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Misspellings, Mapped: America The How-Do-You-Spell-Beautiful?

Rebekah Zeigler is competing in her third Scripps National Spelling Bee today in Washington, D.C. They share news about the words used in regional bees and pay close attention to parts of the country that are known to be competitive, like Florida, California, New York and Texas.

The results are telling - Wisconsin looks up how to spell their own state name the most, while New Hampshire is anxious about diarrhea and getting that right.

"I'm going to think about spelling", Edith said Tuesday, according to spelling bee officials.

After she won the Park Record Spelling Bee in March for the second consecutive year, The Park Record is sponsoring a return trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for Buhlman, an eighth-grader from Rocky Mountain Middle School in Heber City.

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"It might need a couple tweaks". The company's president, Linda Tarrant, said she's recently hired younger coaches who placed high in the bee, such as Gokul Venkatachalam, the other co-champion from 2015, and Snehaa Ganesh Kumar, the 2016 runner-up.

Wisconsin may have been the only state this year where the top searched word was the name of the state itself, but last year that honor went to MA (this year the Bay State had trouble with the word "license"). MI has trouble with another commonly misspelled word - "pneumonia" - which also tripped up Googlers in Maine, Alabama, and Washington. The test consists of 24 items - 12 spelling and 12 multiple choice vocabulary. "It gives a lot of hope for people".

What do the top spellers actually win?

You know, one of those books you can find in a library or bookstore? They lamented their misses and gossiped about what score might be "the cutoff" for making the top 50. The super-spellers will be focused and ready to take the stage when the spelling bee resumes Wednesday morning from Washington.

Six-year-old Edith, meanwhile, was treated like a celebrity as she walked the halls outside the ballroom. He will move on to his second round at 2:45 p.m. if he makes it past the first oral spelling round.

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