Ah, the National Spelling Bee – the one time a year when the youth of the nation creep toward a podium and, with a sanctimonious glimmer in their eyes, make us all feel like…total idiots.
In honor of that whole spelling bee thing, GrubHub analysts dug through our database to find the different ways our diners spell the food they’re searching for. Needless to say, things are a bit all over the map. Let’s run ‘em down:
- Fettuccine tops the list – it’s misspelled more than 70% of the time. People hunting for their wide-noodle fix split right down the middle with their best guesses – typing both “fettucine” and “fettucini” nearly 30% of the time.
- The Caesar salad is the runner up – spelled incorrectly almost 40% of the time. The “e” and the “a” are swapped nearly 20% of the time (“Ceasar”) and an abridged version – “Cesar” – accounts for 7% of our misspellings.
- Omelet or Omelette (that’s French for “omelet,” dudes) is in third place – misspellings occur more than 17% of the time. “Omlette” and “Omlett” are the top offenders, each accounting for more than 7% of misspellings.
- Dessert, of course, is often spelled incorrectly – with diners opting for the “desert” almost 10% of the time. Remember, kids – dessert has a double “s” and that other “s” stands for “seconds.” Mmmhm.
- Finally, we’ve got the word “sandwich” – People mix that thang up more than 7% of the time, opting for “sandwhich” and, uh, “sandwitch” with decent frequency.
There are your top five, humans. Though, to be fair, we don’t really give a hoot how you spell anything as long as you’re getting what you want and, of course, ordering it from us.