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(MSNBC)   Thirteen-year-old Texas boy wins National Spelling Bee. School bullies are p-o-c-o-c-u-r-a-n-t-e to this achievement, will still beat c-r-a-p out of him   ( divider line
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2003-05-30 07:52:07 AM  
Pococurante? We don't have none of your fancy book learnin' here.
2003-05-30 07:55:16 AM  
2003-05-30 08:00:00 AM  
why is it called a bee ?
/weird merkin culture
2003-05-30 08:01:23 AM  
Pronunciation: 'pO-kO-kyu-'ran-tE, -ku-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Italian poco curante caring little
Date: 1815
2003-05-30 08:02:07 AM  
Nike may have gotten LeBron, but this kid is strictly a Bausch & Lomb athlete. Pearl Vision tried, but B & L was too aggressive. Screw his amateur status, this kid is heading right to professional spelling, so stop biatching- you'd do the same, and you're just jealous!

/Yes, I know that the kid isn't wearing glasses. Yet.
2003-05-30 08:02:28 AM  
that's just f-u-k-e-n great.
2003-05-30 08:06:24 AM  
Pococurante, I love that farkin word.
2003-05-30 08:06:40 AM  
ding ding
2003-05-30 08:08:08 AM  
what no home schooling damn

I heard on the news this morning that he plans on spending his money on video games and not going to college I salute you little buddy
2003-05-30 08:09:19 AM  

LMAO!! Ditto.
2003-05-30 08:09:57 AM  
I am just glad he learned to use his voice hole so well
2003-05-30 08:10:23 AM  
Go Texas! I won my school's third grade spelling bee, but then my grandma gave me 5 dollars to spell for her friends, and the NCAA pulled my amateur status.
2003-05-30 08:14:13 AM  
O'doyle rules!
2003-05-30 08:14:35 AM  
Still missing from the bee: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Also still missing: Any chance of the "winners" getting laid (that's where the 12k should go, if you ask me).
2003-05-30 08:16:17 AM  

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2003-05-30 08:16:20 AM  
Those spelling bees have to resort to using foreign words to trip up the whiz kids? They should stick to english words.
2003-05-30 08:18:01 AM  
cinihilipili....hehehe, that sounds funny. GOLD, Jerry, GOLD!
2003-05-30 08:18:47 AM  
Without looking it up (and I'm not sure where to look) I'm gonna guess that "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" means "Fine-Volcanic-Dust-Cough"?
2003-05-30 08:24:04 AM  
Pretty much, yeh. It is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word."

BTW, someone has registered
2003-05-30 08:26:31 AM  
I read somewhere that they have added bootylicious to the dictionary.
2003-05-30 08:28:17 AM  

That's just great. My husband has been blasting rock quarry's for 25 years. How in the hell am I supposed to pronounce this one to him?
2003-05-30 08:34:47 AM  
Where the hell did spelling bee's come from? They had this crap on espn yesterday, is this from some form of plea bargain? Sport I think not! Worse than televised golf. Now the aerobics competition, that is a different story.

/unless it is dudes
2003-05-30 08:37:00 AM
2003-05-30 08:40:13 AM  
I can spell b-o-o-b-i-e-s, yet there are none to bee found. What up wit dat?
2003-05-30 08:40:19 AM  
Your word is bling-bling. Please spell bling-bling.

Can you use it in a sentence please?
2003-05-30 08:42:19 AM  
That was the most exciting sporting even ever... whew.. wait.. I watched Tim Duncan play basketball not some spelling bee... does this get ratings?
2003-05-30 08:42:37 AM  
"Please bling-bling me the fl-flied lice," said Asian Rainman.
2003-05-30 08:48:30 AM  
Does anybody else think that the Fark Personals are making the main page either uglier or stupider?
2003-05-30 08:48:54 AM  
GoodyearPimp: 'Pretty much, yeh. It is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust' but occurring chiefly as an instance of a very long word." '

Damn, it's not in my Oxford English Reference Dictionary. I'm sadly disappointed. I had come to trust my dictionary and it has let me down. The thumb indices just do no make up for this short-coming. What's a spelling nazi to do?o
2003-05-30 08:51:16 AM  
Hey, everybody, stop and look at DariusMDeV! He's got this COOL new thing where he makes fun of Farkers who make fun of the personals -- that rawks dude! Awesome!

(PS, you're as bad an attention-whore as anybody else here.)
2003-05-30 08:52:01 AM  
He has a fine furure as a fark spelling Nazi.
2003-05-30 08:53:37 AM  
however, the old OED did come to the rescue on "bee":

a meeting for communal work or amusement e.g. flaming bee
2003-05-30 08:54:06 AM  
DariusMDeV learned how to cut and paste!!!

which way did they go? Which way did they go?
2003-05-30 08:58:47 AM  
Great tag!
2003-05-30 09:06:10 AM  
Clever headline.
2003-05-30 09:07:59 AM  
Not if he reads Fark. The Bully Thread of a few days ago proved that everybody on this site is a Bona Fide Kung-Fu Hero.
2003-05-30 09:13:54 AM  
Yeah, but does he believe in ultaantidisestablishmentarianism?
2003-05-30 09:22:49 AM  
05-30-03 09:07:59 AM PonchtheJedi

Not if he reads Fark. The Bully Thread of a few days ago proved that everybody on this site is a Bona Fide Kung-Fu Hero.

Not everybody, ninjas don't use Kung-Fu.
2003-05-30 09:22:54 AM  
antidisestablishmentarianism (n): A group of beliefs against the people who disagree with the establishment.

/4th grade
2003-05-30 09:22:55 AM  
but the chinese kid will still beat the crap out of him in the world spelling bee.

they're different from regular kids...they spend all day learning how to spell (apparently in english). the government gives them special drugs that make them into....not kids....but spelling machines.

/south park
2003-05-30 09:24:11 AM  
The name for the Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Dahlemense Strain

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2003-05-30 09:24:58 AM  
Brings back bad memories. When I was a rotten little know-it-all 6th-grader, I made it to the final two of my elementary school Spelling Bee, up against fat Denise Andrews. I got the word "advisor", but I spelled it "adviser". BAAAHH. Wrong.

Afterwards, I looked it up in the really big dictionary and sure enough, it said "adviser" IS AN ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE SPELLING.

Outraged, I biatched and moaned to everyone involved, but they were all... pococurante on me, baby. No one cared.

I hope Denise Andrews is up to 400 lbs. and living in a trailer park and that crooked Bee was the high point of her life.

2003-05-30 09:25:17 AM  
That's meant to be one word... I cheated by googling/copy/pasting rather than typing the whole thing out from Schott's Original Miscellany.
2003-05-30 09:48:46 AM  
Technology is making spelling less and less important in the modern world. Just think how p1ssed off all these kids will be when they realize they've wasted valuable hours of their childhood on a skill rendered obsolete by some toolbar icon.
2003-05-30 09:54:51 AM  
And the insight comment of the thread award goes to Persnickety...
2003-05-30 09:55:14 AM  
Did anyone catch the math problems competition during the spelling bee halftime yesterday? There was this cute junior high girl reciting digits of pi.

2003-05-30 09:59:53 AM  
insightful even
2003-05-30 10:00:34 AM  
Kudos to the poster...Awesome headline.
2003-05-30 10:04:57 AM  
2003-05-30 10:25:02 AM  
If you get the chance, check out "SPELLBOUND", a new documentary on the National Spelling Bee. It follows eight(?) of the finalists from their local competition to the Nationals and also their families and backgrounds. Seriously, it's fun and interesting and even suspensful. It's been playing in NYC for about a month and is constantly sold out.
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