Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CAN YOU WIN THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE?

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Fishducky of fishducky, finally! sent me this link to a spelling test of sorts:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/only-a-true-smarty-pants-can-correctly-spell-these-spelling

Click on the link and you'll find the pronunciations and definitions of twelve words contestants have needed to be able to spell to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Then you're given two possible spellings for the word. Choose the one you think is correct.

If you like, you can share your score in your comment, or not.

Shall I tell you my score? Maybe you should try to guess. A hint: I did not get all twelve correct.

This test is easier than being in an actual spelling bee (not that I was ever in one) because you have the choices spelled correctly for you to choose. You don't have to start from scratch.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Here's Rebecca Sealfon, my all-time favorite National Spelling Bee winner:



46 comments:

  1. Only 9 out of 12. Never heard of most of these words. Whew!

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  2. That was fun. I got ten out of twelve right.

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  3. I hadn't even heard those words before - except 'luge' and that's only because of the Olympics. 'Lyceum' kinda rings a bell, too. But that's it. Here's my score:

    You got 9 out of 12 right!
    9/12

    Wow, great job! You're obviously a better speller than most, get out there and help those of us who aren't so brilliant!

    (I consider that grade to be based on my multiple choice deduction more than my spelling acumen)

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    1. Having the choices makes a huge difference. Without them, I would have known no more than four or five words.

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  4. This was much easier than being asked to spell these words without a visual choice. I probably could not have spelled even one of them. However, with the visual aid, I got 11 out of 12 correct.

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  5. I'm always impressed by people who can spell words they've never even heard before. I'm a terrible speller.

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    1. That means Mrs. C. is a great editor.

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  6. And today, she is a waitress at the Waffle House.

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  7. I got 11/12 because I'm brilliant. ;) Actually, I should've got them all correct. I knew the one I got wrong was incorrect before I submitted it. Maybe I'm not as brilliant as I think.

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  8. My grandson just competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee so I have recently attended some of the local bees.
    They are pretty interesting in their randomness of word selection. Prior to the event the kids are given practice sheets of words and many of those words are foreign words. Pages of Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, etc. are studied. My G-boy made it to district level but was beat out by a 5th grader. It was a good experience for a 3rd grader and now he can start practicing for next year.

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    1. Yes, they use a lot of words from other languages that have drifted into use by English speakers. Good for your grandson.

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  9. I won the county Senior Spelling Bee and will be going to the Nationals. I will check the link later.

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  10. I took the test and did ok, but will admit I only knew a handful of the words. I could possible win the spelling bee if I had spell check with me.

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    1. I could win the spelling bee if I could look in the dictionary for the words.

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  11. Ah yes, Rebecca! Was last year the tie? I am confidant that I could not even win a local spelling bee, let alone national!

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    1. I looked it up because I thought last year was the tie, and it turns out that the last three bees have ended in ties.

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  12. Holy crap! I got all of them right, and I'll admit I'd only heard about half of those words before!

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    1. Now I'm jealous. I only got eleven/twelve.

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  13. I got 7/12. Which makes sense, since most of my Google search is words I had no idea how to spell. :)

    And yet... you love me anyway!

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    1. That's a great score, and I'd love you if you didn't get any right. Those are tough words.

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  14. Short answer, No
    My spelling is terrible

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    1. But you get an "A" at being a mother and a nana and a daughter.

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  15. You ever see that movie with Richard Gere - Bee Season?

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  16. I got 9 and i am impressed with myself since I only heard of luge. When I read the definition of logorrhea, I couldn't help but think of Trump

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  17. I LOVE the spelling bee, particularly because it's something I can't do. It's the same reason I like watching particular sports. If I could do triple backflips, I wouldn't watch the Olympics. Conversely, if the Olympics had a competition for who laughed hardest at a fart, I wouldn't watch because I can do that, and probably win.

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    1. It's better to be good at laughing over farts than to not be good at anything. But you also happen to be a very good writer, and I bet you're a good daddy to little Pickleopette.

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  18. These days, I am physically too tired to even think about spelling. But I would get an A+ for house painting. Does that count?

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    1. Yes! Come on over to my house and I'll give you an A+ and a gold star.

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  19. I got 12/12 correct.

    My son won the classroom spelling bee when he was in third grade. He had a 103 temp and had to sit. Yet, he won. He was the last of grade 1-3 to miss a word and some 4th and 5th graders sat down before him. Teachers said he had been spelling words they knew he had never seen before. I really think spelling must be a gift.

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  20. Not only could I not win the NATIONAL spelling bee, I couldn't win the one at my home. Both kiddos are champions with medals to prove it, and DH is a better speller than I am. But none of them can tell the stories I can...

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    1. My spelling has always been pretty good, but never good enough to even get in the city bee when I was a kid. Of course, I also didn't study for it. The kids in the national bee do nothing but study spelling.

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  21. The older I get, the worse I become at spelling. Can I blame my typing?

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  22. I got 12 out of 12. It's a joke test right? I'm a terrible speller. So it has to be a joke!

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    1. It's no joke, sweetie! You can spell better than you think you can.

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  23. 8/12... I probably had heard only one or two in my life.

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