Google knows how you spell and how much you rely on it

Google recently let the cat out of the bag by disclosing how bad American are with spellings, while celebrating the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.

Well, Google and most other messaging platforms are probably guilty for the phenomenon, thanks to the much maligned-yet-popular autocorrect feature.

Google created a map from its Google Trends data and made a list of words which followed 'how do I spell' on the search bar. The most commonly misspelt words were 'vacuum', 'February' and 'desert' which often got mixed up with its culinary namesake. What's more, those living in Massachusetts has to look up their own state and those living in Alaska couldn't spell Hawaii!

While many may assume that Britons do better than Americans when it comes to grammar or spelling tricky words, to be fair to the Americans, Britons are no better. Back in 2014, a research found that as many as 40 per cent of Britons relied on autocorrect to correct their misspellings and another 20 per cent said that if they didn't have a spellchecking tool, they would panic. 

The research covered 2,000 respondents, and one in five of them said that they didn't bother with spellings at all and one in four said they were embarrassed when their spelling mistakes were noticed at work. At the same time, half of all respondents said that they judged others on their poor spelling.

The most commonly misspelt words in the UK include embarrassment, fluorescent, accommodate, psychiatrist, occasionally, necessary, questionnaire, mischievous and rhythm. Simple words like weird, humorous, definite, believe, license, receive and foreign also made it to the list of the top 50 incorrectly spelt words.

With the rise of messaging apps and e-mail platforms which automatically correct wrongly spelt words, smartphone users no longer need to bother with their spelling prowess. New operating systems are now bringing in predictive text features which can predict what you will write next and save you from the effort of typing at all.

With pen and paper among the list of things that have virtually been made redundant by smartphones, we wonder if out future generations will even care how words are spelt or will rather let Google or its successor handle the pain.

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