That dreaded red squiggly line in Word is the bane of many people’s existence: mostly grammar Nazis, STEM students, professionals (quasiparticle is a real word, damn it!), and English teachers. But it’s a special kind of frustrating when the software’s spell checker refuses point blank to recognize your name as a correctly spelled series of letters. I mean, it’s your name, for crying out loud!
Your name can influence your career chances, and the following 15 names belong to people who made it big in their respective fields of music, film, TV, and sport. While their names are globally recognized, Word turns the other cheek, so you’re left with a document full of red squiggly lines and a deadline fast approaching. But that’s where Google comes in: it correctly spells the names for you, instantly eliminating the necessity for you to learn how to spell them yourself.
What other celebrity names do you have trouble spelling and have to turn to Google to help you out? And, be honest: if someone held you at gunpoint and demanded you spell Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name (without Googling it), would you live to tell the tale? Let us know in the comments section below – assuming you did survive this very weird scenario!
1. Ellen DeGeneres
El-len De-Ge-ne-res. Ellen DeGenerous!
2. Sarah McLachlan
What’s not to like about her? I mean, she’s Canadian, she’s an awesome singer, and – oh, right… her name.
3. Scarlett Johansson
It’s quite possible that a lot of men and 13-year-old boys learned how to correctly spell Johansson’s name after Googling it for the umpteenth time during their, um, 'special' time.
4. Zooey Deschanel
This one’s quite a stinker, because both her first and last names are difficult to spell without referencing Google.
5. Anna Kournikova
At the peak of her fame, Kournikova’s name was one of the most-used search terms in Google Search. As with Scarlett Johansson, it appears that guys learned to spell her name just fine.
6. Jake Gyllenhaal
Also known as the late Heath Ledger’s character’s love interest in Brokeback Mountain.
7. Zach Galifianakis
If Google still gets his name wrong, just call him Alan.
8. Shia LaBeouf
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Transformers star LaBeouf is apparently one of the most hated actors of our generation. While I don’t know exactly why, I’m going to assume his name played a pivotal role.
9. Alexander Skarsgard
If you want to be technical about it, it’s actually Skarsgård. And if Google still can’t get it right, there’s always asking Alexander himself to give you a little one-on-one lesson. I know I would – ahem!
10. Matthew McConaughey
The Texan dude who seemingly plays the same role in every film he’s ever made. All’s forgiven, though, when he lifts his shirt and shows off his six-pack. Oh, he was also awesome in True Detective!
11. Gabourey Sidibe
While the world has trouble spelling her name, Sidibe is one of the most loved contemporary actresses having starred in the Oscar-winning movie Precious and in hit TV shows like The Big C and American Horror Story.
12. Chiwetel Ejiofor
Never mind not spelling Ejiofor’s name correctly without Google’s help; I don’t think I would be able to pronounce it, either!
13. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Okay, why do you think he is always referred to as the Austrian Oak, Arnie, and The Governator? Because no one can spell his name!
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!