Hardest words to spell for South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa

The spelling bee Olympics are underway. The Scripps Spelling Bee is underway and children from all over the United States are vying for the crown of the best speller in the country.

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For some people, spelling comes naturally, while others (who shall remain anonymous here) struggle their entire lives with the correct formation of words.

I know people who owe their writing lives to Grammarly and spell check.

It's true that some words are harder to spell than others. I've always had a problem with the word “conscience.” I almost always have to resort to help to spell it correctly. I don't know why, but something about it throws me off.

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Google Analytics recently conducted a survey of the most searched words for each state and identified the words that other people have trouble spelling.

For example (and this is strange), the dirty secret of the people of North Dakota is that they have difficulty spelling the word “secret.”

People in Wyoming have trouble spelling the word “corduroy” (who knows why they look it up!).

What about our tri-state area?

  • South Dakota – Even though our state is surrounded by beauty, the word we look up most often when we need help spelling is “beautiful.”
  • Minnesota – With all the stuff they have to accumulate during the winter, you wouldn’t think Minnesotans would have trouble spelling “clothes,” right?
  • Iowa – This is totally confusing me! The word Iowans searched for most often last year was “Grandma.” Grandma!

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Despite all the criticism, some words just upset us. So I admitted it. Now my “conscience” is clear. Thanks, spell check.

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If you lived in South Dakota a hundred years ago, you probably had a job that had to do with farming or ranching. If you weren't farming, you sold things to the farmers, fixed things for the farmers, or bought things from the farmers.

In the 2020s everything is completely different.

Most of us in South Dakota work in the health care or service industry in one way or another. In fact, there are more nurses in South Dakota than the entire population of the state capital, Pierre.

Today, far more people work in a store or restaurant than probably ever worked on a farm. Time passes and things change, always. Who knows what jobs South Dakotans will be doing in fifty years?

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