The Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year Is an Emoji

For years, the OED went at least somewhat dignified with their new “words of the year” selections. In 2014 they selected “vape”; in 2013 it was “selfie”—two words we’d all dutifully added to our daily lives. But times are hard. So hard that the Dictionary’s celebrated addition this year is just... a picture. »11/16/15 7:00pm11/16/15 7:00pm


Queens-Based Spelling Wunderkind Has One Last Shot at the National Bee

Arvind Mahankali was barely five years old when he first set out to win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, though of course, it took him about four years to actually make it there. Arvind first competed in the competition at the age of nine (he was eliminated on the word "Presa") and has returned every year since,… »3/22/13 12:10pm3/22/13 12:10pm

6-Year-Old Girl Preps for Scripps Spelling Bee Debut as Youngest Contestant Ever

At only six-years-old, Virginia girl Lori Anne Madison has become the youngest person to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in its entire 87-year history. Madison began reading at the age of two and has been taught at home by her professor mother since being told that she was too "advanced to attend" her… »5/29/12 10:50am5/29/12 10:50am