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AT&T releases the most misspelled words in each US state this year 

Are you in Covid ‘corn teen’? Google Trends data reveals the most misspelled words in each state

  • AT&T used Google Trends data to determine the most misspelled words in every state between March 24, 2020 and March 24, 2021
  • The survey found that people in 12 states struggled to spell the word ‘quarantine,’ often spelling it ‘corn teen’
  • People in seven other states spelled ‘favorite’ the British way
  • Other commonly misspelled words included: ‘coronavirus,’ ‘which’ and ‘every’

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As Americans struggled with job losses and an economic downturn during the global pandemic, many others faced another, lesser-known struggle: trying to figure out how to spell the word ‘quarantine.’

According to telecommunications giant AT&T, which used Google Trends data to determine the most misspelled words in each state, people in 12 states searched ‘How to spell quarantine’ more often than they searched for the spelling of other words from March 24, 2020 to March 24, 2021.

The most common misspelling of the word, AT&T reports, was ‘corn teen.’

AT&T used Google Trends data to determine the most misspelled words in every state between March 24, 2020 to March 24, 2021

People in seven other states – including Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia – had trouble spelling the word ‘favorite,’ often spelling it the British way, with a ‘u’ in the middle.

Six states had trouble spelling ‘coronavirus,’ five had trouble with the common word ‘which,’ and three states had trouble with the word ‘every,’ with many misspelling it ‘evary.’

Meanwhile, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska had trouble with the word ‘believe,’ forgetting the ‘I before “e” except after “c” rule,’ while New York, Utah and New Hampshire struggled with the word ‘definitely.’

California and Rhode Island also had trouble with the word ‘separate,’ while ancient Egypt enthusiasts in Florida had trouble with the word ‘pharaoh.’ 

Delaware struggled with the word ‘government,’ Washington D.C. residents were unsuccessful at spelling the word the word ‘succeed.’

Alaskans also had difficulty with the number ‘eighty,’ commonly forgetting the ‘h,’ while people in Maine added an extra ‘h’ to the word ‘watch.’

And Kansas had some trouble with ‘multiplication.’

See the full list of commonly misspelled words below.

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