Got an idea? If you’re like me, you guessed J. And you’d be close — the letter J actually appears in one state name: New Jersey.
Another Simplemost staffer guessed X out of the gate.
But that’s not right because:
And New Mexico.
Another guessed Z. Can you think of a state that includes the letter Z?
Ah, there it is. So, that’s not right.
So If It’s Not J, X or Z—What Is It?
Do you remember it? You know, it’s that song that teaches kids the names of the states in alphabetic order, the one that goes “Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas….”
Does that help you get closer to the answer?
Ready For The Answer?
OK, here it is:
The letter that doesn’t appear in any state name is Q! Good old Q.
I have to say I’m not surprised. Q is a relatively rare letter of the alphabet, anyway, usually combined with U in most words.
And it is, after all, one of the most valuable Scrabble letters due to that rarity. In the popular word-making board game, Q is worth a whopping 10 points.
But Q isn’t the only rare letter in our state names here in the U.S. The letter Z appears only in the name of one state (Arizona) and X in just two (Texas and New Mexico).
P is also fairly rare among the 50, as it appears in only three state names — Pennsylvania, Mississippi and New Hampshire.
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[h/t: Reader’s Digest]