What Texas’ Most Misspelled Word Says About the Lone Star State
There are plenty of common use words that are both nessisary and definately important in everyday correspondence. Dang it. If there was a way to never use those words again, I'd do it.
I'm not the strongest speller. The only time I ever competed in a spelling bee I was knocked out in this first round for misspelling staircase. Sometimes, I spell so poorly that my spell checker just shrugs its shoulders and I have to do a series of strategic Google searches to finally find the word I meant to use.
Suffice to say, I am not making a judgment about anyone's bad spelling, except that the most misspelled word in Texas is so... revealing. It's normal.
Even though I'm terrible at spelling, I've never had a problem with that word. And it's not a word that is heavily mispronounced or, shall we say, charmingly pronounced by Texans. Unlike "hill," which I often find myself pronouncing as "heel," or "Coors," which is a linguistic nightmare for me and usually comes out something like "Kuers."
Unlike most of the English language, 'normal' makes phonetic sense. It has no surprises. It has a Latin root. It's really as easy as the English language allows itself to get. It's...normal.
So why is it so regularly misspelled, particularly in Texas? I think it must be an issue of frequency. I think it's an indication that Texans are smart.
My theory is that Texans are frequently typing "Is it normal..." questions on Google.
Is it normal for a cat to have a temperature over 100 degrees? Is it normal for fingernails to have ridges? Is it normal to see hail in June? I believe Texans are not misspelling it, but having frequency typos. (I will warn you that some of the autofill suggestions on "Is it normal..." are a little concerning. To all y'all googling "Is it normal to cry everyday," it's not. Please get therapy. I say this with love.)
To all my fellow Texans, don't feel too abnormal. We could be Alaska, who can't spell cheese.
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