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(ESPN)   Will the Comfort Room be used? Which entrant was told not to come home if they didn't win? How do you spell "Onomatopoeia"? It's the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, semifinals at 10 AM on ESPN 2, with Finals at 8 PM on ESPN   (espn.go.com ) divider line
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2012-05-31 04:31:51 AM  
*sigh*

Former participant, '96 through '98. I'm the kid who went "d'oh!" after missing his word in '97, which ESPN will inevitably show.

/thank God YouTube didn't exist back then
 
2012-05-31 04:33:31 AM  

Twitch Boy: *sigh*

Former participant, '96 through '98. I'm the kid who went "d'oh!" after missing his word in '97, which ESPN will inevitably show.

/thank God YouTube didn't exist back then


Did you make it onto Cheap Seats?
 
2012-05-31 04:38:32 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Twitch Boy: *sigh*

Former participant, '96 through '98. I'm the kid who went "d'oh!" after missing his word in '97, which ESPN will inevitably show.

/thank God YouTube didn't exist back then

Did you make it onto Cheap Seats?


Pretty sure I did. Haven't bothered to look and confirm (and I don't really want to *blush*)
 
2012-05-31 05:05:03 AM  

Twitch Boy: FirstNationalBastard: Twitch Boy: *sigh*

Former participant, '96 through '98. I'm the kid who went "d'oh!" after missing his word in '97, which ESPN will inevitably show.

/thank God YouTube didn't exist back then

Did you make it onto Cheap Seats?

Pretty sure I did. Haven't bothered to look and confirm (and I don't really want to *blush*)


I always loved the Cheap Seats spelling bee episodes. Those things just seem... well... really farking weird. Like, backstage, the home school parents are whipping the children and telling them not to come home if they misspell something, and that Mommy and Daddy and Jesus hate a loser.

...and then that one girl that spelled into her hands and had the crazy eyes, and won... which was the '97 bee.

/she grew up to be kinda cute, though...
 
2012-05-31 05:32:11 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Twitch Boy: FirstNationalBastard: Twitch Boy: *sigh*

Former participant, '96 through '98. I'm the kid who went "d'oh!" after missing his word in '97, which ESPN will inevitably show.

/thank God YouTube didn't exist back then

Did you make it onto Cheap Seats?

Pretty sure I did. Haven't bothered to look and confirm (and I don't really want to *blush*)

I always loved the Cheap Seats spelling bee episodes. Those things just seem... well... really farking weird. Like, backstage, the home school parents are whipping the children and telling them not to come home if they misspell something, and that Mommy and Daddy and Jesus hate a loser.

...and then that one girl that spelled into her hands and had the crazy eyes, and won... which was the '97 bee.

/she grew up to be kinda cute, though...


I witnessed her win live. I was at the far back of the auditorium and it was loud. "EUONYM!" *crowd of techs collectively shiat a brick and begin pulling mic cords* Hyperactive, yes, but a VERY intelligent lady.

One of the reasons for the whispering into the hands, finger writing, air-typing, etc. was pretty simple: once you utter a letter into the microphone, it's etched in stone. You cannot take it back, period. You can stop and start over if you have a brain fart, but you can't change/add/remove any letters you've already said. So one mental or tongue slip and you're toast. Combine that with being an energetic nerved-up kid on coast-to-coast TV, and you better make damn certain you're visualizing the word correctly and your brain and your mouth are on the same page. That's what a lot of those behaviors were, calming rituals. Same with the asking every question every time: calm yourself down and prepare to spell correctly, and to make 100 percent sure you're thinking of the correct word as well.

And yes, the "disown your kid for not winning everything" stories were sometimes true. I'd rather not discuss any further. Just too much ick potential there.

Going to bed now, probably won't be around for most of the morning (silly Alaska time.)
 
2012-05-31 10:24:21 AM  
Seriously? A spelling bee on ESPN? Why not that once upon a time larnin' channel?
 
2012-05-31 10:27:25 AM  
How do you spell "Onomatopoeia"?

Onomatopoeia

/duh.
 
2012-05-31 10:27:31 AM  
Scripps? Better hope there ain't no Sbloods nearby. That would be bad.
 
2012-05-31 10:28:49 AM  
Rebecca Sealfon, I remember her well.

Batsh*t crazy homeshooler, had to sit in the 'comfort room' between words' because the podium was too much for her, spoke unintelligibly and faster than a legal disclaimer reader. Basically assaulted the guy awarding the trophy. So awesome.
 
2012-05-31 10:31:14 AM  
I'm still bitter about getting "elephant" wrong when I was a qualifying round in my classroom in third grade, just for the friendly competition against other classes.

God damn it. It's an F sound, why isn't it spelled with F?
To my grave I will carry my hatred of the word 'elephant".
 
2012-05-31 10:33:30 AM  
Sorry, Hunter. That's not the code word anymore.
 
2012-05-31 10:33:52 AM  
But will the Spellmaster be poisoned by the Czech kid's father? Will a psychic be assigned to the case?
 
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2012-05-31 10:34:12 AM  
your word is Dipsyldiphibia

definition please

Dipsyldiphibia is a hard word to spell.......
 
2012-05-31 10:34:41 AM  
 
2012-05-31 10:36:01 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: I'm still bitter about getting "elephant" wrong when I was a qualifying round in my classroom in third grade, just for the friendly competition against other classes.

God damn it. It's an F sound, why isn't it spelled with F?
To my grave I will carry my hatred of the word 'elephant".


That's why I spell it "heffalump".
 
2012-05-31 10:52:26 AM  

FirstNationalBastard:
...and then that one girl that spelled into her hands and had the crazy eyes, and won... which was the '97 bee.

/she grew up to be kinda cute, though...


Very cute. I remember seeing it and how it was a big deal because she was homeschooled. For a brief moment, I was excited about a spelling competition.


Twitch Boy: And yes, the "disown your kid for not winning everything" stories were sometimes true. I'd rather not discuss any further. Just too much ick potential there.


Only winners get hugs.
 
2012-05-31 11:03:59 AM  
came for cyril figgis, leaving disappointed.

i would do the image search myself but archer pictures are considered nsfw around here :(
 
2012-05-31 11:06:46 AM  
Chrissy Peterson from 'the Death Zone' projected to win it all.
 
2012-05-31 11:23:20 AM  
You know... I'm actually happy that ESPN shows this! I wish they showed the NatGeo Bee too...

Raising two daughters who are sports crazy, it's nice to show them the balance of "competitions" ;)
 
2012-05-31 11:47:50 AM  
these kids must be going through some emotional agony
 
2012-05-31 11:50:54 AM  
The is probably no less impressive "academic feat" than winning a spelling bee, especially in English. There are no rules, no rhyme or reason to how well spell words in English because we're a bastard tounge with three completely separate language families at our base (Gaelic, Romance and Germanic) and shot through with foreign words we adopted at our convenience, and a scientific vocabulary self-consciously ripped from Greek and Latin.

You need no further proof of how insane the English language is than the sentence "The tough coughs as he ploughs the dough"

Now if these kids were competing in a Vocabulary bee I'd be massively impressed with them. But spelling? It's just showing off a mixture of luck and brute force rote memorization
 
2012-05-31 12:07:01 PM  
I remember those days. Back in elementary and middle school, I managed to make it to the state rounds of both the spelling and geography bees. It's one thing to win at the school level, but once you get past that, you're basically going up against a bunch of borderline autistics and kids of obsessive homeschool parents. I was the kid who watched a shiatload of news and Jeopardy, going up against these kids whose parents had hired college professors to privately train them for the competition. I knew I was farked from the minute I walked in the building.
 
2012-05-31 12:22:42 PM  
If some kid pukes or faints I'll be interested, but only enough to watch the clip on youtube tomorrow
 
2012-05-31 12:44:51 PM  
NO ONE can beat the Rebecca Sealfon episode. Crazy nuts and hilarious.
 
2012-05-31 01:52:52 PM  
ya think with a name like Kavyapranati Pratapa, they can spell anything
 
2012-05-31 02:48:49 PM  

expobill: ya think with a name like Kavyapranati Pratapa, they can spell anything


Try to have her spell "Kyrgyzstan".

Vowels vs Anti-Vowels the battle for the ages.
 
2012-05-31 02:49:30 PM  

Alassra: You know... I'm actually happy that ESPN shows this! I wish they showed the NatGeo Bee too...

Raising two daughters who are sports crazy, it's nice to show them the balance of "competitions" ;)


If you get the Nat Geo channel they did actually air that
 
2012-05-31 03:15:01 PM  
Onomatopoeia has always been my favorite word, ever since I was a kid. Just because it's fun to say.

/does having a favorite word make me weird?
//any other farkers have a favorite word?
///I also have a favorite word in spanish - izquierda
////slashies
 
2012-05-31 05:50:56 PM  
I was sponsored for TF in last year's spelling bee thread. However, Mexican ESPN unfortunately doesn't show the Spelling Bee and my Internet's way too slow to stream that shiat. However, looking back at that thread reminded me of some odd words that I should try to work into daily conversation:

Geophagy: the practice of eating dirt
Omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one's bellybutton
 
2012-05-31 06:04:34 PM  

PastaFazoole: Onomatopoeia has always been my favorite word, ever since I was a kid. Just because it's fun to say.



How do you feel about "Bulbous", "bouffant", "blubber" "macadamia" or "gazebo"?
 
2012-05-31 07:21:59 PM  

I Have The Touch of a Shocked Monkey: Omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one's bellybutton


That, sir, is a fantastic word.
Some I enjoy are "epicaricacy" (a [Greco-]English equivalent of "schadenfreude") and "passalorynchite" (one who takes a vow of silence).

PastaFazoole: /does having a favorite word make me weird?
//any other farkers have a favorite word?
///I also have a favorite word in spanish - izquierda
////slashies


Be proud of your logophilia. It is a very fine quality!
Izquierda is one of my favorites also. It comes from Basque, IIRC.
I like the sound of madrugada.

/spelling bee contestant lo these many moons ago
//only made it to states
 
2012-06-01 09:18:40 AM  
Ab cadecki jekyle minop kerstew iks is!
 
2012-06-01 10:37:28 AM  
lohphat: Ab cadecki jekyle minop kerstew iks is!

It's the most remarkable word I've ever seen!
 
2012-06-03 05:54:32 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: PastaFazoole: Onomatopoeia has always been my favorite word, ever since I was a kid. Just because it's fun to say.

How do you feel about "Bulbous", "bouffant", "blubber" "macadamia" or "gazebo"?


Bulbous - makes me think of noses...ugh
Bouffant - sounds pretentious
Blubber - Now I'm blubbering because I can't work up any feelings about this word
Macadamia - this one is a fun word to say, and even better if I'm eating macadamias while saying it
Gazebo - sounds like it should be an insult rather than a backyard object..."Don't act like such a gazebo!"
 
2012-06-03 06:01:49 PM  

Inchoate:
PastaFazoole: /does having a favorite word make me weird?
//any other farkers have a favorite word?
///I also have a favorite word in spanish - izquierda
////slashies

Be proud of your logophilia. It is a very fine quality!
Izquierda is one of my favorites also. It comes from Basque, IIRC.
I like the sound of madrugada.

/spelling bee contestant lo these many moons ago
//only made it to states


ooooh...madrugada, I like that one too, though I am definitely not a madrugadora! I'll have to add that one to my list.
 
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