Why we need a National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee finishes up today at National Harbor, just down the road from D.C. So Google, in honor of the Bee, took a look at how people in different states googled the question: “How do you spell …?

The results aren’t pretty:

To the people of Wisconsin: Really?
To the people of Rhode Island and Alabama: Are four letters too many for you?
To the people of West Virginia and Connecticut: Put away the “Mary Poppins” DVD.
To the people of New Jersey and D.C.: Why are you using the word when you can use the number?

If I had to put a sentence together from the states I’ve lived in, it would be:

Do you have a receipt for that beautiful ninety ounce can of sauerkraut I ate when I was laid up with pneumonia twelve days ago?

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