Connecticut is 8th for misspelled words in Google searches

The Muscat State name has been butchered since the time Adriaen Block sailed up the Connecticut River in 1614.

A website has now discovered that “Connecticut” is one of the top misspelled words in monthly Google searches, the Associated Press reported. The #1 garbled word in the US, according to QuillBot, an artificial intelligence platform, is “calendar,” a chronic struggle for 250,000 every month who typically replace an “e” with the second “a” to make “calendar.” make. “

With 20,000 misspellings a month, “Connecticut” is the eighth most botched word, just behind “believe.” People often omit the internal, silent “c” in the state name to render “Connecticut”, the same mistake made with the second most misspelled word in QuillBot’s calculations – “Arctic”, which is often entered as “Artic”. becomes.

A QuillBot representative could not be reached to answer who is searching for “Connecticut” (foreigners or residents who don’t know how to spell their own state name?) or why “Mississippi” isn’t in the top 10.

Hartford Courant columnist John Lacy wrote in 1982 that Connecticut colonists could not agree on how to spell the territory’s name, which comes from an Algonquian word meaning “long tidal river”. Various spellings on maps and documents of the day were “Connecticut”, “Quinnatucquet”, “Quenticutt”, “Quonektacut” and “Kwinitegah”.

In Connecticut Place Names, published in 1976, authors Arthur H. Hughes and Morse S. Allen noted that, according to another Courant story, early settlers found it “extremely difficult” to get the Native American dialect in writing to translate.

“They could not reproduce some sounds,” says the story, “which they took to be pagan jargon that made no sense; they had no uniform rules of spelling; and the Native Americans who provided the information may not have understood what the questioner was asking. “

“Once a name—right or wrong—was passed down to white scribes or cartographers, they changed it as they saw fit. That’s why some names have more than one spelling – Mattabesset, Mattabassett, and even Mattabesec, for example.”

The river, which flows from Enfield and Suffield to Old Lyme and Old Saybrook, became the name of the colony and state because it was central to both Native Americans and the colonists, who first settled on the riverbanks in Windsor, Wethersfield and Hartford settled.

“Rivers often retained their indigenous origins,” wrote Stephen Olbrys Gencarella of the University of Amherst in Connecticut Magazine, “because they traversed numerous settlements and were not privatized, although some took on English nicknames over time.” Quinnehtukqut, the area at “long tidal flow”. ,’ generated the name for a colony and the state itself.”

Walt Woodward, Connecticut state historian emeritus and former UConn professor, said that early spellings of the Connecticut colony also reflected various Algonquian dialects. Speaking of the current struggles with getting the state name right, Woodward said, “As someone who’s taught college for 20 years, I’m not surprised that people misspell anything.”