June 03, 2011

sorites -- periscii -- cymotrichous

Those words sound familiar? Then you must have been following the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Ben Zimmer gives an account of the final words on his blog at visualthesaurus.com.

This year's champion is 14-year old an 3rd-time participant Sukanya Roy, who said she went through the dictionary twice "and I guess some of the words really stuck."  Compare this approach to 2001 champion George Thampy, who, in the documentary Spellbound, unforgettably recommended the following strategy: 1. Trust in Jesus, 2. Honor your parents, and 3. Work hard. (You can read more about Georgy in my post Spellbound -- Where are they now?)

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