01 June 2007

Please spell: Winner!

The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee were last night.

The world of spelling has a new champ, 13 year-old Evan O'Dorney from California, who correctly spelled "serrefine" to win the national bee.

As usual, the bee featured some doozies of words like "clevis," "genizah," "partitur," "zacate" and "girolle." (Bonus points to anyone who knows what these words mean without turning to dictionary.com or the OED).

This year's bee had 286 contestants, the greatest number of spellers in the event ever.

Pretty cool to see that many kids showing an interest in words.

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