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Oh Spelling Bee…

I got to watch a part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee this evening, and it was so worth it.  First of all, I’m a huge nerd, so it was really awesome to get to play along (though without DVR, I wouldn’t have been able to play along as I would have wanted) and it was great to see the amazing talents of those kids.  Secondly, there were so many hilarious moments.

The first thing that comes to mind was the word “thymele” — Vinny pointed out that thymele is pronounced the same as “simile” would be pronounced by someone with a lisp.  So I could just picture the Youtube clip now: someone edits Dr. Bailey’s words to be those pronouncing and defining the word simile; the judges feel bad about the contest’s lisp, so they just pretend she was saying it correctly and let her go; she spells out the lisp with the “t-h”; and then instant Youtube fame.

Second up was the word “prosopopoeia” — this was the second to last word in the competition (the word which the runner-up missed).  When the word was said, the commentator could be heard muttering “Oh dear god.”  It was hilarious.  But then the kid missed it by leaving out the i.  I don’t know how or why he forgot the i.  It’s exactly like onomatopoeia, which I would imagine is a staple of any competitor’s study routine…

The last word that I remember being a funny one was “opificer” — the back-and-forth went by normally from contestant to Dr. Bailey, but when the girl went to spell it, she misspelled it (started it with an e instead of the o), and then butchered the ending pronunciation (she swapped a couple of the last letters to make it “opicifer” and gave Vinny and I a good chuckle).

Again, I am not trying to be mean to these kids or anything of the sort – these are amazing talents that they have to make it that far in the National Spelling Bee, and I know that I wouldn’t have stood a chance (I doubt I would now, even — just read more of my blog for proof of my terrible speeling).  It was fun to watch them spell words that I would never dream of spelling correctly, and I tip my non-existent hat to all of them.

Edit: Looking back at the Round-by-Round Results, the only kids I pointed out were the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place finishers.  So I guess I only got to see about 15 words spelled – I’m really wondering what all I missed out on!

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May 30, 2008 - Posted by | General Stuff

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