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2013-05-31 09:45:21 AM  
Spell "youvewastedyourlifestudyinguselessshiat" that's "youvewastedyourlifestudyinguselessshiat". Definition? Ok. You should have been studying math or science or anything else than bullshiat that your computer can automatically fxi.
 
2013-05-31 09:48:04 AM  
Of that list I think I would have gotten sorites, menhir, roscian, and prosopopoeia since those are words I actually know. The rest would be a total crap shoot.
 
2013-05-31 09:49:44 AM  
Alright, I'm coming out with it.

As I have long suspected, they're just making sh*t up.
 
2013-05-31 09:56:10 AM  
The only time I ever competed I got knocked out at the classroom level on my very first word: jeans. I didn't ask for it to be used in a sentence and I spelled it genes.

That's why I'm such a virulent homophonic today.
 
2013-05-31 10:23:35 AM  
I made it to the state spelling bee when I was in eighth grade. I was eliminated in the first round, though. The word was "wanton". I spelled it like the soup.

The next year I had an English teacher who let each student in the class be in charge of the vocabulary words for the week. I decided to be a dick and pick the longest words I could find. Everyone in that class had to learn how to spell floccinaucinihilipilification.
 
2013-05-31 10:35:15 AM  
I love obscure words. I actually knew a few of those, like gnathonic, menhir, and roscian. But I'm 35, and I have two degrees. I don't know exactly when I learned them, but I'm pretty damn sure it wasn't at 12 - 15.

But the technical words like ochidore and rhytidome shouldn't be allowed. That's just cheating. Just because they're from the life sciences doesn't mean they're any less arcane or jargonistic than  ribulosebisphosphatecarboxylaseoxygenase or  Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis or whatever.
 
2013-05-31 11:11:39 AM  

GiantRex: I made it to the state spelling bee when I was in eighth grade. I was eliminated in the first round, though. The word was "wanton". I spelled it like the soup.

The next year I had an English teacher who let each student in the class be in charge of the vocabulary words for the week. I decided to be a dick and pick the longest words I could find. Everyone in that class had to learn how to spell floccinaucinihilipilification.


you're a worthless piece of shiat and i hope you slip on pig's blood and die
 
2013-05-31 11:13:11 AM  
It would be so much easier doing a spelling bee by reading a webpage.
 
2013-05-31 11:16:05 AM  
The knowledge required to win a spelling bee is almost as useful as remembering the value of Pi more than three places beyond the decimal point.
 
2013-05-31 11:16:37 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: GiantRex: I made it to the state spelling bee when I was in eighth grade. I was eliminated in the first round, though. The word was "wanton". I spelled it like the soup.

The next year I had an English teacher who let each student in the class be in charge of the vocabulary words for the week. I decided to be a dick and pick the longest words I could find. Everyone in that class had to learn how to spell floccinaucinihilipilification.

you're a worthless floccinaucinihilipilified

 piece of shiat and i hope you slip on pig's blood and die

If you're going to be crazy at least do it with a little bit of panache.

Sybarite: Of that list I think I would have gotten sorites, menhir, roscian, and prosopopoeia since those are words I actually know. The rest would be a total crap shoot.


Yeh, menhir stands out for me as a sign that kids these days aren't reading enough Asterix books.
 
2013-05-31 11:16:51 AM  
Well, I would've got "menhir" right...that's one of the big-ass rocks that Obelix always carried around...other that that, I fail.
 
2013-05-31 11:18:12 AM  
1. Schwarmerei, 2012 & 2004.

I would have lost because I would have insisted on that one being "Schwärmerei".
 
2013-05-31 11:18:45 AM  

Wellon Dowd: The knowledge required to win a spelling bee is almost as useful as remembering the value of Pi more than three places beyond the decimal point.


3.14159

/thats all i know
//neener
 
2013-05-31 11:18:50 AM  
I would say learning all the spellings of these obscure words was a waste of time, but that would be floccinaucinihilipilificating.
 
2013-05-31 11:24:03 AM  
I've been reading Asterix since I was little. Menhir wouldn't have been a problem.
 
2013-05-31 11:29:15 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-31 11:49:12 AM  
The Spelling Bee is kinda disgusting, and these kids could be putting the tremendous amount of studying and effort into something less lame, or at least something that doesn't drip with "forced by their parents."
 
2013-05-31 11:50:27 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The only time I ever competed I got knocked out at the classroom level on my very first word: jeans. I didn't ask for it to be used in a sentence and I spelled it genes.

That's why I'm such a virulent homophonic today.


guava knocked me out at the middle school level. knew the word, overconfidence got me to swap the first two vowels.
 
2013-05-31 11:50:35 AM  
I hate Mnemonic. It is like that word was made just to trap people.
 
2013-05-31 11:51:54 AM  

jfivealive: Wellon Dowd: The knowledge required to win a spelling bee is almost as useful as remembering the value of Pi more than three places beyond the decimal point.

3.14159

/thats all i know
//neener


That's as far as I remember as well.  To subby:  yes, I would have lost.
 
2013-05-31 11:54:13 AM  
This article got me in the mood for Shawarma for lunch.
 
2013-05-31 12:18:04 PM  
The winning words list has a lot of words that really do not seem like words you'd win a national spelling bee with.

PREVIOUS WORDS THAT WON SPELLING BEES:

albumen (1928)
fracas (1930)
knack (1932)
torsion (1933)
deteriorating (1934)
intelligible (1935)
interning (1936)
promiscuous (1937)
sanitarium (1938)
canonical (1939)
therapy (1940)
initials (1941)
semaphore (1946)
chlorophyll (1947)
condominium (1956)
catamaran (1959)
sycophant (1964)
Chihuahua (1967)
abalone (1968)
croissant (1970)
incisor (1975)
narcolepsy (1976)
luge (1984)
kamikaze (1993, only four years prior to E! U! O! N! Y! M! EUONYM!)
 
2013-05-31 12:21:55 PM  

RaverRevolution: This article got me in the mood for Shawarma for lunch.


Great, now I want shawarma. Thanks for that.
 
2013-05-31 12:56:37 PM  
People still smell?
 
2013-05-31 02:02:52 PM  

whistleridge: I love obscure words. I actually knew a few of those, like gnathonic, menhir, and roscian. But I'm 35, and I have two degrees. I don't know exactly when I learned them, but I'm pretty damn sure it wasn't at 12 - 15.

But the technical words like ochidore and rhytidome shouldn't be allowed. That's just cheating. Just because they're from the life sciences doesn't mean they're any less arcane or jargonistic than  ribulosebisphosphatecarboxylaseoxygenase or  Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis or whatever.


Ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase. Get it right.

/photobiologist
//pedant
 
2013-05-31 03:13:20 PM  
I like how they pick some non-english words and are all "Somebody who speaks english said this once!" so it somehow becomes valid.
 
2013-05-31 03:51:03 PM  

Wellon Dowd: The knowledge required to win a spelling bee is almost as useful as remembering the value of Pi more than three places beyond the decimal point.


Are you under contract to post this stupidity in ever spelling bee related thread?

/I bet Rebecca Sealfon is on her way to your house.
 
2013-05-31 05:04:02 PM  

jfivealive: Wellon Dowd: The knowledge required to win a spelling bee is almost as useful as remembering the value of Pi more than three places beyond the decimal point.

3.14159

/thats all i know
//neener


LED and LCD calculators displayed it as 3.1415927 (rounding the 65... up). If you have a circle with a diameter of the Earth's orbit six months apart (let's say 186 million miles), the difference between 3.14159 and 3.1415927 is just over 500 miles. Not bad for a guess, but it's the difference between getting back to Earth and just missing.

The difference between 3.1415927 and what the iPhone gives for pi (3.141592653589793) is eight miles.

63 decimal places of pi is good enough to calculate a circle with the circumference of the observable universe to an accuracy of [one Planck length](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_length).
 
2013-05-31 05:50:28 PM  

dionysusaur: guava knocked me out at the middle school level. knew the word, overconfidence got me to swap the first two vowels.


My son was a real good speller, champ at his high school 3 years in a row. However, he got knocked out at the regional one year by spelling ostentatiousness by beginning with "au" and got the rest of it right.
We were from the next county over, all the locals got 5 thru 8 letter words to start.
/dad was suspicious.
//Local hero crashed and burned at state.
 
2013-05-31 07:12:07 PM  

BalugaJoe: [upload.wikimedia.org image 186x286]


Thanks Joe!

I came into this thread exactly to see that!
 
2013-05-31 08:55:30 PM  

Kurmudgeon: dionysusaur: guava knocked me out at the middle school level. knew the word, overconfidence got me to swap the first two vowels.

My son was a real good speller, champ at his high school 3 years in a row. However, he got knocked out at the regional one year by spelling ostentatiousness by beginning with "au" and got the rest of it right.
We were from the next county over, all the locals got 5 thru 8 letter words to start.
/dad was suspicious.
//Local hero crashed and burned at state.


livedash.ark.com

I saw that episode today, and thought that word would show up sometime in this thread.

/funnily enough, before I checked my DVR and saw it recorded, I was thinking about how likely he would crash into a body while in space
//Sorry if large The pic was too big  Sorry if small
///The new comment format is annoying
////Candelabras come in fours
 
2013-05-31 10:39:12 PM  
Oh god damn, the Menhir Room in Zork 2.

I don't think I know the trick to that one to this day.
 
2013-06-01 12:43:40 AM  
2: the number of words on that list I'm familiar with.

/although I believe I've read "schwarmerei" before
 
kab
2013-06-01 02:03:19 AM  
*peruses list*

Yes... yes I would have.
 
2013-06-01 03:17:12 AM  

Alonjar: I like how they pick some non-english words and are all "Somebody who speaks english said this once!" so it somehow becomes valid.


It is valid.  I'm pretty sure that over half of the English language as it exists today is words that were "borrowed" from other languages and shoehorned into English grammar.

What "pure" English may look like
 
2013-06-01 12:12:40 PM  
...and after re-reading my own link, it seems that closer to 75% of English words are "borrowed" from other languages.
 
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