This First Grader's Spelling Worksheet Will Both Scar and Amuse You

I like kids, but one of the biggest challenges I can envision having when I adopt some tiny Marklings of my own (those will be their names and they will have numbers also) is that that they'll come home with an assignment that looks just like this one, with a mistake that turns an innocent word into a mortifying… » 8/27/14 12:04am 8/27/14 12:04am

Charter School Ad Mistakenly Asks Readers If They’re Interested in…

If you're a grammarian, a self-styled "grammar nerd," a teacher who has read over the course of your career one too many student essays with "yours" masquerading as "you'res," or your (good — you're paying attention!) one of the many helpful do-gooders who've pointed out in the past that we on these imaginary digital… » 12/12/12 10:25pm 12/12/12 10:25pm

Idiot Vandals Paint the Word ‘Bicth’ on Woman’s Car

A woman in York City, Penn. found some unpleasant, albeit hilarious, graffiti stenciled all over her SUV, including the word "bicth," as in the non-idiot word "bitch," in white paint on the the driver's side door. Even though it might seem a little difficult to make a careless spelling error when you're moving at the… » 9/18/12 4:30pm 9/18/12 4:30pm

Mitt Romney Campaign Loves Ronald Reagan So Much that they Misspelled…

This first time the Romney campaign misspelled something important ("Amercia"), I chalked it up to an embarrassing (hilarious) oversight by some poor intern who was probably fired afterward and ran home crying to his McMansion in the outskirts of Provo. The second time the campaign released something flashy and… » 6/07/12 1:20pm 6/07/12 1:20pm

Starbucks Marks the Opening of Its First Fancy Juice Bar With an…

We first learned about Starbucks's plan for World Juice Domination back in November when they purchased juice company Evolution Fresh. Now, lo these many months later, the first Evolution Fresh store has opened in Bellevue, Washington, and, well, it sort of looks like what you'd get if a Whole Foods and a Starbucks… » 3/19/12 9:00pm 3/19/12 9:00pm

Girl Genius: Meet the Amazing 6-Year-Old Who's Headed to National…

What were you doing when you were six? Learning to spell words like "train" and "family"? Well, can you spell "underachiever"? You can if you're Lori Anne Madison, a six-year-old from Woodbridge, Virginia who is on her way to the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. Madison, who is believed to be the youngest… » 3/13/12 11:55pm 3/13/12 11:55pm

Find Yourself A Husband With Words With Friends

A couple who met when they were randomly matched for a game of Words with Friends has taken their spelling-based relationship up a jillion notches by getting married. This means that a game so good it practically landed Alec Baldwin on the No Fly List is now responsible for just as many intact marriages as Kris… » 1/05/12 1:55pm 1/05/12 1:55pm

13-Year-Old Kansas Girl Wins Spelling Bee

Last night, Kavya Shivashankar, an aspiring neurosurgeon from Olathe, Kansas, took home the trophy at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. At the age of 13, this was her last chance to win the title. » 5/29/09 9:30am 5/29/09 9:30am

Awesome Moment From Daytime TV

The lovely young woman at left is Kavya Shivashankar, who you may remember from this post. Anyway, Kavya - and a group of other smart, spirited young Americans - just finished up the Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminaries...and we've got a cute clip. (Added bonus: Kavya's sister makes an appearance.) » 5/28/09 2:30pm 5/28/09 2:30pm

Kanye Wasn't In Threesome With Madge; Jennifer Wears A $10K Wig


Although fourteen-year-old Yulkendy Valdez moved to the United States from her native Dominican Republic less than four years ago knowing no English, this year she will be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! [NPR] » 5/07/09 4:20pm 5/07/09 4:20pm

Madonna Doesn't Spend Time With Her Kids; Terrence Could Flee Prison…

Sic: Is The Econnomy Creating A Genneration Of Speling Bee-Otches?

“When I go through and mark up a menu, I’m not doing it to humiliate the person... I just want them to know so they don’t look uneducated." Is this persnickety dame a recession casualty? » 2/03/09 1:00pm 2/03/09 1:00pm

Bad Spellers Of The World, Untie! Unite! And Then Blame Your DNA

We all have our trap words: for some, it's "immediately," for others, "definitely," and for yours truly, as some of you may have seen before I've jumped back into the editing tool to fix it, the word "judgment" is a tricky one, as well. Even the best spellers get tripped up sometimes, and even exceptionally… » 10/25/08 2:00pm 10/25/08 2:00pm

Christina Applegate Is 100% Cancer-Free