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Spelling Bee With… V-o-c-a-b-u-l-a-r-y

April 9th, 2013

2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner, Snigdah Nandipati. Photo credit: Flickr Scripps Bee/CC

As if it’s not already amazing enough to watch the kids in the Scripps National Spelling Bee spell words many of us haven’t even heard of … there’s a new twist this year.

Now they’ll have to know what those words actually mean! G-u-l-p.

Even President Obama had a tricky time with the winning word from two years ago.

Half the score in certain rounds will now be based on vocabulary, not just spelling, the press release from the Scripps National Spelling Bee said. Their thinking is that if you know the meaning of the word, it’ll be easier to spell, and the better you’ll be at using the English language in general.

It’s the first time in their 86-year history they’ll be doing it this way.

The big bee will be take place on May 28-30 and you’ll be able to watch it on ESPN2 and ESPN.

Oh, and the guerdon (pronounced: ger-dn)?  That’s one of the previous year’s winning words meaning reward. It’s to the tune of around $40,000!

Want a taste of what the vocabulary part could be like? The organizers gave these examples:

What does it mean to appertain ?

a) assume the character or appearance of

b) belong either as something appropriate or as an attribute

c) distress severely so as to cause continued suffering

d) be guilty of

correct: b

Something described as corrigible is:

a) correctable

b) rigid

c) unmanageable

d) filled with air

correct: a

Nomenclature has to do with:

a) religious ceremonies

b) names

c) bones

d) folk superstitions

correct: b

How did you do?

To see what bees are like “bee”-hind-the-scenes, here’s the trailer for a great documentary called Spellbound.

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11 Comments on “Spelling Bee With… V-o-c-a-b-u-l-a-r-y”

  • Curtain says:

    Hi, I am Lisa. I am a teacher. There is an old saying from China. Never too late to learn. I learned a lot from your blog. like your article so much.

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