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Do kids still lose points for misspelled words on their homework? It seems like in this age of LOL, OMG, and IDK, spelling may have taken a bit of a backseat. Plus, all of our devices are programmed to auto-correct our misspelled words, albeit with varying degrees of accuracy.

AT&T Experts reviewed the most-searched words by state from March 24, 2020 to March 24, 2021 using Google Trends. Each state has its own spelling struggles. However, there are some common challenges across America. For example, folks in twelve states are still trying to figure out how to spell “quarantine.” The most common misspelling of that is “corn teen.” Really? Still? According to the research, my home state of Pennsylvania and five others continue to grapple with the word “coronavirus.” It’s in the news literally every single day!

It isn’t any less embarrassing in our next of the woods. South Carolinians get a little mixed up with the word “which.” They can’t seem to decide if it should be spelled “wich” or “witch.” In North Carolina, the word the trips us up the most is “exercise.” And we’re the only state flummoxed by that word. That’s not good. If we can’t spell it, there’s also a chance we might not be doing it enough.

Other words that people in multiple states have trouble spelling include “favorite,” “every,” “believe,” “definitely,” and “separate.” You can see the complete breakdown HERE.