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2014-03-08 10:37:52 PM
"Hi may I help you"
 
2014-03-08 10:39:39 PM
Don'tcurr.

Don'tcurr....Can I have the definition please?

"not concerned with an outcome."

Don'tcurr.... D.o.n.t.c.u.r.r.E.I.E.I.O.

*sh*t*
 
2014-03-08 10:41:55 PM
After being given his final word, "definition," Kush drew chuckles from spectators watching from a different room in the Kansas City Public Library when he asked for the definition.

Smart ass.
 
2014-03-08 10:46:50 PM
Spelling bee.... My God...
 
2014-03-08 10:57:10 PM
This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for spell check.
 
2014-03-08 11:00:20 PM
And here I can't live without spellcheck
 
2014-03-08 11:00:40 PM
I like my words COVERED IN BEES
 
2014-03-08 11:03:21 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I like my words COVERED IN BEES


Not The Bees!
 
2014-03-08 11:11:42 PM
Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.
 
2014-03-08 11:12:57 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I like my words COVERED IN BEES


Flibbertigibbet : A frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person.
Bibliobibuli       : A sort of person who reads too much and so is generally oblivious to the world around them.
 
2014-03-08 11:14:28 PM

Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.


They probably intentionally misspelled it just to get the hell out of there.
 
2014-03-08 11:18:14 PM
Fragileeeeeee.
 
2014-03-08 11:29:51 PM

katerbug72: This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for speal check.


ftfy
 
2014-03-08 11:31:27 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
Should have tested on this.
 
2014-03-08 11:34:56 PM
I applaud them doing the needful in the land of 'merica.
 
2014-03-08 11:39:56 PM
How styfulling
 
2014-03-08 11:40:38 PM

Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.


One might say that the word was stifling.
 
2014-03-08 11:40:57 PM
Amateurs. I always got spelling As
 
2014-03-08 11:43:20 PM

Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.


My thought too. I competed in the Scripps-Howard spelling bee in 8th grade. I made it to the level before nationals. I was out on the word "tumefy." Not the sort of word you're likely to encounter except as a medical student, or if you're in a spelling bee. "Stifling" and "definition" are just words that any 12 year old should be able to spell.

And yes I was in 8th grade, but that was the last year I was eligible to compete. There were younger students in the competition.
 
2014-03-08 11:56:25 PM
Very good! OK now, Barry, your next word is RESPECT.
 
2014-03-09 12:01:07 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but that's a word you learn in a Dallas summer between elementary years. Allows the kid to say "you expect us to walk home at 3:30 on a stifling August day?" on your first day back.

/ramble on about rote idiocy of school
//at least gramps could layer up against snow
 
2014-03-09 12:03:12 AM
Two weeks ago, the bee ran out of words after the two eliminated 23 other contestants and went another 47 rounds against each other.

Oh, hogwash! Why, I once watched Gentleman Jim Corbett fight an Eskimo fellow bare-knuckled for a hundred and thirteen rounds! Back then, of course, if the fight lasted less than fifty rounds, we demanded our nickel back!
 
2014-03-09 12:09:37 AM

superdude72: Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.

My thought too. I competed in the Scripps-Howard spelling bee in 8th grade. I made it to the level before nationals. I was out on the word "tumefy." Not the sort of word you're likely to encounter except as a medical student, or if you're in a spelling bee. "Stifling" and "definition" are just words that any 12 year old should be able to spell.

And yes I was in 8th grade, but that was the last year I was eligible to compete. There were younger students in the competition.


As per the rules of the competition, he was allowed to ask for the definition of "definition." When you've got that sort of comedic setup, you've gotta take it.

I also won my school's spelling bee in 8th grade, and I made it two levels into the competition. The word "trellised" was what finally stumped me. Of course I hadn't studied the booklet of words I'd been given, so I guessed and spelled it with a double s. Really, who would use that word anyway, besides a descriptive gardener or architect?
 
2014-03-09 12:20:05 AM

semiotix: Two weeks ago, the bee ran out of words after the two eliminated 23 other contestants and went another 47 rounds against each other.

Oh, hogwash! Why, I once watched Gentleman Jim Corbett fight an Eskimo fellow bare-knuckled for a hundred and thirteen rounds! Back then, of course, if the fight lasted less than fifty rounds, we demanded our nickel back!


Wow! That is an interesting story, It occurs to me that coinage changes over the years. What sort of images were featured on the nickel at that particular time? And were there root vegetable based fashions at that time?
 
2014-03-09 12:23:16 AM

katerbug72: This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for spell check.


Like most computer engineers, I detest you spellers.

We got our revenge by making spell checking ubiquitous on computer systems, without ever a hint of having math correction, despite the fact that that's what computers are good at.

You're welcome.

/spell check fixed 3 errors in this post.
 
2014-03-09 12:26:24 AM

had98c: Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.

They probably intentionally misspelled it just to get the hell out of there.


"Cat. K-A-T. I'm outta here."
 
2014-03-09 12:27:07 AM

Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.


No kidding, I lost at state in 4th grade on "financier".   Stifling would've been no more than a district bee word.
 
2014-03-09 01:03:52 AM

cyberspacedout: superdude72: Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.

My thought too. I competed in the Scripps-Howard spelling bee in 8th grade. I made it to the level before nationals. I was out on the word "tumefy." Not the sort of word you're likely to encounter except as a medical student, or if you're in a spelling bee. "Stifling" and "definition" are just words that any 12 year old should be able to spell.

And yes I was in 8th grade, but that was the last year I was eligible to compete. There were younger students in the competition.

As per the rules of the competition, he was allowed to ask for the definition of "definition." When you've got that sort of comedic setup, you've gotta take it.

I also won my school's spelling bee in 8th grade, and I made it two levels into the competition. The word "trellised" was what finally stumped me. Of course I hadn't studied the booklet of words I'd been given, so I guessed and spelled it with a double s. Really, who would use that word anyway, besides a descriptive gardener or architect?


Most of the definition/sentence/language of origin asking is merely to calm yourself down and establish a routine.  Most bees in the Scripps system have a rule that once you've said a letter, it cannot be changed (you can stop and start over if you have a brain fart, but if you change a letter they'll ding you.)  One momentary slip of the tongue and you're doomed, and that's easy to do under the lights.  Good idea to take a minute to ensure 1) you're 100% sure you have the correct word in mind and 2) you're focused and ready to spell it.

/NSB '96-'98
//landed myself in the SportsCenter intro
///there, Fark, you've found my deepest darkest secret
 
2014-03-09 01:08:25 AM

impaler: katerbug72: This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for spell check.

Like most computer engineers, I detest you spellers.

We got our revenge by making spell checking ubiquitous on computer systems, without ever a hint of having math correction, despite the fact that that's what computers are good at.

You're welcome.

/spell check fixed 3 errors in this post.


What exactly would a math checker entail? Unless you mean a calculator, which is included on most computer systems, I'm drawing a blank on good examples that would be useful.
 
2014-03-09 01:13:49 AM
Dagnabbit!

i59.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-09 01:25:38 AM

emersonbiggins: Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.

No kidding, I lost at state in 4th grade on "financier".   Stifling would've been no more than a district bee word.


Strange things happen deep into a bee. I was two spellers away from going to the big'un in Washington, D.C when I was in seventh grade, when I spelled out on "xystus," a pretty goddamn farking difficult word to spell. So I figured next year I'd be unbeatable. That year I spelled out on "chieftain" with forty people still in their chairs.

/I've seen things in beetime that I hope never to see again
//it changes a man
 
2014-03-09 01:41:19 AM

katerbug72: This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for spell check.


I always used to come in second in the school geography bee. The same guy kept beating me every year.

Then he went to Duke.
 
2014-03-09 01:51:29 AM
I got 3rd place in 3rd grade. Accidentally put two ms in diploma.


Then I didn't graduate highschool. Weird, right?
 
2014-03-09 01:57:18 AM

UsikFark: impaler: katerbug72: This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for spell check.

Like most computer engineers, I detest you spellers.

We got our revenge by making spell checking ubiquitous on computer systems, without ever a hint of having math correction, despite the fact that that's what computers are good at.

You're welcome.

/spell check fixed 3 errors in this post.

What exactly would a math checker entail? Unless you mean a calculator, which is included on most computer systems, I'm drawing a blank on good examples that would be useful.


Maybe colorful parentheses, and auto fill text with intended formula suggestions?

/I Excel at that stuff
//not really
 
2014-03-09 03:45:18 AM
The last word?

www.x929.ca

/Great googly moogly.
 
2014-03-09 04:11:03 AM

threadjackistan: semiotix: Two weeks ago, the bee ran out of words after the two eliminated 23 other contestants and went another 47 rounds against each other.

Oh, hogwash! Why, I once watched Gentleman Jim Corbett fight an Eskimo fellow bare-knuckled for a hundred and thirteen rounds! Back then, of course, if the fight lasted less than fifty rounds, we demanded our nickel back!

Wow! That is an interesting story, It occurs to me that coinage changes over the years. What sort of images were featured on the nickel at that particular time? And were there root vegetable based fashions at that time?


ts3.mm.bing.net
 
2014-03-09 04:22:02 AM

Gunboat: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 348x217]
Should have tested on this.


Furnidents was always my favorite.
 
2014-03-09 04:30:39 AM

UsikFark: impaler: katerbug72: This story interests my inner grade school self as I used to be a spelling whiz, winning the class bees only to choke in the school-wide bee as I can't deal with being in front of a crowd. As I've gotten older, I've slipped a bit. Thank goodness for spell check.

Like most computer engineers, I detest you spellers.

We got our revenge by making spell checking ubiquitous on computer systems, without ever a hint of having math correction, despite the fact that that's what computers are good at.

You're welcome.

/spell check fixed 3 errors in this post.

What exactly would a math checker entail? Unless you mean a calculator, which is included on most computer systems, I'm drawing a blank on good examples that would be useful.


Ssh. Don't disturb him. He's trying to balance a really big chip on his shoulder.
 
2014-03-09 04:37:32 AM
My oldest friend's son just one (wow, I my brain just typed a homonym! Someone should study that shiat!) the Orange County, CA spelling bee for 12-yr-olds. He gets to go to DC in August for the national championship. I know I have no right to feel proud, but I do. How farking cool is that?

Personal pet peeve WRT spelling bees: shouldn't the contestants have to use the word in a sentence, to prove they know WTF it means?
 
2014-03-09 04:50:01 AM

StanTheMan: My oldest friend's son just one (wow, I my brain just typed a homonym! Someone should study that shiat!) the Orange County, CA spelling bee for 12-yr-olds. He gets to go to DC in August for the national championship. I know I have no right to feel proud, but I do. How farking cool is that?

Personal pet peeve WRT spelling bees: shouldn't the contestants have to use the word in a sentence, to prove they know WTF it means?


This is now a thing at the national level.  The first couple rounds are computerized tests, and some of the questions are multiple choice definitions of words.
 
2014-03-09 06:13:58 AM
I pretty much expect 7th graders to beat 5th graders at pretty much all things academic, especially in contests.

Good for him, and really good for her.
 
2014-03-09 06:36:26 AM
Feel the excitement!
Link
 
2014-03-09 06:47:41 AM
And which child that exhausted all the words in the list of words went to a public school?


Neither.
 
2014-03-09 08:19:04 AM

W.C.fields forever: Fragileeeeeee.


Must be Italian.
 
2014-03-09 08:36:32 AM

Delta1212: Amateurs. I always got spelling As


You misspelled "ass"
 
2014-03-09 08:41:20 AM

Marquis de Sod: Delta1212: Amateurs. I always got spelling As

You misspelled "ass"


The worst part is you know he googled "amateurs" and was on high alert for the little red squiggly lines before he posted that, just to be sure. And still failed.
 
2014-03-09 09:02:38 AM
In third grade we had a spelling contest. I was given the word "doesn't." I blew it. But I've always thought that giving a kid a contraction was a bit malicious.
 
2014-03-09 09:25:43 AM
My favorite thing about watching the national bee is that there's still a handful of kids, who after months or years of practice, preparation, and study, under the stage lights in front of an audience of millions, still are middle-years enough to pull the 'can you spell that?' gag.

/tried to get a class back into the Canadian competition this year
//hard when it no longer exists
 
2014-03-09 10:08:42 AM
So their managers got ten percent of nothing, but the world didn't come to an end.
 
2014-03-09 11:09:59 AM

cyberspacedout: superdude72: Cheesus: Kudos to the kids and all, but stifling was the word that threw them off?  Really?  That seems crazy for the bee before nationals.

My thought too. I competed in the Scripps-Howard spelling bee in 8th grade. I made it to the level before nationals. I was out on the word "tumefy." Not the sort of word you're likely to encounter except as a medical student, or if you're in a spelling bee. "Stifling" and "definition" are just words that any 12 year old should be able to spell.

And yes I was in 8th grade, but that was the last year I was eligible to compete. There were younger students in the competition.

As per the rules of the competition, he was allowed to ask for the definition of "definition." When you've got that sort of comedic setup, you've gotta take it.

I also won my school's spelling bee in 8th grade, and I made it two levels into the competition. The word "trellised" was what finally stumped me. Of course I hadn't studied the booklet of words I'd been given, so I guessed and spelled it with a double s. Really, who would use that word anyway, besides a descriptive gardener or architect?


So are you Asian or Indian?

/I keed, I keed
//no, not really
 
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