Spelling Bee Winning Words

atkins-bookshelf-wordsAnsun Sujoe, a seventh-grader from Fort Worth Texas and Sriram Hathway, an eighth-grader from Painted Post, New York were crowned co-winners of the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28, 2014. It is the first time since 1962, that there has been a tie in the competition’s history (a tie also occurred in 1950 and 1957). Sujoe and Hathway spelled their way to victory, beating out 279 other spellers from eight countries, by correctly spelling all their words correctly, and then correctly spelling all 25 of the tie-breaker words. As often is the case in these competitions — the winning words were more arcane than any SAT words — even know-it-all Siri would be stumped. Below is the list of spelling bee winning words, and their definitions, from recent years.

2014
feuilleton: the section of a European newspaper that entertains the general reader
stichomythia: a dialogue in which two actors speak alternate lines of verse

2013
knaidel: a type of dumpling, also known as a matzo ball

2012
guetapens: an ambush or trap

2011
cymotrichous: having wavy hair

2010
stromuhr: a medical device that measures the speed of blood flow through an artery

2009
Laodicean: a person with a half-hearted attitude toward politics or religion

2008
guerdon: a reward

2007
serrefine: (yes, another medical device) small forceps used to clamp an artery

2006
Ursprache: a reconstructed language

2005
appoggiatura: a type of musical note

 

Read related posts: Why is it Called a Spelling Bee?

Rare Anatomy Words
Words Oddities: Fun with Vowels
What Rhymes with Orange

For further reading: spellingbee.com/bee-blog/bee/ansun-sriram-first-co-champions-52-years
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scripps_National_Spelling_Bee_champions

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