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June 3rd, 2011
05:20 AM ET

Question of the Day: What word can't you spell?

(CNN) - Pennsylvania teen Sukanya Roy was tantalizingly close to the Scripps National Spelling Bee's final rounds in previous years. Now, she's taken the prize.

Sukanya, 14, won the annual spell-off Thursday night with the word cymotrichous, which means having wavy hair, topping 274 other contestants over two days and 20 rounds.

American Morning wants to know: What word can't you spell?

Weigh in on our Question of the Day and we could read your answer on American Morning!


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  1. Jen

    a majority of people cannot spell/differentiate between:
    There
    Their
    They're

    June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Crathina G

    I love spelling...there arent many words i cant spell...but its words like dismal and decimal tht gt me mixed up depending on the pronunciation...my fav word to spell is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis...look it up đŸ™‚

    June 5, 2011 at 9:29 am |
  3. Phyllis

    Regarding Lisa Bloom's book concerning the dumbing down of American women,they all want to aspire to be Paris Hiltons and Jessica Simpsons,how sad,I'm not sure Paris can even read. She surely cannot carry on a sensible conversation as validated on TV recently.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Ezee-T

    "Their". Sometimes I put the "i" before the "e" even though I know how to spell the word.

    June 3, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  5. slider

    Is it "mabe" or "maybe"?

    June 3, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  6. Meghan

    If fridge has a d, why not refridgerator?

    June 3, 2011 at 8:17 am |
  7. Meghan

    excersize

    June 3, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  8. Jerry

    Maintenance

    Wichita, KS

    June 3, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  9. jackie

    Welldone cnn
    Alie velsie and christine roman really make my day,keep up the good work guys.

    June 3, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  10. lexi

    Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.

    I had a lot of trouble learning this word and it is still hard for me to spell.
    Its even harder to say it 5 times fast

    June 3, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  11. Matt McNutt

    Inconvenience

    June 3, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  12. Susan

    canceled

    airports seem to get this one wrong all the time

    June 3, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  13. shelly

    I can't spell inconvienient

    June 3, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  14. Jason

    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to have to spell this word out would certainly be atrocious !

    June 3, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  15. Madison W.

    I have a minor in Psychology yet I have so much trouble spelling "Schizophrenia". I have to spellcheck it every time.

    Madison Warnock
    Ottawa

    June 3, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  16. Jennifer P

    Itinerary – I always want to spell it itenerary

    June 3, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  17. Kris

    Maintenance. Had to google it.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  18. Ginger B

    negosheate (negotiate) It is a really tough one to mess up when you are in sales!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  19. Gene Wentzel - Mt. Holly, NJ

    I just can't *decside* which word is the most difficult for me.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  20. Diana

    hors'dourves

    June 3, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  21. Jingyao

    The word 'tchotchke' or 'tchotcke'.
    Why do we need a kooky word like this to describe something supposed to be insignificant.
    Can't get it right every time.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  22. drora kemp

    I still have to remind myself to spell the word "judgment" without an e between the g and the m.

    But wake up, America, we can't spell hard words like its, their and – horror of horrors – we now forget to make plurals. Just during the last week I read a memo about "secretary's" for secretaries and a sign at Radio Shack about "our manager's want to ..."

    And our teachers (should I be crude and misspell the word?) are supposed to teach our kids calculus and physics AP!
    drora.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:29 am |
  23. Iamhe

    Poor spellers of the world untie!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  24. Chanel

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious...I think....!

    That word always makes me smile đŸ™‚

    June 3, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  25. Tamara

    I often misspell the word 'Connoisseur'.
    Tamara from Hartford,CT

    June 3, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  26. Sarah

    The word that always gets me – I always have to look it up – is "hors' dourves". I guess I need to study French.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  27. Lori Rape

    I've never been able to spell:
    conscience

    Until I learned con + science

    June 3, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  28. Joseph Daily

    Hey Guys, *Necessary* is the word that always trips me up!
    Have a good morning!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  29. Jacob

    i can't spell anything not the word anything but literally every word đŸ™‚

    June 3, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  30. Tom

    If the internet has taught me anything, it's that over half of America cannot spell they're, there and their.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  31. Efrain Omar

    I can not spell potatoe.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:20 am |
  32. Ana

    I can never spell entrepreneur. It sounds more difficult than it is but I still can't spell it.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  33. Molly

    In the 3rd grade, I misspelled the word "guess" in my school spelling bee. 25 years later, I still fear inverting the "u" and "e", causing me to very carefully spell it out each time!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  34. Robin

    Niave? Naive? it should be spelled: Nieve.
    Spell check is turning us into dummies!!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  35. Chrisy

    I can never figure out how to spell "Yayer"!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  36. Sheldon

    I ask myself that question all the time. I don't think there is one!

    June 3, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  37. john

    I was stranded without spell check needing to spell yacht. Went with yaught. imbarassing or is it embarrising or is it.....???

    June 3, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  38. Don R

    guiena pig
    has always been a personal challenge

    June 3, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  39. chris davis

    jour d'oeuvre

    June 3, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  40. Prashant Nair

    My word is flauccinauccinihilipilification. The longest word in English.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:56 am |
  41. John Robbins

    pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

    June 3, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  42. Doug B

    As a music teacher, I find many of my students have trouble with the word "rhythm."

    June 3, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  43. jeff bartrem

    Repukelican – I can't seem to spell THAT ONE.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  44. John

    occasion (I think)

    June 3, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  45. Tod Hale

    A tie between guarantee, Albuquerque, and supercalifragilisticesbialidociuos.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  46. Arron Street

    immunoelectrophoretically

    June 3, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  47. Jerry B.

    Antidisestablishmentarianism ,,, Meaning,, Breaking away from the Catholic Church I think?

    June 3, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  48. KKeller

    People have a lot of trouble spelling:
    restaurant
    separate
    receipt
    receive
    definition

    June 3, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  49. Scott Marion

    Hardest short word to spell if you don't know it in my opinion: phlegm

    June 3, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  50. Dave

    I can't spell most of them because I'm dyslexic.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  51. S Lima

    flem...

    June 3, 2011 at 6:11 am |