Is there a word you just can't remember how to spell? My word is "occasionally." I can never remember if it's one c and a double s or one s and a double c. Thank goodness for spell checkers. I'm not alone in misspelling an occasional word. In honor of the national spelling bee (which is today, June 1) Google put together a map of misspelled words, based on Google searches.
If you don't want to stare at the map, here's a list:
District of Columbia: Ninety
New Hampshire: Diarrhea
New Jersey: Twelve
New Mexico: Banana
New York: Beautiful
North Carolina: Angel
North Dakota: Dilemma
Rhode Island: Liar
South Carolina: Chihuahua
South Dakota: College
West Virginia: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Wisconsin: Wisconsin (Not an error; they really can't spell their own state name.)
In today's age of automatic spell checkers, there are few excuses for misspellings. Spell checkers won't catch homonyms (like their, there, and they're) but they should catch most genuine misspellings.
English is a funny language because there are so many rules that are broken all the time and letter combinations that are pronounced differently. Like David Burge explained in this genius tweet:
Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.-- David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 1, 2015
I before E except after C, unless you are running a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor.
(I couldn't identify the original source for this one, but found numerous variations.)
Is there a word you just can't get right every time?