Last night, 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, rocking rectangular glasses and a smooth bowl cut, won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling the word “koinonia,” meaning “communion.” The runner-up, Naysa Modi, was felled by the arguably much more difficult word “bewusstseinslage,”…
Edith Fuller is a six year old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the tender age of five. What, precisely, were you doing at age five? Think about it for a sec. Probably not this.
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.
When I tell people I was in the National Spelling Bee, it’s always with a weird self-deprecating “I’m such a nerd” kind of tone, but the truth is—it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
Far be it from me to question the spelling prowess of Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe, but they must have been coached for this Urban Dictory Spelling Bee segment. Otherwise, how would either of them know to spell "cleptopenia" without a k?
Not gonna lie: when I think of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, neither Kelis nor her songs ever cross my mind. But all that has changed now. When Sriram Hathwar was asked to spell "Feijoada," (which I learned was a Brazilian stew-type dish) he asked for the word to be used in a sentence. Pretty typical. But…
Congratulations to Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar! The two teenagers are the winners of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, marking the first time the event has resulted in a tie in 52 years.
This week, 281 smartie pantses (I'm sure one of them knows how to properly pluralize that) between the ages of 8 and 15 from across the country competed in the rounds leading up to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Here are some of their adorable, smart faces.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee Facebook page blows up Justin Timberlake's spot as a 14-year-old speller in a Memphis competition. He lost on "wharf." It's all been downhill from there.
Displaying more of the general cool he maintained during the entire competition, New York's Arvind Mahankali, age 13, won Thursday night's Scripps Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word for "knaidel," which is the Yiddish word for "dumpling."
Now that we’re all happily up to our necks in nerd shit, a former national spelling champion has returned to remind us that being a self-avowed nerd wasn’t always cool. In fact, it used to be quite uncool.
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,…
Aspiring competitive spellers, take note: this AP story on 14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati, the year's Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, is simply awesome. Here are some tips on how to take home one of the nerdiest trophies ever (and we mean "nerdiest" in a totally envious, very good way, obviously):
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.
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…
The Scripps National Spelling Bee ran late tonight when the last five contestants spelled 21 consecutive words without a miss. Finally, each botched a word, leaving only 14-year-old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. Roy took home $40,000 in cash and prizes after correctly spelling cymotrichous,…