New Hampshire Can't Spell Diarrhea, and Other Spelling Insights Via Google

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Parents photograph their children before the start of the second round at the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland May 27, 2015. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

It seems like the good folks of New Hampshire might be in need of some Pepto Bismol.

Ahead of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee that starts this week—an event that has improbably become a highly viewed television event—Google Trends on Tuesday put out a map displaying the word people in each state have the most trouble spelling. (The map shows the word most often accompanying the phrase "How to spell" in a Google search.)

New Hampshire's word was diarrhea, which, to be fair, isn't the simplest of words to get right. That's probably not as bad as, say, people in Wisconsin, who apparently have trouble spelling the word "Wisconsin." People in Mississippi, notoriously one of the tougher state names to spell, apparently have their state's spelling down, but struggle with the word "nanny."

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Five states—California, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio and New York—apparently often Google search: "How to spell beautiful." Four states—Washington, Alabama, Maine and Michigan—looked up the spelling of pneumonia most often, according to the Google Trends map. This writer's home state of Delaware struggled with "hallelujah." 

Some other insights via Google: South Dakota often looks up the spelling of "college"; New Jersey apparently struggles with "twelve"; South Carolina needed help with "chihuahua" while New Mexico needed a hand with "banana"; and Massachusetts and West Virginia, for some reason, often look up how to spell "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (An act this writer also had to do for the word made famous by the classic Disney musical film Mary Poppins.)

But, back to New Hampshire: Perhaps there's something in the water, because diarrhea was the spelling it most often looked up last year as well. At least in 2016 the Granite State had some company, since diarrhea was Arizona's most-looked-up spelling as well. But this year Arizona apparently often had to look up how to spell "tomorrow," meaning that in 2017, New Hampshire was all on its lonesome.