Wisconsinites, your word is "embarrassing."
The National Spelling Bee is currently underway, so Google Trends, the Twitter account featuring the official data and visualizations from the company, assembled a map of each U.S. state's most misspelled word – as determined by the word that's most searched with "how to spell."
The results are fun until you reach Wesconsin Wiskonsen our home state.
Low blow, Google! Well I guess I'm just going to use Bing from now on.
As for the other states, most fared at least a little better. "Pneumonia" was one of the most commonly misspelled words, with four states – Washington, Maine, Michigan and Alabama – having to hit the search bar to figure it out. "Beautiful" also sent four states into a tizzy – Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky and New York – which tells me a lot of people in those states haven't seen "Bruce Almighty."
Meanwhile, Vermont has trouble with diarrhea – the word, and, if you're Googling it that much, probably the ailment, too.
West Virginia and Connecticut were showoffs with the longest misspelled words, both with "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as their biggest spelling speed bump, while seven states – Oregon, Idaho, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Rhode Island – had their primary struggles with words that aren't even five letters long.
In Georgia and Rhode Island's case, their words have less letters than the average person has fingers on a hand – though in fairness, Georgia's "gray" can easily be misspelled with an E, and I can see Rhode Island's confusion in whether an A or an E for "liar." It's certainly more understandable than New Mexico's "banana," which sounds just like it's spelled.
And it's certainly more understandable than Wisconsin not being able to spell ... itself. Maybe if we could have it used in a sentence, such as "That sound you just heard was the entire state of Wisconsin facepalming."
But hey, I bet none of those other states can spell Ashwaubenon or Potawatomi – and we sure as hell know they can't pronounce them.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.