Ansun 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.
feuilleton: the section of a European newspaper that entertains the general reader
stichomythia: a dialogue in which two actors speak alternate lines of verse
knaidel: a type of dumpling, also known as a matzo ball
guetapens: an ambush or trap
cymotrichous: having wavy hair
stromuhr: a medical device that measures the speed of blood flow through an artery
Laodicean: a person with a half-hearted attitude toward politics or religion
guerdon: a reward
serrefine: (yes, another medical device) small forceps used to clamp an artery
Ursprache: a reconstructed language
appoggiatura: a type of musical note
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