Google data reveals the surprising words Australians find most difficult to spell – so how many of them can you get right?
- The list of top ‘how to spell’ searches have been released from Google
- Overall number one search was spelling of favourite, with colour number two
- In 2019 Australians search for how to spell the word barbecue the most
- Language expert has said he believes using phones damages spelling skills
Google data has revealed the most searched for words Australians need help to spell.
Across the country it seems the English versus American spelling of words is what gives Australians the most trouble.
Topping the list is the word favourite, followed by colour at number two.
Google data has revealed the most searched for words Australians need help to spell
The number one most searched for word for how to spell in the last year was barbecue, followed by colonel at number two
Randomly coming in at number three is the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious made famous in a popular musical number from the movie Mary Poppins.
Rounding out the top five are the words beautiful and, funnily enough, the word spell.
As well as the overall top ‘how to spell’ searches are the top ten words from 2019 that Australians searched for the correct spelling.
The number one most searched for word for how to spell in the last year was barbecue, followed by colonel at number two.
At number three, Australians searched for miracle.
While it seems Llamas were popular in 2019 with the fluffy four-legged animals coming in at number four.
Rounding out the top five for the year was the word circumstances.
Professor Ghil’ad Zuckerman, a linguist at Adelaide University, told 10 daily words like Volkswagen and barbecue would be down to people most commonly using the the abbreviations.
He also said he believes the move away from writing with a pen and to using a phone and computers with autocorrect is responsible for Australians not being up to scratch with their spelling.
‘How many people actually use a pencil to write and train the brain to remember a spelling?
‘Text abbreviations mean we don’t have to use a whole word to communicate and phones automatically finish spelling a word for you too,’ he said.
While it seems Llamas were popular in 2019 with the fluffy four-legged animals coming in at number four
MOST GOOGLED HOW TO SPELL SEARCHES BY AUSTRALIANS
How to spell barbecue
How do you spell colonel
How do you spell miracle
How do u spell lama (llama)
How to spell circumstances
How to spell Volkswagen
How do you spell nanna
How to spell Daniel
How do you spell discrepancy
How to spell scrunchie
How to spell favourite
How to spell colour
How to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
How do you spell beautiful
How to spell spell
How to spell definitely
How to spell diarrhea
How do you spell niece
How to spell aunty in Australia
How to spell gorgeous