Maryland Has a Special Spelling Problem

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When it comes to spelling, Maryland is special.

According to a map released by Google this week, Marylanders struggle most with spelling the word “special.” Google created the map using the number of “how to spell” searches in each state. On one reading, it’s not a particularly long word, and it’s pretty frequently used. On the other hand, we’re not as bad as Wisconsin — who had the most trouble spelling “Wisconsin.” Lest you should think Google is immune from a mistake, they spelled DC’s word — ninety — wrong in the initial release of the map.

In this case, there’s a story of success to make up for the struggle. The map is compiled ahead of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and Maryland has a master speller to cheer on. Howard County’s own Saketh Sundar is in tonight’s finals, according to NBC4. The 11-year-old from Elkridge bested 10 other Marylanders in the regional finals on Wednesday.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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