National Dictionary Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, Betway has uncovered which words Hoosiers struggle with the most.

Analyzing Google

By analyzing Google Search Volumes for the most frequently searched words following the prompt "How to spell," Betway identified the top 10 words that tend to trip up Indiana residents. Whether you're a spelling bee champion or just looking to sharpen your language skills, you might be surprised by the findings.

Why It Matters

Accurate spelling is essential for clear and effective communication, whether it is in everyday conversations, emails, or professional documents. Poor spelling can even affect how other people perceive your level of education and attention to detail.

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I Struggle Too

Admittedly, spelling was not my strong suit when I was in elementary school. Despite having exceptional reading and comprehension skills (I was reading adult fiction in the fifth grade), I struggled with actually remembering how to spell a word correctly. Even now there are certain words that I have to put a lot of mental thought into to be sure that I spell it correctly. A couple of words I personally struggle with have always been "restaurant" and "chihuahua." It turns out I'm not alone on that last one...


The Top 10 Words Indiana Struggles to Spell

  1. Bougie
  2. Patience
  3. Ninety
  4. Dessert
  5. Chihuahua
  6. Neighbor
  7. Congratulations
  8. Quiet
  9. Spaghetti
  10. Thorough

Why These Words Are Challenging:\

  1. Bougie: Often mistaken for the slang "boujee," this French-derived word means materialistic or aspiring to be a part of the upper class.
  2. Patience: The virtue of patience can be tested, and its spelling can be a bit tricky too.
  3. Ninety: Numbers often pose spelling challenges, and "ninety" is no exception.
  4. Dessert: A sweet treat is something we all enjoy, but spelling it incorrectly might leave you feeling a little dry.
  5. Chihuahua: This tiny dog breed with a big name is equally big in spelling difficulty.
  6. Neighbor: Even getting along with your neighbor can be easier than spelling this word correctly.
  7. Congratulations: Offering congratulations might be easy, but spelling it right can be a bit more challenging.
  8. Quiet: Sometimes, the most unobtrusive words are the ones that prove to be the quite troublesome.
  9. Spaghetti: Italian cuisine is loved worldwide, but spelling its signature dish can be a bit slippery.
  10. Thorough: Being thorough in spelling this word is crucial for clear communication.


These 10 words are the ones that often trip up Indiana residents when it comes to spelling. Knowing where you might stumble can be the first step in improving your spelling skills. So, whether you've had trouble with "bougie," "patience," or any of the other words on the list, take this opportunity to practice and enhance your spelling abilities. National Dictionary Day October 16th is a perfect time to celebrate words and all the fascinating ways they challenge us daily.


30 Words That are Fun to Say Out Loud That Aren't Swear Words

Recently, we asked our listeners on Facebook to share a word or two they think is fun to say. Some gave an explanation, some didn't. We received nearly 200 comments, and while it was tough to whittle down, these are the 30 we had the most fun saying.

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