As hundreds of children around the country prepare to spell their hearts out in spelling bees, we’re reminded of our own spelling questions and mishaps.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is back this year after it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is holding contests throughout this month. Virtual preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal competitions began June 12. The top 10 to 12 spellers will compete in an in-person final on July 8.
Google Trends recently released its top spelling searches in the U.S., under the query “how do you spell…” in 2021, with states looking up words ranging from four letters to 11-plus letters.
In Ohio, “dessert” was the most commonly searched word.
Indiana looked up “friend” the most.
And Kentucky most commonly searched how to spell “color.”
Tennessee searched the shortest word at just four letters — “gray”—and only two states searched words that were 11 or more letters: Nebraska searching how to spell “miscellaneous” and Kansas searching how to spell “prescription.”
Seven states had the top search of how to spell “beautiful”: California, Oregon, Nevada, North Dakota, Illinois, New York and New Jersey.
Colorado’s most searched word was simple. People really wanted to learn how to spell “Colorado.”