The first two letters are all that Michigan and Mississippi share in common, so there's no excuse to mistake one for the other.
Yet President Trump's press secretary and his favorite news network mix them up this week.
Kayleigh McEnany did so Wednesday at the start of her White House briefing, when she substituted the Southern state for ours while trying to list each state with a Big Ten football team starting play Oct. 24:
Big Ten football is BACK! pic.twitter.com/bEYemfKqxm— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 16, 2020
Two days earlier, Fox News used our postal abbreviation rather than MS in a coastal hurricane warning:
"Might as well pray for Minnesota and Missouri too. Just in case," another tweet quipped.