Guess what word Texans can’t spell

Well this is just S-A-D. The youngest Scripps National Spelling Bee winner is from Texas, but the rest of the state apparently can’t spell the word “niece.”

Google just released a study that pulled search trend data to find which words each state had the hardest time spelling. Texas was the only state that had trouble spelling the noun that defines the name of the daughter of one’s brother or sister, or of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

Google Trends

Using queries beginning with “how to spell” and then typing in the word in question, Google trend’s search engine was able to figure out each state’s biggest misspelling.

Some were understandable, like Utah and Arkansas’ trouble with “leprechaun.”

Others were a bit troublesome, like Alaska’s inability to spell “Hawaii,” or Massachusetts residents’ inability to spell their own state name correctly.

Check out the full list and methodology behind the map here.

Author: Jake Harris

Social Content Producer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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