6-Year-Old Genius Ends Spelling Bee Reign, Stumbles on 'Ingluvies'

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Lori Anne Madison, the 6-year-old baby genius who made history as the youngest contestant ever to be made eligible for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, was eliminated from the competition yesterday (just shy of the semifinals round) after misspelling the word ingluvies.

I know what you're thinking*: "Haha, what a dummy! Also, what is an ingluvies?" An ingluvies is a part of the esophagus found in birds, mollusks and insects.


(Fun fact: I've misspelled both "ingluvies" and "esophagus" while writing this piece, which means Lori Anne could probably do this job better than I can. Thank god for child labor laws.)

Lori Anne, though clearly disappointed, seems to take the idea of losing in stride, reminding us that, as the youngest Scripps contestant ever, she still has 8 more years to compete. Knock 'em dead, kid.

*Disclaimer: No one thinks you think this. Contrary to the words of Robert Palmer, your mind is quite your own.


'Ingluvies' Foils 6-Year-Old's Spelling Bee Run [Newser]
6-Year-Old Spelling Bee Competitor Eliminated [GMA]

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Violet Baudelaire

If there's one thing I'm taking from the comments here, it's that we all have that one word that haunts us still that we missed in a spelling bee.

My was squadron. I spelled it squardon out of nerves and overconfidence, after spelling a lot harder words AND I'VE NEVER FORGIVEN MYSELF.

God, it's good to get that out.