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“Porm,” “henti,” “stepmon,” and other endearing porn misspellings

Source: Pornhub
Source: Pornhub

Graphs that divide search data by state can be fun, allowing us the fiction of believing in cleanly divisible differences along these artificial state lines and the thrill of tribalist sentiment as we discover that, shit yes, our state’s favorite Disney antagonist is Mufasa and not Gaston. While these can often be statistically spurious and, as a recent XKCD cartoon nicely points out, completely skewed to say whatever the map-maker wants, the recent Google Trends map about most misspelled word by state still provided plenty of fodder for shaming and schadenfreude, both of which people on the internet have a bottomless appetite for.

Pornhub’s opportunistic PR department regularly rears its head around such viral phenomena, and has, accordingly, created a map of most misspelled search terms by state using their more salacious dataset. While some of it is perhaps illustrative—please note the prevalence of searches for anime porn in our great nation’s heartland—what is much more entertaining is the misspellings themselves, which are their own sort of delightful nonsense. Porn is majestically misrepresented as “porm” throughout our nation, and “carton” porn suggests a surplus of milkmen seeking sexual gratification through their work. The word “lesbian” proves particularly difficult for American typists, and the typo “stepmon” implies a Rastafarian-tinged subset of sexual queries. It is only a matter of time before new subgenres of pornography appear on the internet to satisfy these subconscious whims, but what exactly this “porm” will be can only be imagined.

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