On the eve of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google Trends revealed the most misspelled words in each state according to “how to spell” Google searches.
Utah’s most misspelled word? Disease.
Utah falls into the same word length category as the majority of states falling in the 6 to 10 letters category. There are only two states that are in the 11 to 19 letters category (Texas and Missouri struggle spelling “maintenance”) and two states made it to the 20+ letters category (West Virginia and Connecticut struggle to spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”).
There are 291 children participating in the the Scripps National Spelling Bee, including three Utah residents: 13-year-old Melinda Buhlman from Heber, Utah; 14-year-old Matthew Delis from Sandy, Utah; and 12-year-old Garrett Bryner from Price, Utah. A Utah resident has never won the Scripp National Spelling Bee in the 90 years of the competition.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee begins on March 31 with the preliminaries, which will be broadcast on ESPN3. The finals will be broadcast on Thursday, June 1 on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. ET and on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET.