Google Trends, possessor of all the revealing and embarrassing data on human Internet behavior, is back with evidence that the American education system is still in tatters. The infographic shows the top searches for "how to spell ____" in each state so far this year (continue scrolling for easier-to-read excerpts).
Sure, not all of us can be spelling bee champions, but damn...the good people of Massachusetts should really learn how to spell the name of the place where they live.
A few insights:
- "Cancelled" and "desert" give Americans the most trouble, with both words appearing as the top search result in four states each.
- Hawaii should be worried by how often Alaskans are apparently googling their home (maybe they're all trying to move there).
- For some reason, leprechauns are frequent topics of inquiry in Arkansas and Utah.
- Best words that made the chart: diarrhea, banana, croissant, giraffe.
Here's how Twitter reacted.
Judge all you want but no one in the history of the United States has spelled Massachusetts right on the first try.
Orthography is only for the cold-blooded anyway.