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(Detroit Free Press)   A..A.r...Arve...Some kid wins the National Spelling Bee   (freep.com) divider line 42
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2013-05-31 10:36:04 AM
 
2013-05-31 10:36:19 AM
He's not your vind, he's not my vind, he's Arvind.
 
2013-05-31 10:37:14 AM
B-e-e-gle. Beegle.
 
2013-05-31 10:37:37 AM

J. Frank Parnell: And he goes absolutely nuts after winning.



Really?

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/too soon?
 
2013-05-31 10:49:13 AM
These guys have a competitive advantage just learning to spell their own names.
 
2013-05-31 10:49:18 AM
Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.
 
2013-05-31 10:50:42 AM
Samir Naga.....Naga.......Not going to work here anymore, anyway.
 
2013-05-31 10:51:04 AM
1997 should have been the last year they held this.
 
2013-05-31 10:54:32 AM

The Muthaship: 1997 should have been the last year they held this.


Curious: why 1997?
 
2013-05-31 10:55:25 AM
What Arvind may look like

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2013-05-31 10:55:50 AM

Millennium: The Muthaship: 1997 should have been the last year they held this.

Curious: why 1997?


That's the year the one true and enduring champion was crowned.  No one can ever surpass her for entertainment value/viewer discomfort.
 
2013-05-31 10:56:36 AM
All they had to do to stop him was to ask to spell his last name.
 
2013-05-31 10:56:48 AM

farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.


Quoted for troof.
 
2013-05-31 10:57:09 AM

J. Frank Parnell: And he goes absolutely nuts after winning.


Pretty emotional guy.
 
2013-05-31 10:57:44 AM
Also, M O O N, that spells moon.
 
2013-05-31 11:10:45 AM

DoBeDoBeDo: Samir Naga.....Naga.......Not going to work here anymore, anyway.


Glad I hit refresh, was just about to post this.

farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night. The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent. Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.


There's more to education than a spelling competition.  And you're confusing nationality/race with culture.
 
2013-05-31 11:11:51 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 11:15:23 AM
The National Spelling Bee site has an online test where the public can humiliate themselves in the privacy of their own cubicle.
 
2013-05-31 11:20:44 AM
So the vocabulary thing didn't work. Bee organizers are going to have think of a different way to eliminate the non-white children in the earlier rounds.
 
2013-05-31 11:24:11 AM

farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.


More like which ones value spelling competitions.
 
2013-05-31 11:27:48 AM
30 grand can buy a lot of knaidel.
 
2013-05-31 11:50:34 AM
I thought they were running Slumdog Millionaire until I saw the logo.

They don't show sumo anymore, but they'll run a spelling bee.  Dafuq?
 
2013-05-31 12:09:41 PM
T-H-A-N-K -Y-O-U-C-O-M-E-A-G-A-I-N.
 
2013-05-31 12:11:32 PM
If you grow up having to spell a name like his your're destined for glory.
 
2013-05-31 12:26:01 PM

farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.


Although true, spelling bees are just silly and useless.
One of the benefits of having over 4 billion Asians and an ocean between us is that we get the best of the best when they immigrate.
 
2013-05-31 12:27:53 PM

probesport: What Arvind may look like



Came here for this, but the correct spelling there is Arvid.
 
2013-05-31 12:30:10 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: Samir Naga.....Naga.......Not going to Nagana work here anymore, anyway.


I think it was something more like that.
 
2013-05-31 12:33:21 PM
wait, is there a contest to see who can repeat the most digits of pi?
 
2013-05-31 01:13:53 PM

farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.


I agree with one of your points: asians value education more. My high school had tons of them, and damn they were stiff competition.

The other implicit point, that the spelling bee is about education I don't agree with. Being a human spell-check has all the utility of knowing pi to 10,000 digits. Whoopty frickin doo, every computer in the world is still better than you. And in spanish, there wouldn't even be such a thing.
 
2013-05-31 01:15:38 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.


I wish someone had told me this is eighth grade when I memorized fifty digits but yes, this. (I sat next to the poster and 8th grade math is very dismal.)
 
2013-05-31 01:22:35 PM

Qellaqan: farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.

I agree with one of your points: asians value education more. My high school had tons of them, and damn they were stiff competition.

The other implicit point, that the spelling bee is about education I don't agree with. Being a human spell-check has all the utility of knowing pi to 10,000 digits. Whoopty frickin doo, every computer in the world is still better than you. And in spanish, there wouldn't even be such a thing.


In the process of learning to spell those words, they learn meaning and usage.  They learn etymology.  It enhances (at least theoretically) their capacity for communication.  I don't see how that is a useless thing.
 
2013-05-31 01:34:23 PM
Is he going on the professional spelling bee circuit?

New competition: Pronunciation bee. You get the word and the definition and have to produce the correct IPA representation of the word and actually pronounce it.
 
2013-05-31 01:39:11 PM

zipdog: Is he going on the professional spelling bee circuit?

New competition: Pronunciation bee. You get the word and the definition and have to produce the correct IPA representation of the word and actually pronounce it.


N-u-c-l-e-a-r....nukular...

No, American's aren't a shoo-in for that either.
 
2013-05-31 01:52:28 PM
Came for phonics monkey, goddammit I'll do it myself

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2013-05-31 02:01:00 PM

ZeroPly: zipdog: Is he going on the professional spelling bee circuit?

New competition: Pronunciation bee. You get the word and the definition and have to produce the correct IPA representation of the word and actually pronounce it.

N-u-c-l-e-a-r....nukular...

No, American's aren't a shoo-in for that either.


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2013-05-31 02:24:55 PM

ZeroPly: zipdog: Is he going on the professional spelling bee circuit?

New competition: Pronunciation bee. You get the word and the definition and have to produce the correct IPA representation of the word and actually pronounce it.

N-u-c-l-e-a-r....nukular...

No, American's aren't a shoo-in for that either.


I heard an "insider" once comment that he never heard Bush mispronounce that word in a closed meeting, only when on video.  Interesting, if true.
 
2013-05-31 02:45:31 PM

The Muthaship: Qellaqan: farm machine: Watched the beginning of this on ESPN last night.  The majority of the contestants were of Asian descent.  Made it pretty clear as to what nationalities/races within the U.S. value education and which ones have their priorities elsewhere.

I agree with one of your points: asians value education more. My high school had tons of them, and damn they were stiff competition.

The other implicit point, that the spelling bee is about education I don't agree with. Being a human spell-check has all the utility of knowing pi to 10,000 digits. Whoopty frickin doo, every computer in the world is still better than you. And in spanish, there wouldn't even be such a thing.

In the process of learning to spell those words, they learn meaning and usage.  They learn etymology.  It enhances (at least theoretically) their capacity for communication.  I don't see how that is a useless thing.


Or you could just learn about etymology and language. Read a bunch of books. It's true that by doing useless things you often learn side items. That doesn't mean it's a particularly fruitful use of time. I learned to type by using AIM religiously in high school. That doesn't mean AIM is particularly useful. I learned quite a bit more than I ever knew about carpentry putting a dollhouse together, but most wouldn't call dollhouse building totally useful. Hell, go spend hours reading wikipedia, you'll learn things.  I have no problem with people having quirky hobbies but there's this weird fetishism of spelling I don't get. It's barely knowledge, and only a consequence of our weird language. Let's fetishize the mathletes and I'll give a thumbs up.
 
2013-05-31 02:48:29 PM

Qellaqan: Let's fetishize the mathletes and I'll give a thumbs up.


There's no accounting for the taste of a TV audience, but in preparing for the spelling bee, the kids learn tons of useful stuff that isn't really just periphery.  It's very much a part of the competition.
 
2013-05-31 04:41:59 PM
"No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It's not that hard: Na-ghee-na-na-jar. Nagheenanajar.  "
 
2013-05-31 04:43:15 PM

SultanofSchwing: "No one in this country can ever pronounce my name right. It's not that hard: Na-ghee-na-na-jar. Nagheenanajar.  "


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/I really should preview things first...
 
2013-05-31 11:01:52 PM
Qellaqan:  Let's fetishize the mathletes and I'll give a thumbs up.

Depends where you are, but some already do. In the district where I teach, the spelling bee that feeds into the Scripps competition shows up almost out of nowhere, and you have about a week to prep your winners, which means you don't have any.

One the other hand, everyone knows who's going to Math Field Day (held in April) by the end of October. We get announcements on the PA to wish them luck before the competition, winners get trophies and media coverage, kids cry when they lose, etc. etc.

Only thing better is the robotics competition (finals tomorrow!).
 
2013-06-01 03:49:37 AM

Fano: B-e-e-gle. Beegle.


How could he mispell that?  That blockhead has one.
 
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