Hawaii residents apparently have a difficult time spelling the word that describes the flower worn on the lapel of a man’s jacket.
According to Google Trends, “boutineer” is the one word that flummoxes us.
To be fair, Google may also be having a hard time with the word. Merriam-Webster spells it boutonniere.
Google Trends tweeted an infographic map of “America’s Top Spelling Mistakes” Thursday in honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which ended in a tie between 11-year-old Nihar Janga and 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar.
Surprisingly, “Hawaii” was Alaska’s top misspelled word.
Other common words that tripped up U.S. residents multiple times: beautiful, cancelled, diarrhea, pneumonia, and vacuum. (We argue that “cancelled” may also be spelled “canceled.”)
“Leprechaun” was spelled wrong most often in Utah and Arkansas, “appreciate” in Illinois and Georgia, “broccoli” in Minnesota and, believe it or not, “Massachusetts” in Massachusetts.