Alaska can't spell Hawaii, and Massachusetts can't spell its own name. Those are two of the best revelations from a map released by Google Trends in honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which crowned two champions Thursday night.
The search engine used the top "how to spell" search results, sorted by state, and color-coded words that gave more than one state headaches. "Desert" (is it one S or two? The sandy thing or the sweet snack?) and "cancelled" (one L? two? Which one is the British way again?) were tops in four states, the most of any words.
-- "Leprechaun" tops the list in those famously Irish states of Utah and Arkansas.
-- Hawaii can presumably spell "Hawaii," unlike cold cousin Alaska, but Google says the flowery island state can't spell "boutineer." Not if they're spelling it the way Google put it on the map -- even Wikipedia lists it as "boutonniere."
-- Some words seem simple, but have complicated reasons for making the list. We're giving the states who list "gray" a pass because of that whole gray/grey thing. But really, Nevada? "Cousin"?
-- We're betting Ohio residents actually CAN spell "banana," but like so many people trying to spell that seemingly interminable word, they just don't know when to stop.