May 31, 2019, 3:37 PM
Just a short entry until I get home. History was made at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee where they crowned 8 finalists co-champions after 4+ hours, 20 rounds and nearly 40 championship-level words without a miss. Among the 8 champions were 3 of my students: Sohum, Saketh and Rohan. So proud of their accomplishments. Will write about it fully when I get back home and things settle down. Amazing!
Jan 25, 2019, 3:21 PM
Ever wonder why spelling bees are even possible? Why is it that spelling is so difficult, and requires hours and hours of study to master? How is it that spellers misspell? Don’t most languages have rules that govern their spellings?
Jun 16, 2018, 7:50 AM
As a coach and a bee aficionado, I like to keep a close eye on the percentages and statistical trends that one finds through the careful analysis of words and their origins as they are given on the national stage. The 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee was incredible, both from an entertainment perspective and an analytical perspective, to say the least.
Jun 7, 2018, 8:51 PM
After almost a year-long hiatus from blogging, I’m finally back and excited to share spelling tips, word analysis and other orthographic information with you all again this summer! What better an occasion to start back on than the 91st annual Scripps National Spelling Bee
Jun 1, 2018, 4:56 PM
Wow what a week! Full story when I get home...
Sep 6, 2017, 6:17 AM
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend and volunteer at the Geospell Academic Olympiad in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by Geospell’s founder Vijay Reddy, the Olympiad was a two-day event with ten different subjects in which students could compete: math, science, geography, spelling, vocabulary, logical reasoning, technology, history, and general knowledge. The highlight of all these was, of course, the spelling bee
Aug 24, 2017, 11:32 PM
New Latin is a complex etymology with a rich history and a deceptive name that often confuses spellers. Of the 211 words given in this year’s SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee finals, 84 (40%) were of Latin and/or Greek origin. Of those 84 words, 30 were formally classified as New Latin. That’s just over ⅓ of all words of Greco-Roman origin asked in the bee, so clearly New Latin has a profound presence in our modern spelling bees. It is growing in frequency and it is important for spellers to grasp its patterns and rules.
Aug 21, 2017, 8:37 PM
2017 was one of the toughest years the spelling bee world has seen so far. Competition was fierce, as many spellers who had been rising through the ranks had reached their final year of eligibility, and all looked to seize the title of national champion. With the introduction of the tiebreaker test at the SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee, the stakes rose even higher.
Aug 11, 2017, 9:30 PM
Eponyms have always spelled trouble for spelling bee participants everywhere. The definition of an eponym is a word based on a proper name, often a person’s name or a place name. Because these words come from names, and names have no set rules or patterns that govern their spelling, spellers are often vexed when they receive an eponym on stage. Often times, eponymous words are near impossible to figure out if a speller hasn’t heard the word or the name it stems from before; they’re tricky and unpredictable. (click for full article)