By Victor Ernest with Agency report
A silent ”P” has probably made ”pneumonia” the most misspelled word in the United State (US), data released on Tuesday by search engine Google has said.
As a national spelling contest finale is to be held on Thursday in Washington for the 90th year, Google has identified state by state the most misspelled word by analysing search data from its website.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly called the National Spelling Bee) is an annual spelling bee held in the United States.
Although most of its participants are from the U.S., students from countries such as The Bahamas, Canada, the Peoples Republic of China, Ghana, Japan, Jamaica, Mexico, and New Zealand have also competed in recent years.
This year’s competition has already made history. In March, 5-year-old super speller Edith Fuller qualified for nationals — making her the youngest contender ever! Now she’s 6 years old and taking on the spelling bee — making her two years younger than the second-youngest contestant.
”Pneumonia” appears to be the hardest word for people to spell in Alabama, Illinois, Maine, Michigan and Washington.
”Beautiful” is the hardest word in California, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Ohio, while in Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin, people have trouble with ”tomorrow.”
However, one may have difficulty in explaining why people in Hawaii struggle with spelling ”people” and South Dakota can’t spell ”college” correctly.