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(CNN)   14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati wins Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling Snigdha Nandipati   (cnn.com) divider line 51
    More: Cool, National Spelling Bee, Scripps, San Diego, Merriam-Webster  
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2012-06-01 09:00:37 AM  
She's no Rebecca Sealfon
 
2012-06-01 09:56:10 AM  
quizilla.teennick.com
*golfclap* for the headline
 
2012-06-01 09:59:12 AM  
It's pronounced Naughty Potty. I snickered like a child when I heard it on the news.
 
2012-06-01 10:46:51 AM  
Snigdha, please!
 
2012-06-01 10:47:32 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: She's no Rebecca Sealfon


YO YO YO Snighdha, Imma let you finish, but.....
 
2012-06-01 10:48:41 AM  
Naga...naga....not gonna be working here anymore.
 
2012-06-01 10:50:32 AM  
Her friends just call her Snigs
 
2012-06-01 10:51:56 AM  
patty

farm1.static.flickr.com
 
2012-06-01 10:52:29 AM  

The Smails Kid: Naga...naga....not gonna be working here anymore.


That was my first thought too.

Na-ga-ee-nana-jad. It's not that hard! :P
 
2012-06-01 10:53:03 AM  
Smart AND hot! She's the compleat package.
 
2012-06-01 10:58:11 AM  
But can she spell Amercia?

politibits.blogs.tuscaloosanews.com
 
2012-06-01 10:58:12 AM  
Nahasa.. pasa.. Moe. Just Moe.
 
2012-06-01 11:03:06 AM  
Smegma?
 
2012-06-01 11:04:14 AM  

Jument: Smegma?


Smegal?
 
2012-06-01 11:04:15 AM  
When I talked to her at the Dell support desk, she called herself Sally (or that's what it sounded like).
+1 Subby
 
2012-06-01 11:04:54 AM  
They should hold this thing in Calcutta, clearly that's where the best English spellers are from.

/5 for 5!
 
2012-06-01 11:06:49 AM  
Let's be honest.

Ain't many of us in here that could spell 'guetapens'.
 
2012-06-01 11:07:12 AM  
Wendy The Mogwai" Guey would do some schoolin on this chick.
 
2012-06-01 11:07:17 AM  
Sounds like she did the needful
 
2012-06-01 11:09:00 AM  

Witchyman: Ain't many of us in here that could spell 'guetapens'.


I can!

G...U...E...T...A...P...E...N...I...S

/am I right?
 
2012-06-01 11:13:11 AM  
That trophy will look nice in their motel lobby.
 
2012-06-01 11:17:52 AM  
"g-u-e-t-a-p-e-n-s....Thank you, come again!"
 
2012-06-01 11:26:02 AM  
Sweet! another San Diego girl chalks up a win in this thing.

Go lil speller go!
 
2012-06-01 11:33:01 AM  
I lost my excitement for spelling bees since they started using all them foreign words.
 
2012-06-01 11:35:20 AM  

lenfromak: I lost my excitement for spelling bees since they started using all them foreign words.


Yeah, I prefer "carhole" over "garage"
 
2012-06-01 11:40:16 AM  
Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?
 
2012-06-01 11:45:37 AM  

Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?


Yep, why dew we knead spelling contests when spell checkers exist out in the whirled? This is an archaic competition and their are a lot more important things that can bee dun with our thyme!
 
2012-06-01 11:50:27 AM  
I laughed when Sage was trying to interview the wrong Indian girl.
 
2012-06-01 12:07:38 PM  
I've been watching this for years. Why is everyone afraid to state the obvious?
Kids of Indian descent DOMINATE spelling contests and have for years. it's like Kenyans and marathons. Would it be "racist" to casually mention once "You know, Mary, this is the 14th consecutive year that 70% of the finalists are of Indian descent. Now, next up is young..."
 
2012-06-01 12:10:26 PM  

Witchyman: Let's be honest.

Ain't many of us in here that could spell 'guetapens'.


We would if we had helicopter parents, including a mom with a PhD who gave up working to raise her children, and were drilled for hours a day on how to spell obscure words beginning at age four or five.

A friend with parents who are Indian immigrants said that her mom would make her do an hour of math problems before she could go out an play- and this was when she was hosting a friend for a sleep over. The friends' parents are both medical doctors, but her mom quit working when she was born. The friend is an attorney who quit working when she got married.

Somehow, spelling bees and geography bees have become prestige events for Indian immigrants and homeschoolers. Probably in part because if you take a reasonably intelligent kid with a decent memory and just drill and drill information for regurgitation, you can accomplish a lot. Normally raised kids aren't going to be asked to put three or four hours a day for years into this.
 
2012-06-01 12:13:33 PM  

Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?


Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.
 
2012-06-01 12:26:05 PM  
- reads article -

Those aren't real words!

/Not 'Merican words, at least.
// M-O-O-N, that spells moon.
 
2012-06-01 12:39:59 PM  
Nice headline!
 
2012-06-01 12:51:03 PM  

Jument: Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?

Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.


ts2.mm.bing.net

/learned in the 5th grade
//off my lawn
 
2012-06-01 01:10:41 PM  
Snigdha please.
 
2012-06-01 01:17:51 PM  

Jument: Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?

Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.


I'm just saying that I'd rather see a math/science bee than a rote memorization bee.
 
2012-06-01 01:25:22 PM  

Carn: Jument: Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?

Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.

I'm just saying that I'd rather see a math/science bee than a rote memorization bee.


I don't think kids memorize every single world in the dictionary blind. I think they look at a lot of words, probably picking up some definitions along the way, and learn how to spell by extrapolation. Maybe it's not the greatest learning exercise ever but I think good spellers learn a lot more than rote memorization. It beats playing video games or watching TV.
 
2012-06-01 01:36:11 PM  
I'm more impressed she got passed this guetapens...
cache.gawker.com
 
2012-06-01 01:40:37 PM  

Jument: Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?

Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.


Touche!
 
2012-06-01 01:44:40 PM  

Jument: Carn: Jument: Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?

Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.

I'm just saying that I'd rather see a math/science bee than a rote memorization bee.

I don't think kids memorize every single world in the dictionary blind. I think they look at a lot of words, probably picking up some definitions along the way, and learn how to spell by extrapolation. Maybe it's not the greatest learning exercise ever but I think good spellers learn a lot more than rote memorization. It beats playing video games or watching TV.


Good point. Etymology is a good thing to learn. I'd still rather see a calculus bee though.
 
2012-06-01 01:52:42 PM  

Carn: I'd still rather see a calculus bee though.


I don't think the spelling bee exactly dominated the ratings, I can only imagine how the calculus bee would do.
 
2012-06-01 02:01:37 PM  

flaminio: Snigdha, please!


DAMMIT!
 
2012-06-01 02:06:25 PM  

The Muthaship: Carn: I'd still rather see a calculus bee though.

I don't think the spelling bee exactly dominated the ratings, I can only imagine how the calculus bee would do.


Maybe they could show it on The Ocho.
 
2012-06-01 02:17:06 PM  

Carn: Jument: Carn: Jument: Carn: Didn't spellcheckers make this contest obsolete about 30 years ago?

Yes, in the same way the abacus made doing math in your head obsolete about 2600 years ago.

I'm just saying that I'd rather see a math/science bee than a rote memorization bee.

I don't think kids memorize every single world in the dictionary blind. I think they look at a lot of words, probably picking up some definitions along the way, and learn how to spell by extrapolation. Maybe it's not the greatest learning exercise ever but I think good spellers learn a lot more than rote memorization. It beats playing video games or watching TV.

Good point. Etymology is a good thing to learn. I'd still rather see a calculus bee though.


Spelling bee: I'd rather watch paint dry.
Calculus bee: I'd rather stab myself in the eye with a stick.

But yes, I agree with your on principle. :) I think there are math Olympics and stuff. I used to take part in a yearly programming competition. It just doesn't make for good television.
 
2012-06-01 02:37:11 PM  
The finals were carried live on ESPN. What did the sports bars have on?
 
2012-06-01 02:49:35 PM  
Am I the only person who immediately thought of former NPR correspondent Snigdha Prakash?

www.pharmalot.com

we miss you snigdha!
 
2012-06-01 04:19:51 PM  

Get Your Dick Out Of My Food: Am I the only person who immediately thought of former NPR correspondent Snigdha Prakash?


Yes.
 
2012-06-01 05:24:14 PM  
I heard somewhere this kid studied words for 12 hours a day, everyday. Sounds like a great childhood.
 
2012-06-01 06:00:24 PM  

texophilia: That trophy will look nice in their motel lobby.


I know we all look the same to you, but North Indians tend to own businesses, whereas predominantly South Indian immigrants have been doctors and computer programmers. Her dad created a program for her to learn some of the words. The top three finalists this year were South Indian -- the Tiger mom has nothing on Indian parents.

/From the dirty south.
//Have Tiger parents.
 
2012-06-01 09:05:02 PM  

Burr: Sounds like she did the needful


I love you
 
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