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17 Winning Words From Past National Spelling Bees

KEVIN LAMARQUE/Reuters/Landov Yesterday, 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word guetapens, which means “to ambush.” To celebrate Nandipati’s impressive achievement, here are 17 of the most interesting words from the Bee’s 87-year history. 1. Gladiolus, 1925. The word (a type of flower) is notable not due to [...]

Spider-Hyphen-Man!

If you’ve ever written about “Spiderman” on the internet, you’ve been schooled in the proper spelling. It’s Spider-Man! Other super heroes don’t use the hyphen. Cartoonist Cathy Leamy of Metrokitty explains the difference. Link -via Laughing Squid

11 Words With a ‘Q’ But No ‘U’ Acceptable in Words With Friends

At this very moment, someone is Googling “Words With Friends words without vowels,” and there’s a good chance they’ll land on this story I posted last year. If your problem isn’t a lack of vowels but a nagging ‘Q’ (and no ‘U’ to go with it), perhaps one of these words will help. 1. Qwerty/s – [...]

A Gallery Of Re-Imagined Movie Posters

Adam Rabalais decided to try his hand at re-designing classic movie posters, with nation of origin appropriate spelling and style, and without all of the clutter present in the average lobby fare. Check the link out for a small gallery of the artist’s reworks, and see if you think simpler is better. Link –via ComicsAlliance

The Quick 10: The Last 10 Words of the 2011 Scripps Spelling Bee

Last week, eighth grader Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., clinched one of the longest-running Scripps National Spelling Bees ever by rattling off the correct letters of “Cymotrichous” with the same ease as if the judges had asked her to spell “cat.” In case your vocabulary isn’t quite as amazing as hers, here are [...]

Spell Along at Home!

If you’re watching the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee and want to play along at home, here are a few spelling quizzes we’ve run over the years. We should be doing regular spelling quizzes. Any topics you’d like to see covered?