The Top 10 Most Misspelled Food Words

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Food delivery website GrubHub, which recently merged with Seamless, spent the entire month of April tracking the spelling of searches in more than 500 U.S. towns, and their list of the most commonly misspelled food words might surprise you (or might not). Read on to discover the top ten misspellings.

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10. Vegetarian

This word was misspelled almost 2 percent of the time. The most common spellings were "vegitarian" and "vegeterian."

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9. Macaroni

Misspelled more than 3 percent of the time, it was incorrectly spelled "macoroni" and "maccaroni."

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8. Barbecue

Also misspelled more than 3 percent of the time, every time it was spelled wrong it was spelled "barbacue."

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7. Chipotle

Not only one of the most commonly misspelled food words, it’s also one of the most commonly mispronounced food words. The offenders, who misspelled it nearly 4 percent of the time, spelled it "chipolte," of course.

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6. Tomato

Just like Dan Quayle, nearly 5 percent of the people who typed this word into the search bar spelled it "tomatoe."

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5. Sandwich

It might be shocking, but more than 7 percent of people who tried to order a sandwich via GrubHub spelled it "sandwhich." A smaller percentage also thought that "sandwitch" was the proper spelling.

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4. Dessert

More than 10 percent of the population apparently didn’t learn how to spell dessert, spelling it "desert." Two s’s because you want seconds, remember?

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3. Omelet/Omelette

This word was misspelled more than 17 percent of the time, which is more understandable than, say, sandwich because of its French origin. "Omlette" and "omlett" were the most common misspellings.

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2. Caesar

The name of this salad (and the Roman emperor) was misspelled a whopping 40 percent, with almost 20 percent swapping the "a" and "e" and almost 7 percent leaving off the first "a" entirely, spelling it "cesar."

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1. Fettuccine

Odds are, if you’re typed the name of this pasta recently, you’ve spelled it wrong. An astonishing 70 percent of those who typed it into GrubHub’s search bar misspelled it, with an equal percentage turning it into "fettucine" or "fettucini."

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When you're on the prowl for a food delivery and head to GrubHub, you might not realize that they're keeping track of not only what you're searching for, but how you spell those words. The company, which recently merged with Seamless, spent the entire month of April tracking the spelling of searches in more than 500 U.S. towns, and their findings might surprise you (or might not).

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