Can You Spell the Most Misspelled Word in Your State?

That dreaded little “misspelled” red squiggle shows up in a different place for everyone. Maybe “neighbor” trips you up, or “bureau” makes you scratch your head. Perhaps you just guess at “hors d’oeuvres” (which I spelled wrong on the first try, too). Turns out, the state you live in can also predict which words you tend to spell wrong.

Find out if you’re ready for the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and if you spell better than your neighbors. We recommend just copy and pasting this big one (page 6).

1. The spelling of ‘canceled’ has a complicated answer

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  • Maryland
  • Oklahoma

A lot of people have misspelled “canceled,” and there’s a reason for that. According to Grammarly, how you spell it depends on where you live. Americans prefer “canceled” (one L), while cancelled (two Ls) shows up in British English and other dialects. However, “cancellation,” also gets spelled the same, no matter where you live.

Next: Many of us might want to add the following misspelled word to our datebook.

2. Some people have a hard time with ‘Schedule’


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  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee

Despite the frequency with which we use the word “Schedule,” a lot of people also have chronically misspelled it. These states just can’t remember that “c.” Maybe that additionally explains why so many of us have a hard time committing to plans. According to, remembering the “sk” sound that shows up in “school” can help you spell this often-misspelled word.

Next: If you need a new gig, you also might want to double-check your spelling.

3. Spelling ‘resume’ wrong won’t get you that job


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  • Colorado
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Whether it has to do with that accent on the last “e,” or the confusion over how many “m’s” to use, “resume” trips up people in these states. But if you want a job, you also better make sure you haven’t misspelled it. When applying for a new gig, make sure you spellcheck your resume and cover letter before sending them off. Sloppy mistakes like misspellings or poor grammar can easily lose you that coveted interview.

Next: The following words confuse us for a pretty understandable reason.

4. Here’s why ‘fiance’ and ‘hors d’oeuvres’ confuse us


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  • Florida (Hors Do’Oeuvres)
  • Wyoming (Fiance)

Every word in the English language comes from an ancient root — Greek, Latin, Germanic, or other. But we’ve also just adopted some words without any changes at all. Those can also prove hard to spell, for that reason. “Fiance” and “hors d’oeuvres” prove that point. Grammar experts don’t have a trick for spelling these; you just have to memorize them or trust spellcheck to save you.

Next: The following category trips up a lot of spellers.

5. Words that end in ‘ly’ create issues


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  • Connecticut (Sincerely)
  • Missouri (Sincerely)
  • Kentucky (Definitely)
  • Nevada (Probably)
  • New Mexico (Permanently)

Adverbs, or words that end in “ly” create spelling conundrums for people in a variety of states. Words like “sincerely,” “definitely,” and “permanently” all gave these states pause. Remember: If it ends in an “ly,” it probably only has one “l.” See what we did there?

Next: This word, while not technically “real” also confuses lots of people.

6. We have Mary Poppins to blame for “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”


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  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Texas

True confession: I had to copy and paste the word for a certain feeling, coined by Mary Poppins. It means “extraordinarily good” or “wonderful,” according to Mirriam Webster. And it also comes with a really infectious song. Try not to sing it all day, but do whatever you can to avoid writing it down. This one’s harder to spell than say.

Next: Not even a popular movie could help us with the following.

7. ‘Beautiful’ takes the top spot


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  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

People Magazine reports that most people misspell “beautiful,” thanks to that string of vowels there in the middle. If you trip up, just remember Jim Carey’s iconic reminder of how to spell it in Bruce Almighty: (B-e-a-utiful!) We’ll bet you will never forget how to spell it again.

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