many C's were in "succeed."

  • Some other notable top searched misspelled words in states included “receive” (Arkansas), “watch” (Maine), and “piece” (Idaho).

The most misspelled words by state

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State

"How to spell..."

Alabama

How to spell which

Alaska

How to spell eighty

Arizona

How to spell which

Arkansas

How to spell receive

California

How to spell separate

Colorado

How to spell quarantine

Connecticut

How to spell quarantine

Delaware

How to spell government

District of Columbia

How to spell succeed

Florida

How to spell pharaoh

Georgia

How to spell favorite

Hawaii

How to spell every

Idaho

How to spell piece

Illinois

How to spell coronavirus

Indiana

How to spell quarantine

Iowa

How to spell favorite

Kansas

How to spell multiplication

Kentucky

How to spell favorite

Louisiana

How to spell which

Maine

How to spell watch

Maryland

How to spell favorite

Massachusetts

How to spell quarantine

Michigan

How to spell coronavirus

Minnesota

How to spell quarantine

Mississippi

How to spell every

Missouri

How to spell quarantine

Montana

How to spell every

Nebraska

How to spell believe

Nevada

How to spell quarantine

New Hampshire

How to spell definitely

New Jersey

How to spell coronavirus

New Mexico

How to spell favorite

New York

How to spell definitely

North Carolina

How to spell exercise

North Dakota

How to spell believe

Ohio

How to spell favorite

Oklahoma

How to spell which

Oregon

How to spell quarantine

Pennsylvania

How to spell coronavirus

Rhode Island

How to spell separate

South Carolina

How to spell which

South Dakota

How to spell believe

Tennessee

How to spell quarantine

Texas

How to spell confident

Utah

How to spell definitely

Vermont

How to spell coronavirus

Virginia

How to spell favorite

Washington

How to spell quarantine

West Virginia

How to spell coronavirus

Wisconsin

How to spell quarantine

Wyoming

How to spell quarantine

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