In celebration of spelling bee week, Google has posted a little chart that shows the most searched for spelling word from each state.
They explained on Twitter that they mapped the top “how to spell” searches by state, and compiled the results into this map:
As you can see when you enlarge the image, the most searched for words include pneumonia, chihuahua, diarrhea, and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, words which have tricky spelling.
But then there is the most misspelled word for Wisconsin, which is Wisconsin. Yes, Google is inexplicably telling us that cheeseheads do not know how to spell the name of their home state.
Or at least that is how everyone is spinning it on Twitter while tittering. I too laughed at the joke when I first saw this map last night, but 12 hours later I have a different opinion.
This map tells us what people are searching for, not what they are having trouble spelling.
Wisconsin is the most searched for spelling word for Wisconsin, yes, but there’s a high probability that teachers are having students Google for that phrase as part of the lesson plan on using computers.
Wouldn’t it make more sense for this to be part of the public school curriculum rather than a word that people can’t spell?