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What Does the “Bee” in “Spelling Bee” Mean Exactly?

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As spellers from across the country and around the globe gather to take part in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, let’s try to settle a basic question: Where does the bee in “spelling bee” come from?

Bee is derived from the Old English bēn meaning “a prayer, a favor.” By the late eighteenth century, bee had become commonly associated with the British dialect form, been or bean, referring to the joining of neighbors to work on a single activity to help a neighbor in need: sewing bee, quilting bee, etc. This derivation counters a long held belief that bee refers to the buzzing insect and the social nature of a beehive. The earliest printed reference to spelling bee dates back to 1825. However, children had been engaged in competitive wordplay for years beforehand. Frank Neuhauser won the very first Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1925 by correctly spelling gladiolus. Some other former championship words include:

Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Quiz yourself with this deck of Spellbinding Championship Spelling Bee Words.

538 Comments

  1. Odysseus -  May 31, 2016 - 9:06 pm

    DIE CYCLOPS!

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    • Jakin -  June 1, 2016 - 3:10 pm

      I am the king join the bakin will reign Greek will fall so will roman I am Jakin i will rule the eart no one can stop me not even chaos itself hahahaha if you join me and my army I will spare you puny human or fell eternal pain and fell my wrath upon you

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    • OHUWOTMEH -  June 5, 2016 - 12:15 am

      OH U WOT MEH

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    • Ada -  June 7, 2016 - 5:07 pm

      Cool, ok XD

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  2. Zeus -  May 29, 2016 - 1:09 pm

    The Greek gods shall rule the Earth again! Bow down before me, puny humans, or feel my wrath!

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    • fgf -  May 31, 2016 - 4:33 pm

      jejejeje

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    • Ares -  May 31, 2016 - 5:52 pm

      Prepare to fight the zombies! My men shall rise!

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    • Odysseus -  May 31, 2016 - 9:07 pm

      *Bows for eternity*

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    • zeuse -  June 1, 2016 - 9:07 am

      no

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  3. Zeus -  May 29, 2016 - 1:05 pm

    Greek gods shall rule the word again!

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    • Hades -  May 29, 2016 - 1:06 pm

      Especially me. Prepare to become my zombie minions, puny humans!

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      • Zeus Follower 1 -  May 31, 2016 - 9:04 pm

        YES ZEUS! WILL NOT FAIL YOU! ANYONE WHO DOES WILL DIE!

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    • Zeus -  May 29, 2016 - 1:10 pm

      *world

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      • Poseidon -  May 31, 2016 - 2:19 pm

        Yeah but the seas are mine guys.

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        • Aphrodite -  June 1, 2016 - 9:10 am

          i have the bow of apparatus you shall bow down before me

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  4. Ms. -  May 29, 2016 - 2:14 am

    I thought that the bee mean a lot of words.

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    • A random bee -  June 1, 2016 - 9:06 am

      Stop condescending us tiny creatures. We are not as small as your words.

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  5. 091999 -  May 27, 2016 - 10:10 am

    this place is boring

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    • pewp -  May 27, 2016 - 4:45 pm

      be nice bruh this is kewl

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      • pewp -  May 27, 2016 - 4:46 pm

        srry had to make this the 500th reply :)

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    • FXur -  May 28, 2016 - 8:10 am

      Good bye, then!!!

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    • jlwv -  May 29, 2016 - 3:31 am

      No, dear. It’s you.

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    • Derp -  May 31, 2016 - 4:56 pm

      Than why are you here

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  6. taylor rottmann -  May 27, 2016 - 7:30 am

    that is not very good so i hate this article

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    • jlwv -  May 29, 2016 - 3:36 am

      Dear Taylor,
      Please don’t leave fatuous and hurtful comments without adequate explanation. WHAT is “not very good”? The explanation of the origin of “bee” in Spelling Bee? If this is your argument, you are wrong. If you have a quarrel with how the article is written, you are, sadly and again, wrong. Perhaps you should stop leaving comments altogether until you can learn to form opinions.

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    • Apollo -  May 29, 2016 - 1:12 pm

      You shall be exiled for your lack of appreciation for language, foolish human.

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    • . -  May 31, 2016 - 3:56 pm

      are you sure your just not smart?

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  7. Arpita -  May 27, 2016 - 6:54 am

    Very nice, a long-standing confusion clarified

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  8. eleanor -  May 26, 2016 - 7:46 pm

    I win a lot of spelling bees at my school. And I never even thought about that. I guess even a lot of teachers don’t know that, because there are a lot of bees on the trophies. Some of the arguments on this page are kind of stupid. Like the one on homeschooling or public schooling? What the heck? Why are you talking about this stuff? I’M here to find the origin of words such as hypnosis and hydroelectric. And it’s HOMEWORK. Seriously, when is the future going to start? Because if it involves robots to do your homework for you, I’m totally ready for it…:)

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    • eleanor -  May 26, 2016 - 7:49 pm

      like the insect bees on the trophies…:)

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    • Faith -  May 27, 2016 - 5:32 pm

      I also quite liked it, but I would have never guessed that

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    • meow -  May 28, 2016 - 5:53 am

      how is it homework???

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  9. catdude -  May 26, 2016 - 4:41 pm

    good question!

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  10. HEIL FUHRER! -  May 26, 2016 - 2:10 pm

    wow! i had no idea! XD

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    • Fuck Hitler -  May 29, 2016 - 4:27 pm

      The heck is wrong with you?

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    • Cathy Kenderski -  May 30, 2016 - 4:41 pm

      Thousands of people died because of Hitler’s actions. It most certainly is not funny for you to jokingly worship a cruel and insane dictator.

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  11. Mr. Kool -  May 26, 2016 - 11:26 am

    It means by bee that people gather together , so people gather together to spell against each other. Not cast spells. That’s something else.

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    • Mr. Kool -  May 26, 2016 - 11:28 am

      Yes I know the cool in my name is spelled wrong. I did that on purpose.

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      • DragonSlayerGirl -  May 27, 2016 - 10:30 am

        Nice!

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  12. a -  May 26, 2016 - 9:56 am

    very good

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  13. a -  May 26, 2016 - 9:55 am

    nice

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  14. meow -  May 25, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    I don’t see how it relates to the actual spelling bee.

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    • Zeke -  May 26, 2016 - 11:40 am

      ! Perhaps you should’ve stopped at ‘ I don’t see how’.
      Have a great day

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      • It -  May 30, 2016 - 2:27 pm

        Or maybe “I don’t see ‘meow’.

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  15. hi -  May 24, 2016 - 11:41 pm

    Still don’t get it. The comments have a better explanation and also better logic. And that’s saying a lot, because I am the logic master

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    • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:08 am

      Yeah, you’re one of those logic idiots with limited vocabulary using “absolutely” as your only declarative-lol

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    • Hatsune Miku -  June 1, 2016 - 12:37 am

      ummmm……. IM THE LOGIC MASTER ACTUALLY

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  16. Hello -  May 24, 2016 - 1:59 pm

    i don’t get it

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    • sophia -  May 25, 2016 - 5:28 pm

      hi

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      • Savanna Hernandez -  May 26, 2016 - 9:23 am

        hi how is your day!

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  17. Hello -  May 24, 2016 - 1:59 pm

    Don’t get it

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    • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:09 am

      Is there an echo in here?

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  18. Sheeraz -  May 24, 2016 - 12:52 am

    its really informative.

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    • HI -  May 24, 2016 - 1:03 pm

      yea

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      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:10 am

        yeah:)

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      • Happy -  May 25, 2016 - 5:08 pm

        Helo

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        • Me -  May 26, 2016 - 5:39 pm

          It’s spelt ‘Hello’
          You fail your spelling bee.

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    • Bobby -  May 24, 2016 - 2:13 pm

      I don’t get it

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      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:14 am

        yeah…so take that!

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    • joshua -  May 24, 2016 - 2:37 pm

      weird

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      • joshua -  May 24, 2016 - 2:37 pm

        i knoe right

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        • Isaac -  May 25, 2016 - 1:19 pm

          Joshua! It’s KNOW! Come on! You are on a dictionary website! Gosh.

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        • Noah -  May 26, 2016 - 3:53 am

          **Know

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        • Ricky B -  May 26, 2016 - 11:00 am

          u knie right?

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      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:15 am

        absolutely!

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    • Madelyn Nevin -  May 24, 2016 - 7:39 pm

      I am supposed to be studying for Finals for semester two. I am a Freshman in high school not college but anyway it makes perfect sense to me because I have always wondered where the word bee came from. And it literally just popped up on my screen.

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  19. haru -  May 23, 2016 - 8:14 pm

    This makes sense to me, honestly… Don’t see why others don’t get it.

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    • Dakota -  May 24, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      exactly that is what I am saying.!

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      • Isaac -  May 25, 2016 - 1:22 pm

        Dakota; it’s Exactly what I am saying! No period. PUNCTUATION.

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    • LT -  May 25, 2016 - 10:01 am

      Then please enlighten others with your gift of comprehension…

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      • GonzoI -  May 26, 2016 - 9:52 am

        You’re ignoring the latter half. If one does not know why others do not understand the given explanation, one cannot be expected to successfully explain it to them. It falls on the ones saying “I don’t get it” to explain what exactly they don’t get.

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        • Ricky B -  May 26, 2016 - 11:02 am

          Bullseye!

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  20. REDLINER -  May 23, 2016 - 3:03 pm

    I got it. Made plenty of sense.

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    • markeisha -  May 24, 2016 - 9:24 am

      okay

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      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:12 am

        yeah

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    • PRETTY GIRL -  May 25, 2016 - 10:44 am

      your so inquisitive :)

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      • Kris -  May 26, 2016 - 3:48 pm

        It’s not ‘your’ or you’re it’s ‘you are’.

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        • Annabeth -  May 27, 2016 - 1:38 pm

          It could be YOU’RE. it doesn’t have to be you are.

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    • Isaac -  May 25, 2016 - 1:24 pm

      Redliner; it’s IT made plenty of sense. GRAMMAR.

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  21. Bob -  May 23, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    I just love that on the Spelling Bee page, the link to one of the winning words, Crustaceology, isn’t in the dictionary…

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    • jeffrey -  May 24, 2016 - 9:34 am

      i agree

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      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:32 am

        Okay
        Okay
        Okay . . .
        ooooooooops! I turned into an ECHO…Echo…echo…

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    • Kat -  May 24, 2016 - 10:43 am

      However, the word crustacean and Crustacea are in the dictionary, and ology means the study of. You’d think it would be in the dictionary, however,

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    • Sally Jones -  May 28, 2016 - 9:33 pm

      Neither is chiaroscurist or maculature. In fact, my spell-check has underlined both of those words, and the dictionary itself asks if I meant musculature as if I spelt it wrong. I think it makes the dictionary look rather unreliable when it has links to words it does not recognise or questions the spelling of said words found on a page mentioning spelling bees. Dictionary.com has failed its own spelling bee.

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  22. Dank -  May 21, 2016 - 1:02 am

    You guys have a lot of time.

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    • Kat -  May 23, 2016 - 3:29 pm

      This page must be managed by American lexicographers and not British, because the word “favor” is spelled wrong. It is, in fact, spelled “favour”.

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      • Alex -  May 24, 2016 - 10:51 am

        It’s not spelled “wrong” as “favor”, that’s just not how it’s spelled in American. Same with the word “color” how I spell it and “colour” as you might spell it.

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      • Chris Bedford -  May 24, 2016 - 2:03 pm

        Uh, it took you until now to work that out? You’ve never listed to any of the pronunciations, have you? :D

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      • Paul -  May 24, 2016 - 2:44 pm

        Not wrong just different according to the lexicon in use as you correctly state. To insist on it being wrong is to insist on being an arrogant ahss. Many old English words end in ‘our.’ Take for example Saviour as opposed to Savior. Such an anomaly is hardly profound. Dictionary.com recognizes both as correct. I often hear my English friend pronounce the word “Aluminum” as if it is spelled with an additional “i” as in Al-u-min-i-um and that is definitely wrong. It introduces and extra syllable though admittedly the latter rolls off the tongue much easier.

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        • Dean -  May 25, 2016 - 6:27 pm

          As a chemist, I think “aluminum” is just an American quirk.

          In the periodic table, about 80 elements have names that end in -ium. Aluminium is entirely consistent with that trend. Only 4 (lanthanum, molybdenum, tantalum and platinum) end in -um.

          I can’t imagine anyone changing helium, sodium, potassium and chromium to helum, sodum, potassum and chromium just to be consistent with the American anomaly of aluminum.

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          • GonzoI -  May 26, 2016 - 10:01 am

            Sir Humphry Davy (British) coined the term as “aluminum”. British editors threw in the extra “i” to match other elements. It’s a case of the British doing what Noah Webster had done just a few years earlier to “colour” and “honour”. The American version is the original, so “aluminium” is a British quirk.

          • Jonathan -  May 26, 2016 - 11:42 pm

            The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) uses aluminium.

        • Dean -  May 25, 2016 - 6:33 pm

          I wrote “..helum, sodum, potassum and chromum..”

          ..but even the spellchecker doesn’t like chromum.

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        • Richard -  May 26, 2016 - 3:16 am

          Actually it is spelled Aluminium in Commonwealth English speaking countries and Aluminum in American English. Neither are wrong. Although it was originally called Aluminium in the US until it was simplified.

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        • Jerzhee -  May 26, 2016 - 5:03 am

          Aluminium is right and the origin of aluminum.

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      • Feces Face -  May 24, 2016 - 6:07 pm

        Actually, there is no “Correct” way to spell favor, The British and Australians, which is where I’m from, spell it “Favour”, but the rest of the world spell it “Favor”. So, it only depends on where you live. Think about what you’re writing about next time.

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        • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:20 am

          W-a-a-a-a-a-a-y too much time

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        • Gram the Anti-Grammarian -  May 27, 2016 - 11:55 pm

          Wrong. Only Americans spell it as ‘favor’; the rest of the world spells it as ‘favour’. Only Americans use American English

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      • Derek -  May 25, 2016 - 4:05 am

        Favor is “in fact” spelled differently by people from different countries.

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        • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:23 am

          Nice “rainbow people” answer, but not true

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          • Derek -  May 27, 2016 - 10:55 pm

            Hilarious, you’re trolling dictionary.com. You’re either a child or a complete loser! Considering your comments I bet you are a loser.

    • Ricky -  May 25, 2016 - 5:53 am

      Says the guy commenting at 1 in the morning

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      • Patti -  May 25, 2016 - 12:38 pm

        HA-You are the ONLY Brilliant follower!

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    • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:17 am

      W-a-a-a-a-a-a-y too much time

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      • Patti -  May 26, 2016 - 3:24 pm

        Ditto Jim!
        But w-a-a-a-a-a-y too much fun…

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  23. jikook -  May 20, 2016 - 4:27 pm

    I’m supposed to be doing a project right now, but interesting….

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    • Blinn Snell -  May 23, 2016 - 10:24 am

      same

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    • Anonymus -  May 23, 2016 - 12:50 pm

      I hope you finished it.

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    • luna -  May 23, 2016 - 4:59 pm

      im sapost to be doing a project too but it poped up on mu screen

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      • eleanor -  May 26, 2016 - 7:47 pm

        it’s supposed…and I’m… and popped…and my… come on, do you even know how to SPELL?

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    • Frisk -  May 23, 2016 - 6:48 pm

      same :P

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      • markeisha -  May 24, 2016 - 9:24 am

        same to me to

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      • Papyrus -  May 26, 2016 - 1:32 am

        HUMAN! I AM THE GREAT PAPYRUS

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        • Death by Fangirling -  May 31, 2016 - 1:03 pm

          OH MY GOD IT’S THER GREAT PAPYRUS
          *heavy breathing*
          NOTICE ME

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    • haru -  May 23, 2016 - 8:10 pm

      Same, though.

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    • Dakota -  May 24, 2016 - 2:10 pm

      same

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    • Shalyn -  May 26, 2016 - 10:37 pm

      HAHAHA i’m supposed to be writing an english paper… on… procrastination, fittingly enough.XD

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  24. doge girl -  May 20, 2016 - 3:46 pm

    I still don’t get this ???

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    • Courtney -  May 23, 2016 - 1:06 pm

      Basically, the modern word “bee” has two meanings, because each comes down to us from different Old English words – “beo” for the insect, and “ben” for the social gathering. Both Old English words evolved into the modern word “bee”.

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      • Yehuda -  May 25, 2016 - 2:12 am

        Which makes sense, since bees live in a socially organized fashion.

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  25. Ur butt -  May 20, 2016 - 6:51 am

    Ok

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    • ur mom -  May 21, 2016 - 6:38 pm

      THATS HOT

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      • Isaac -  May 25, 2016 - 1:27 pm

        Shame on you “ur mom” bad spelling on your name and do not say such things!

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    • Jioonnnjjmm -  May 23, 2016 - 7:35 am

      Kkofokfdmimovfo,

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    • Isaac -  May 25, 2016 - 1:28 pm

      Shame!

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  26. Karen -  May 19, 2016 - 12:45 pm

    I still do not feel this was explained. I can see how a quilting bee or sewing bee could be considered a “favor” for someone in need, but that explanation does not translate to a spelling competition.

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    • tasha -  May 19, 2016 - 1:40 pm

      I feel like it explain it in a way I didn’t understand

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      • goodie2shoes -  May 20, 2016 - 10:46 am

        well hun u need 2 understand

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        • Ataka Shade -  May 23, 2016 - 1:07 pm

          You sound a lot like a friend of mine.

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      • Ninja Warrior -  May 23, 2016 - 12:15 pm

        Yeah i still don’t get it.

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      • Tammy -  May 24, 2016 - 9:20 am

        I agree it is too complicated

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        • Papyrus -  May 26, 2016 - 1:34 am

          It’s SIMPLE YOU IDIOTS

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          • Shalyn -  May 26, 2016 - 10:38 pm

            If it’s so simple then why won’t you help us understand it?

    • Anastasia Williams -  May 19, 2016 - 2:19 pm

      Yeah, I know.

      Although when I went to semifinals in the spelling bee in CA there was a giant bee that flew into the room. Everyone started freaking out. No relation, though.

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      • Lucifer -  May 23, 2016 - 6:38 pm

        Is CA challenge academy

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        • Dakota -  May 24, 2016 - 2:12 pm

          California thats what CA stands for

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        • RLY? -  May 24, 2016 - 4:10 pm

          your kidding, right?

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          • koko -  May 25, 2016 - 3:36 pm

            “your” not same as “you’re”

      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:25 am

        I was a bee in my prior life, so it mighta been me:)

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    • Pablo -  May 19, 2016 - 4:42 pm

      Well, it says that ‘bee’ meant the joining of neighbors to help someone in need, so the bee part in spelling bee might have been derived from the meaning of neighbors getting together, or in this case, people.

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      • meesca -  May 21, 2016 - 4:09 pm

        thats it exactly pablo. sounds like the others might not have read the definition that far. cuz it makes sense, like work bee.

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      • ray -  May 24, 2016 - 4:47 am

        i agree

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    • aiden -  May 19, 2016 - 6:04 pm

      I am only in fourth grade so dont make fun of me please but i am guessing that they call it a spelling bee beecause if you get the answer wrong it makes a bee sound

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      • Mr.FIsh -  May 20, 2016 - 12:40 pm

        Really?! why would that be it

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        • Dakota -  May 24, 2016 - 2:14 pm

          GIVE HIM A BREAK HE IS ONLY IN 4TH GRADE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOSH!!!!!!!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE SO RUDE AND MEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Rustom Jalaldeen -  May 21, 2016 - 9:35 pm

        Hi Aiden, shall we consider different explanations?
        We were told that bee signified a getting together for some activity. In this case it happens to be for testing out and comparing our spelling capabilities through a competition!
        In addition, I can’t help but muse that bees gather or swarm, in other words, get together for some activity.
        In this case, spelling’s the buzz!

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      • Madison -  May 21, 2016 - 9:42 pm

        Yes, I like that answer, Aiden, and I’m going to say that’s the right one. My degree is in Creative Writing, so yeah, it’s basically fact now ;)

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      • Krista -  May 22, 2016 - 1:34 pm

        It’s good to share your ideas, even when you’re not sure if they are right or not. We can all make theories.

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      • Olivia -  May 22, 2016 - 5:03 pm

        You know, I think that makes the most sense yet.

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      • Dev Kandley -  May 22, 2016 - 5:38 pm

        Aiden…..BEEEEEEEEEEEE ……That’s so true! You can’t spell the word……you get a ………BEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

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        • vimala -  May 25, 2016 - 6:02 am

          hi
          how are you

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      • Ruth Gonzalez -  May 22, 2016 - 8:55 pm

        Good one, Aiden!

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      • hai -  May 23, 2016 - 5:26 pm

        Nice pun….yeah that’s the only reason why I commented.

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        • Ben -  May 25, 2016 - 10:10 am

          But… it’s not pun…

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      • Eric -  May 24, 2016 - 7:43 pm

        Wouldn’t it bee nice if all comment threads were this kind?

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      • jim -  May 25, 2016 - 10:38 am

        you mean like a b-u-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-er sound?

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      • GRANDMA CHERYL -  May 25, 2016 - 12:06 pm

        AIDEN DO WE KNOW EACH OTHER???

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      • Ncasic -  May 25, 2016 - 5:12 pm

        Holy crap dude. No one cares if your in 4th grade. Really, no one cares AT ALL. Even a second grader wouldn’t say that. If you scroll above, you can see that your definition of “bee” is incorrect.

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      • eleanor -  May 26, 2016 - 7:49 pm

        Well, I’m in fourth grade too, but I’m pretty darn sure that’s not quite it…

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    • Angel -  May 19, 2016 - 8:02 pm

      I think the bee in spelling bee is supposed to be the child. Even though i hate bees but i like their honey.

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      • juliette -  May 24, 2016 - 10:48 am

        A world of the( Bee) I have seen that it is important while,you use this a world of( Bee ) in your activity, because that Bee had become commonly in the activity with in Brithish, to solve their problems as well as their neighbors

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    • woof tamer tree buckaroo -  May 19, 2016 - 8:07 pm

      get good

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    • Michael Hale -  May 19, 2016 - 8:13 pm

      Karen, It does when you stop by at large group participation.
      TRY THIS: The original meaning was a “favor”. People got together to favor one of them where s.o. might be in need of a big project done quickly. (Barn raising?)
      >>So let that include any big joint activity. Maybe, a spelling bee. Do we know they were only competitions? Maybe, they included classes in spelling. Then many are helping the few. With education advancing, the teaching aspect was accomplished better in the local classroom. Thus,
      >>TA-DA! A spelling bee was only a competition.

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      • ??? -  May 22, 2016 - 2:14 pm

        wat

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    • Safire -  May 21, 2016 - 7:34 am

      I think back in the day they did not have regulated spelling like we have today in our dictionaries. Maybe all the people gathered to help in the common vocabulary of the day and to help everyone in spelling the words correctly! Maybe?

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    • Amanda -  May 21, 2016 - 12:11 pm

      I agree.

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    • Luis -  May 22, 2016 - 6:04 pm

      I agree

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    • Vineet Gill -  May 23, 2016 - 2:01 am

      I have the same problem but i got it after i read it 3 times and asked an adult to help me understand better.

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    • ff -  May 23, 2016 - 2:46 am

      Look at it this way, there are 2 meanings “bee” has in contemporary use. One refers to an insect, the other refers to action carried out by a group, regardless of intention. In this case, for instance, sewing bee equals a lot of ppl sewing, spelling bee, well, something similar.

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    • John Cena -  May 23, 2016 - 12:49 pm

      #BEEZ4LIFE

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    • Geza -  May 23, 2016 - 1:03 pm

      It basically means like a collection, as many people come together for the event.

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    • Sir Richard -  May 25, 2016 - 7:17 am

      This explanation does not quite explain how the meaning developed, let me give it a go.
      Neighbours would gather together to perform a favour like make someone a quilt and was called a bee.
      Over time any group who gathered with a single interest became a bee.
      For example, a sewing bee would be a group getting together to sew and learn from each other. The need for a favour to be performed had gone.
      Hence, a spelling bee is a group gathering with the interest of spelling.
      I hope this makes it clear.

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      • Woody Dykawtt -  May 31, 2016 - 2:26 am

        It’s called a Bee, as in Sewing Bee BEEcause people are BEEing as in existing. Then there was the famous Human Be-In during the ’60s. That is why that song by John Lennon was originally spelled: ‘Let It Bee’ but the second ‘e’ was dropped to simplify the title. So, bee the best at everything that you can bee…and then years ago there was a children’s TV show called ‘Romper Room’ and on it they often spoke of a ‘Do Bee’ and a ‘Don’t Bee’ but that ‘Do Bee’ was not the same as the ‘Doobie’ that gets passed around at rock concerts, so be there or b-squared. But before there were movies in living technicolor (or technicolour, depending on what side of the pond one hails from or happens to BEE IN.) they were in shades of grey, three in fact: ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ and I’m sure you have all heard about B-greyed movies?

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  27. Abby -  May 19, 2016 - 10:20 am

    We keep having wasps in our laundry room and now i am scared to go in there.

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    • Ann -  May 22, 2016 - 8:52 am

      *I

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    • Adam Mercadante -  May 22, 2016 - 2:16 pm

      Most logical comment

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      • HI -  May 24, 2016 - 1:11 pm

        well im stuck in a class that has all websites blocked but this so its really boring im in taff texas and i live three hours away from this place and if u are thinking what kind of school has all websites blocked but this on well im not in any normal school im in a rehab school becaulse i like to smoke pot but the law dosent like that so i ended up here in shoreline rehab search it up ;)

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    • Dakota -  May 24, 2016 - 2:18 pm

      I am afraid to go into the garage because a wasp might sting me. =(

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    • Woody Dykawtt -  May 31, 2016 - 2:28 am

      Blow up their nest with thermite detonated with binary.

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  28. tomer shmalch -  May 19, 2016 - 3:35 am

    cos you need to be in order to spell .

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    • ##BOYLOVER -  May 19, 2016 - 11:59 am

      I LOVE BEES AND THERE HONEY

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      • Kimmyyy -  May 19, 2016 - 2:34 pm

        their*

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      • Emily -  May 20, 2016 - 4:09 am

        Their

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        • Emma Wadford -  May 23, 2016 - 7:36 am

          There, Their, They’re

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      • grammar creep -  May 20, 2016 - 7:42 am

        *their

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      • ononimouse -  May 20, 2016 - 8:12 am

        It’s THEIR not there.

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      • Steve Jobs -  May 23, 2016 - 4:59 am

        They’re*

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        • Allen Helmer -  May 23, 2016 - 11:08 am

          Seriously? “I LOVE BEES AND they are HONEY”? Do you really think that is what he intended?

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          • Shalyn -  May 26, 2016 - 10:41 pm

            This is what happens when English majors browse the internet…..

    • Emily -  May 20, 2016 - 4:10 am

      Because

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    • WurDsmith -  May 20, 2016 - 8:26 am

      It’s “because,” not “cos” you quack!

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      • Wolfy -  May 21, 2016 - 2:16 pm

        Jeez, so many grammar nitpickers on this chat.

        luckly i have a wai to iritate them al

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        • Sir Richard -  May 25, 2016 - 7:02 am

          It’s a dictionary site, of course there are a lot of grammar nitpickers.

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    • flawlessgrammarpolice -  May 20, 2016 - 8:51 am

      Its “because” not “cos,” you quack…

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    • Easy Strafes On mc get shrekted kid only in 1712th grade m8 oooooooooooooooooooooh -  May 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

      Cool No one sasked u 1 v1 me in miencraft badxlion m8s wdauss ia awill starefee u so heeard that u cruyi to ur momomny

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    • Easy Strafes On mc get shrekted kid only in 1712th grade m8 oooooooooooooooooooooh -  May 20, 2016 - 10:01 am

      GET DESTYOUED AMWIDUHADW WUR MOMY

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      • Shalyn -  May 26, 2016 - 10:42 pm

        bless you….?

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    • Ann -  May 22, 2016 - 8:53 am

      *Because

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  29. JHE -  May 19, 2016 - 2:26 am

    I LIKE BEES

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    • bryan -  May 19, 2016 - 11:39 am

      hate bees

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      • jake -  May 19, 2016 - 4:16 pm

        hhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeebees too

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  30. Gwilwileth -  May 18, 2016 - 2:52 pm

    I learned more from the comments than the article. -.-

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    • ##BOYLOVER -  May 19, 2016 - 12:00 pm

      I AGREE WITH YOU

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  31. Bee Lover -  May 17, 2016 - 8:30 pm

    Bee as beesy as a bee, and get beeger and beecome beest at every spelling bee.

    By the beegest bee not yet eaten by a beever.

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    • nkaj -  May 18, 2016 - 2:42 pm

      What Does the “Bee” in “Spelling Bee” Mean Exactly? well..It means to gather all the Vowels and Consonants together like bee gather all the ingredients to make honey..

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      • L Kessler -  May 19, 2016 - 12:22 pm

        Thank you. That makes more sense!

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      • Maria -  May 23, 2016 - 5:10 pm

        It really does make so much more sense now.

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      • Woody Dykawtt -  May 31, 2016 - 2:56 am

        Honey has only one ingredient: pollen.

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    • Jedda -  May 19, 2016 - 2:46 am

      Ha! Beesiust bee’s beecome beest bee at Spelling Bees. Bee’s bee beeing awesome.

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      • Jedda -  May 19, 2016 - 2:47 am

        OK, that doesn’t make sense…

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        • Jeenna -  May 19, 2016 - 9:20 am

          yeah not really.

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  32. woof tamer tree climber -  May 17, 2016 - 7:20 pm

    I will beat all of you in a spelling bee go and try me BRO

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    • Dragon Slayer -  May 18, 2016 - 9:08 am

      REallly bruh with a dictionary!

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    • kk -  May 18, 2016 - 3:20 pm

      no u wont

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    • Andy -  May 18, 2016 - 5:08 pm

      How old are you

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      • Jk -  May 18, 2016 - 5:09 pm

        12

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        • John Cena -  May 19, 2016 - 9:18 am

          Cool. I”m 9

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          • trey -  May 19, 2016 - 4:17 pm

            I’m 10

          • Not Treg -  May 20, 2016 - 3:50 pm

            What are you doing on a dictionary website if you’re 9?

    • Shalyn -  May 26, 2016 - 10:44 pm

      *come

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  33. h -  May 17, 2016 - 6:20 pm

    hi

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    • Angel -  May 18, 2016 - 10:37 am

      Hello!

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    • kaylee -  May 18, 2016 - 10:49 am

      no I will

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      • bryan -  May 19, 2016 - 11:44 am

        wassup babe

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        • Kimmyyy -  May 19, 2016 - 2:35 pm

          Youre like 10 wtf?

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  34. christal -  May 17, 2016 - 1:48 pm

    OMG! REALLY! :’( this is not giving me the right answers. idk wht this is coming from but its stupid

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  35. Linkin Valentine -  May 17, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    Haha are we all kids here? No offense, I love everyone, but I think being home schooled educates you better. I’m almost done with middle school and I learned a lot from the history of Brazil to indirect objects and relative pronouns. Being home schooled is fun because you can take a break whenever you want (not too many breaks) and you don’t have to spend six hours in a classroom. My first year of middle school I took a spelling bee every lesson and most of the time got 100% It’s easy and you learn about cool stuff, and no common core! Or I like to call it–Communist core.
    You also get done earlier than public schooled kids. I usually get done before lunch time and you don’t need a hall pass to go to the bathroom.
    And the best part: No homework! The whole thing is basically homework because you’re doing it at home. Sometimes I sit outside and do it. It’s really fun!

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    • Anastasia Williams -  May 17, 2016 - 2:42 pm

      I do both. I use a homeschooling program at school. And I agree with you on Common Core :)

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    • f,j -  May 17, 2016 - 3:32 pm

      so lucky!!! i <3 homeschooling
      :'(

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    • Charlie Mitchwell -  May 17, 2016 - 7:20 pm

      Look, this is my opinion but I think public school is better because you have surroundings like other kids that could be our friends. I think it will educate you better than being homeschooled, now don’t take this like this is critisizim because it is not at my school we don’t need a hall pass because we have our indent-I-kid badges. We have lunch whenever we want to, we can leave the class at earliest 11:30 and latest is 1:00 so we get lunch whenever we want to. So yeah.

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      • Linkin Valentine -  May 18, 2016 - 2:23 pm

        Did I mention you and other homeschoolers get together for picnics and extra credit classes?

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      • Renee -  May 18, 2016 - 2:50 pm
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        • STFU -  May 19, 2016 - 3:19 pm

          All of you seem very smart and educated. I love you all. STFU!!!! SAUSAGE TANGO FOR URANUS!!!!!!

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      • Sir Richard -  May 25, 2016 - 7:45 am

        Every child should be home schooled.
        Most children will need to do some form of formal education with trained teachers for lets say 40 hours a week.
        Seriously though, teachers in the UK are having to deal with 4 year olds who aren’t potty trained.
        Parents these days seem to think all their children’s education is down to the school.

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    • Robert Moody -  May 18, 2016 - 5:10 am

      Homeschooling is hit or miss. I’m glad your experience is a positive one educationally. But not all home schooling experiences are spot on and, in fact, many have gaping holes.

      Public school, while a favorite target for many, is actually a positive thing when the influence of money is lessened. There are many social aspects of attending public school that are not innately available to the homeschooler. You can reason that a positive or negative thing depending on your hyper-focus, but I am referring to the total experience.

      Learning to work with and understand others is very important for our society and your success in life. Public school offers that in spades and homeschooling, most of the time, misses it.

      Homeschooling can certainly be a positive thing (academically) if you have a competent teacher–Shoot, nearly every public school teacher would love to have the one-on-one time with kids to help them improve. But that does not negate the fact that public schooling has a lot to offer that is important to the individual and society (even academically).

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      • Linkin Valentine -  May 18, 2016 - 2:25 pm

        I do agree with you

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        • Linkin Valentine -  May 18, 2016 - 2:27 pm

          But if I could choose I’d probably do a private school. Despite the uniforms, I think it would be cool.

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      • Isabella -  May 19, 2016 - 5:06 pm

        I agree. I’ve known people who have had a terrible experience with home schooling. But the same goes for public or private school. I have done all three. In both public and private school I was bullied to such an extreme that I was failing. I did switch to home school, but most of what I learned, I learned on my own, without help from my parents besides the fact that they paid for it. My experience with home school was wonderful, much better than with public/private. I am about to finish my Sophomore year of high school. I have my Associates degree in history with elementary education and minors in Spanish, French, and biology. I know that my circumstances are rare. So when I am saying which is better, of course I will say home school. But it is different for every one based on what their experiences were.

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    • Katy Welford -  May 18, 2016 - 6:47 am

      I totally disagree. My friend was home schooled for two years after he was bullied at secondary school and it was a relief to him to be able to finally be intergrated back into mainstream school as his work that had been done while being homeschooled was nowhere near good enough to even get him an E at GCSE standard. His grades improved to B’s and C’s after he went back to school and he never even did any of the homework at school. I also believe that going to school has social benefits.

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    • rogtex -  May 18, 2016 - 11:27 am

      Ok. You’ve provided a nice treatise on being home-schooled but I’m curious about something. What’s the relevance of your mode of schooling to the origin of the word “bee,” which this article discusses?

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    • Linkin Valentine -  May 18, 2016 - 2:31 pm

      In fact, my friend hated public school so much me and some friends brought our instruments (Drum set, electric guitars, microphone, etc.) to the school and played “Teenagers” by MCR during lunch, unfortunately we were caught by the teachers. But we only received minor consequences. I will never do it again but it was fun while it lasted.

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    • Catherine -  May 18, 2016 - 9:34 pm

      As someone who was homeschooled until I was a sixth grader, I have to say, it really depends on who teaches you and who learns with you. If there is a really awesome school with amazing people and intelligent teachers who want to teach you well, public or private school might be better for you.
      However, you can not brag about how homeschooling is better than going to school. That is a flat out lie. My mom sucked at teaching. I did not learn anything besides math, and when I finally entered public school as a sixth grader, I was far behind on everything besides maybe cursive.
      Then you have the high class private schools, where parents spend $28000 on their student’s education. And I’m just talking about high school. I have a friend from MA, who went to school as a kindergartener and had homework every night. When his family moved to NE, and he started going to a different school, he came home from first grade and would go “Mom, we don’t have homework!”
      That man is going to graduate high school, and go to college on scholarships that he earned from his education, because that education was never from ‘homeschooling’. His education that he got at a high school for the rich and successful heirs to huge companies, that education must have taught him something, because he got a perfect 36 on his ACT math portion.
      Do not ever tell me that homeschooling is better than public school. You may be protected from the social elements of that schisse we call ‘society’ but it made me so naive. I am still so different from everyone else around me, because I still to this day, six years later, am still unable to read the atmosphere, unable to empathize with people, really understand how people talk with each other.
      So stop bragging.

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      • Vivian -  May 19, 2016 - 11:53 am

        Catherine, you have provided a good argument. I home-schooled my two boys until the oldest was in 2nd grade, and the younger, kindergarten. I enrolled them mid-year of those grades because as much as I felt I was educating them, I recognized their need to be involved with other students in a traditional environment. They would watch cartoons demonstrating classroom settings, and I could tell they felt left out. Much to my husband’s resistance–extreme resistance–I knew in my gut it was the right thing to enroll them. Yes, they were quite ahead of their classmates when they started. I worried about them getting the proper education. But, fortunately, for us we live in a small town where the teachers really cared. It was community for them and both my children thrived. My youngest graduates next week with plans to become a nurse. It is hard for parents to know what to do to protect and prepare their children, so who knows if in your case you might have NOT thrived or you could have gotten mixed up with the wrong crowd, or any sort of possibilities. Take your smarts (I can tell you have them) and move on with confidence in your future. You will be just fine.

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        • Isabella -  May 19, 2016 - 4:40 pm

          I have had so many different aspects for schooling. I was in a private school until I was in second grade, home schooled for third and fourth and then placed in public school for fifth. After fifth grade, I was bullied so severely that I first started ‘dieting.’ It was more like starving myself. After that, I was home schooled again.
          I know that some people don’t have a good experience with home schooling or think home schooled people don’t have a good education or social life or something, but I can tell you from my experience, that public/private school just shoved all of their thoughts down my throat without letting me trying to explore and develop ideas of my own. I’m not saying that all public/private schools are bad, but it’s not the for everyone just like home schooling isn’t for everyone. Home schooling is incredible and it was the best option for me. I am about to finish my sophomore year of high school and I have already finished my Associates degree in history with elementary education and a minors in Spanish, French, and biology. Home schooling has given me the ability to prioritize my regular high school work and college work.
          Catherine, you provide a good argument. I will say that I am incredibly naive and I do feel fairly uncomfortable with crowds. I recently started dating, and most of the time, I am not sure how to act with him. I understand the last part of your comment. College was a huge step for me. I didn’t know how to act with the crowds and often just found myself lost in them. I’m sorry that your experience with homeschooling left you so uncomfortable, but you seem to be brilliant and that will take you further than fitting in with the popular crowd. Or any crowd. I hope that you have a successful future.
          Vivian, congratulations to your son and to you! I might not know you, but from what you’ve said, you seem to be a lot like my mom. And she has ended up raising 8 kids. Some of us are home schooled, some are in private, and some are in public. She did what she thought was best for us. Congratulations again!

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    • Isabella -  May 19, 2016 - 4:47 pm

      Haha, I am so glad that I don’t have to do common core. You are very lucky that you get done before lunch. I have all of my regular high school work during the day, plus tons of homework from college, so I usually don’t get done until 10 or 11 o’clock at night. Doing your school work outside is fun.

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  36. Emily Chan -  May 17, 2016 - 11:31 am

    Also a ƒantastic website for learning and to find out what words mean exactly. ♥ ♀ • – •

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  37. Emily Chan -  May 17, 2016 - 11:25 am

    I think it means that you are the best person who knows how to spell. ♥ ♀

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    • christal -  May 17, 2016 - 1:49 pm

      lol i also think tht too.

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      • Emily -  May 20, 2016 - 4:12 am

        that

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  38. Emanuel -  May 13, 2016 - 7:41 am

    I think that this an amazing website to look for words this is awesome

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    • conspiricy4life -  May 13, 2016 - 7:16 pm

      wow!

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    • old man jenkiens -  May 16, 2016 - 2:43 pm

      i agree this website is good for looking up some smart words for a report

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    • Meddo -  May 17, 2016 - 9:15 am

      oh nice!

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  39. Viet Hoang -  March 28, 2016 - 7:05 am

    It’s a bee that knows how to spell!!!

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    • edwin -  April 13, 2016 - 11:24 am

      are you sure

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    • YOUR CAT :) -  May 13, 2016 - 3:04 pm

      its a joke

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      • YOUR CAT :) hater -  May 17, 2016 - 2:18 pm

        just like your social life

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        • awesome kidz -  May 20, 2016 - 4:18 am

          how old are u???????????
          because that is mega Immature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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          • Not Treg -  May 20, 2016 - 3:54 pm

            No offence, but this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doesn’t make you!!!!!!!!!!!! Seem any better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ching chong hiawatha -  May 13, 2016 - 3:42 pm

      Ok…………………..

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      • TATIANA -  May 16, 2016 - 5:27 pm

        I am not intirely sure about that so yeah…………

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    • Suhaib Winkey -  May 16, 2016 - 5:12 pm

      What is wrong upstairs!? are you dumb!?

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      • Xiana -  May 17, 2016 - 9:40 pm

        lmao fr!!!!

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  40. mo -  February 3, 2016 - 4:15 pm

    yolo

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  41. john doe -  December 1, 2015 - 8:53 am

    hi

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    • Sam -  December 28, 2015 - 2:59 pm

      Hello

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      • Chloe -  January 10, 2016 - 6:10 pm

        Hi Sam

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        • owen -  May 13, 2016 - 4:02 pm

          hi sam

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        • zink -  May 17, 2016 - 11:54 am

          who is sam?! O_O

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          • Sam -  May 18, 2016 - 2:45 pm

            I am

          • Me Here -  May 20, 2016 - 7:44 am

            Do you like green eggs and ham?

      • Kadybug -  March 10, 2016 - 4:19 pm

        Hello Sam!

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      • Max -  May 13, 2016 - 5:46 am

        Greetings, Sam!

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        • anonymous -  May 14, 2016 - 5:03 pm

          hEY!!!!!!

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          • anonymous -  May 18, 2016 - 12:18 am

            hEY!!!!!!

      • YOUR CAT :) -  May 13, 2016 - 3:05 pm

        hilo

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      • Gigi -  May 15, 2016 - 8:00 am

        Hey Sam :)

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        • marie -  May 16, 2016 - 1:44 pm

          wasssssssssssssup sam :* (coming from juvi.) 956 mcallen, tx.

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      • Elizabeth -  May 16, 2016 - 8:57 pm

        Wow, Sam, you must be pretty popular.

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        • Xiana -  May 17, 2016 - 9:42 pm

          lol ik fr

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      • Spn -  May 17, 2016 - 4:22 am

        don’t you just hate tuesdays sammy

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        • zink/cg4 -  May 17, 2016 - 11:58 am

          who is sam?! O= :| :T

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          • Sam -  May 18, 2016 - 2:46 pm

            ME!!!!!
            Are you dumb upstairs?

        • Not Treg -  May 20, 2016 - 3:57 pm

          Tuesdays are bad, but Wednesdays can be worse ;)

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  42. morningglory17 -  November 11, 2015 - 3:16 pm

    Is it just me, or is it kind of funny that the people on a dictionary website can’t spell?

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    • Ammer -  November 24, 2015 - 1:30 pm

      I know, right!

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    • Sam -  December 28, 2015 - 3:00 pm

      Nobody is perfect.

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    • james -  January 26, 2016 - 12:06 pm

      yes it is just u

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    • sophia -  February 29, 2016 - 1:48 am

      ditto nobody that is on this website can spell

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      • terin -  May 13, 2016 - 12:00 pm

        honestly your right they can’t spell

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        • Tony -  May 16, 2016 - 12:11 pm

          You’re… :D

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          • zink -  May 17, 2016 - 11:56 am

            lol :)

      • Tink -  May 13, 2016 - 9:01 pm

        I think that’s why we’re on this website in the first place.

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        • Jason -  May 17, 2016 - 9:38 am

          Exactly Right!

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    • zink/cg4 -  May 17, 2016 - 11:59 am

      LOL! IKR! XD XD —-i can’t spell well :( learning dissabilities! ! ! UGH!–but yea xD

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    • Hydee -  May 18, 2016 - 10:33 pm

      What is really funny is I did graduate High School. But I am now in my 45′s and have to really ponder what some things mean,and as well how to spell the darn words….and then wonder why they say Englishis is the hardest language to learn….. Yea right……I tend to disagree at times. And now they have little cheaters students can use to help them out now….Might be helpful now, but not when your going to need to know how for later in life when it is really needed….Then what?

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  43. rylan -  November 10, 2015 - 11:58 am

    what

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  44. Elizabeth -  October 21, 2015 - 7:16 am

    Not very helpful the way ‘spelling B is explained.

    Thanks anyway.

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    • Elizabeth -  May 16, 2016 - 8:58 pm

      How dare you say that, me!

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    • Yeah whatever -  May 17, 2016 - 3:25 am

      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking when I finished reading this. How in the heck does their explanation even connect to what the “Bee” means in “Spelling Bee”. They don’t even explain how it relates to a spelling competition and what the “Bee” actually means. They just reference different types of the actual word “Bee”.

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      • Jason -  May 17, 2016 - 9:44 am

        (eye role) You need comprihention classes; you just cited the meaning while stating that it isn’t anything as such.

        The English used Bee as a word of describing a gathering. and a compatishion IS a form gathering.

        Get it now?

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  45. sahlah ayyub -  October 4, 2015 - 11:25 am

    I have a better under staning for a middle schooler.

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    • loveanimal8466 -  May 16, 2016 - 2:32 pm

      People should check their spelling at all sites, especially at a site like dictionary.com ( cough cough sahlah ayyub ). It’s understanding, not under staning. Plus, if anyone wrote staning, it should havea red line under it.

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      • loveanimal8466 -  May 16, 2016 - 2:33 pm

        Sorry I wrote ” havea ” instead of have a

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  46. sahlah ayyub -  October 4, 2015 - 11:23 am

    cool definition .I like dictionary .com it is just cool like for kids like me that’s in middle school students like me

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    • TEss STien -  May 16, 2016 - 8:15 am

      learn to spell

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      • Yeah whatever -  May 17, 2016 - 3:28 am

        The person that you are snarking is only in Middle School. They even state that in their message. I say give the kid a break. You have NO IDEA how old they may be.

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    • Pauline Cahill -  May 16, 2016 - 8:19 am

      You don’t have to be a student to enjoy the site. I am an author in my sixties and use both the dictionary and the thesaurus. A lot!

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      • geral -  May 17, 2016 - 5:37 pm

        I love this website! it’s my favorite dictionary, and I am not a native speaker, but the definitions are really good. BTW, I’m in my thirties :)

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        • ashley -  May 23, 2016 - 10:58 am

          that is good but thirties is a little weard

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    • YEP -  May 25, 2016 - 10:07 am

      I AM IN ELEMENTERY

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  47. Mason Burns -  August 18, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    I almost got first place in a spelling bee! The word I misspelled was ‘access’. That’s how I thought it was spelled, so I am confused. Is that how its spelled?

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    • Bridget -  October 18, 2015 - 8:38 am

      Is it possible the word was excess and not access? Did you ask for a definition?

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    • Major Burns -  May 15, 2016 - 12:41 pm

      Furthermore, it might have been “axis” or “axes” (plural of “axe”). All of these words can sound similar, so asking for a definition would have been prudent.

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  48. The Person Who is Typing This -  July 24, 2015 - 8:36 pm

    I love interrobangs!!

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    • Claire -  May 13, 2016 - 9:59 am

      TIL! I’m kind of in love with this word and the fact that there is a name for such punctuation. Thanks :)

      Reply
  49. james -  May 23, 2015 - 9:47 am

    the spellingbee lasted 35 ronds

    Reply
  50. abe -  May 20, 2015 - 7:38 pm

    hi

    yooooo

    Reply
  51. Eric -  May 20, 2015 - 3:24 pm

    Now why would this article hyperlink championship words that dictionary.reference.com doesn’t recognize? Should I be going to a different dictionary website?

    Reply
    • R. Coon -  May 26, 2015 - 4:38 pm

      Why would you use a dictionary for a spelling test?

      Reply
      • Olivia G. Pedigo -  June 1, 2015 - 1:49 pm

        Because some of the words are not on the spelling list, and so you have to study the dictionary. Who knows what words they could bring up?

        Reply
    • Bridget -  October 18, 2015 - 8:41 am

      I have the same problem and was just wondering the same thing. For example, one of my words in nenuphar and it there aren’t any results. I study the definitions too, but the main reason I use dictionary.com is for pronunciations because they don’t always show up on google.

      Reply
      • geral -  May 17, 2016 - 5:40 pm

        Me too! especially because it has both spelling and IPA pronunciation… :)

        Reply
  52. Olivia G. Pedigo -  May 20, 2015 - 11:33 am

    I am speller 178 in the National spelling bee this year, and I head to Washington, DC in just four days! There are crazy words, like tchotchke, Gesamtkunstwerk, xerogel, xylary, hypsometry, and other ones that are even crazier. Three of these words were underlined in red when I typed them, so, apparently they are not in this computer’s dictionary (BTW, if you want to see my profile, just go to spellingbee.com, click on Meet The Spellers, go to the North Carolina section, and click on speller 178, Olivia G. Pedigo, and that’s me).

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    • Deb Maute -  May 26, 2015 - 11:19 am

      Dear Olivia,
      Since you are the only contestant that I now know of, I will be pulling for you to win. I like that you told us about yourself and today you are on your way. The hard work that you have put in to get to this point is why you get to compete. That is what makes you a winner already. Win or lose, you are a champion already in my opinion. Be kind, be gracious and be proud but not arrogant. And have fun too!
      All the best to you,
      Deb

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      • Olivia G. Pedigo -  June 1, 2015 - 1:51 pm

        Thank you! I did fine, but I did not pass preliminaries. I was only five points away from passing, though.

        Reply
    • Dez -  May 26, 2015 - 1:28 pm

      Good luck Olivia, speller 178

      Reply
    • Eric Lee -  May 27, 2015 - 5:00 am

      Good luck Olivia! I’m pulling for you!

      Reply
    • chocolate -  May 29, 2015 - 12:15 pm

      you like Narnia? awesome!!! and apparently your a Christian too? AWESOME!!!

      Reply
      • Olivia G. Pedigo -  June 1, 2015 - 1:39 pm

        Yes, I am a Christian. I’m glad you’re a Christian, too. I did not make it to semifinals, but I did pretty well. God was definitely with me when I was up on stage! I was praying all the while, and he certainly answered my prayers! I tied for 50th place, but I’m gonna try to do better next year. By the way, here is a sentence that I made up involving both of the two words I spelled correctly on stage: The agnostic wrote a brouillon on the pros and cons of atheism and Christianity. Do you like it? My youth pastor challenged me to think of one, and he said it was good. He and his wife were very sweet to go to Washington, DC to support me. They were praying for me the whole time.

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        • neenee -  June 3, 2015 - 9:12 am

          Very proud of you making the finals at the national level. Way cool! I watched the competition and will watch next year. Hope you do well in 2016 and make it again. I am glad you had your “support team” with you.

          You sound like a resourceful, bright, young lady. Didn’t know of link to see participant profiles. Will check that out. Here in Springfield IL we had a 6th grader from Sherman (town just north) attend. I’m sure he will go next year!

          This “old fossil” loves reading and learning new words….not sure of when the Bee started but would have loved to participate back in early 1970′s! (I’m sure you can figure out about how old I am…..!) neenee

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        • Nan -  July 13, 2015 - 9:07 pm

          It has been interesting to read your interchange, Olivia. You’re a real winner to get as far as you did. When I was in school, I never progressed.
          Keep studying. Youth ministers play a really important role in lives.

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      • Name not shown -  July 5, 2015 - 5:41 am

        errr u don’t have to be a christian to be awesome

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        • no -  May 15, 2016 - 1:40 pm

          true

          Reply
  53. korbin -  May 20, 2015 - 9:19 am

    ok

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    • iliketurtles -  May 20, 2015 - 12:18 pm

      (re)

      Reply
    • Lenny -  May 21, 2015 - 8:46 am

      ( ͡°͜ ʖ ͡°)

      Reply
  54. Alicia -  May 20, 2015 - 5:10 am

    I think that the spelling bee is something that you will always remember !!!!! It is very nerve wrecking if u are in it.☺

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  55. Anonymous -  May 20, 2015 - 3:57 am
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    • Lenny -  May 21, 2015 - 8:47 am

      ( ͡°͜ ʖ ͡°)

      Reply
      • DogLady -  May 29, 2015 - 3:44 am

        Lenny, how do you do that? ♪♪

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      • #coolio -  July 3, 2015 - 3:51 pm

        how do u do that??????

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  56. Greyseal -  May 19, 2015 - 10:53 pm

    I find it curious that 3 of the 7 words you reference at the end of the article as former championship words: chiaroscurist, maculature and crustaceology are not defined in your dictionary.

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    • LJ -  May 21, 2015 - 7:46 am

      I agree! That’s very strange.

      Reply
    • John C -  May 29, 2015 - 7:33 pm

      In that vein, I discovered a few months ago that graphene was, surprisingly, missing from this dictionary. I submitted it to Word of the Day – it wasn’t selected, but is now included. Coincidence perhaps, or WOTD sumissions act as an investigative spur to the editors.

      Reply
  57. Dolfin Lover -  May 19, 2015 - 7:27 am

    Bee Happy is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny

    Reply
    • nona -  May 20, 2015 - 2:22 pm

      sure

      Reply
  58. kaidigme -  May 18, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    My spelling bee’s words are:
    fhqwhgads
    anidaidbafulous
    freddyphobia
    it
    yurmoma
    uptownfunkitis
    RAS syndrome

    No, it’s true! I asked my friend Joe, I asked my friend Jake, they were in the spelling bee! Seriously!

    Reply
    • Yuma Chitose -  May 20, 2015 - 8:07 pm

      Your friends lied to you. That happens often.

      Reply
  59. leanemohrski -  March 7, 2015 - 11:06 pm

    Ohh bee!

    Reply
    • My Favorite Class is the Gaben -  May 18, 2015 - 1:27 pm

      ( ͡°͜ ʖ ͡°)

      Reply
    • Bob -  May 18, 2015 - 3:57 pm

      You’re dumb

      Reply
      • fish. lel. -  May 20, 2015 - 7:13 pm

        No, thats mean.

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    • Bob -  May 18, 2015 - 3:58 pm

      Bees are dumb

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      • Whoever -  May 20, 2015 - 2:17 pm

        Actually, it has been scientifically proven that bees are very intelligent.

        Reply
  60. darkflux -  January 1, 2015 - 11:51 am

    they named it that because it’s all just a ruse to keep kids busy…busy as a bee! :D

    Reply
    • Joel Miles -  January 28, 2015 - 11:55 am

      I was in the national spelling bee last year… it’s true!

      Reply
      • page i -  February 25, 2015 - 1:57 pm

        Love it

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      • Minecraft on Mars! -  March 23, 2015 - 2:46 pm

        *sarcastic tone* Oh really?

        Reply
        • Homestar Runner -  May 18, 2015 - 4:49 pm

          Seriously.

          Reply
      • Dolfin Lover -  May 19, 2015 - 7:19 am

        I was 3rd place in district and as a first timer. :)

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    • dessi -  April 1, 2015 - 11:47 am

      duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      Reply
    • Alicia -  May 20, 2015 - 4:55 am

      Yea I thought that it would mean as busy as a bee also (: !!!

      Reply
  61. Julius s Fillie -  June 21, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Wow! It’s tof

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    • Amdalina -  January 21, 2015 - 8:25 pm

      tough*

      Reply
  62. Andrew -  June 12, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    I don’t get it

    Reply
    • Carol -  November 23, 2014 - 4:04 pm

      I don’t either :( Maybe check it out on Google as now I’m curious.

      Reply
      • ben -  December 2, 2014 - 1:20 pm

        i love this

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  63. I'm The Best -  June 8, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    I know I’m the best. I’ve got a better explanation than this crap. This is useless.

    RUBBISH, RUBBISH AND PLAIN CRAPPING RUBBISH!

    Reply
    • Strong Bad -  May 18, 2015 - 4:50 pm

      Holy crap! You say that too?

      Reply
    • Lenny -  May 19, 2015 - 5:55 am

      ( ͡°͜ ʖ ͡°)

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  64. Deviant Pasta & the 5 Man Salad -  May 30, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    There is no explanation of why! They take us all for fools, they do! It’s time for us common folk to Rise Up as One and get answers to this question, no matter how dirty Dictionary.com chooses to fight!

    Reply
    • Teya -  June 3, 2014 - 7:52 am

      What’s the point? I thought I was missing the point. I read it twice to make sure “I got it”.

      Reply
  65. Deviant Pasta & the 5 Man Salad -  May 30, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    Honey never goes bad and this article explains nothing. It acknowledges the mystery with no explanation. Dictionary.com trickery, trickery! Trickery!!

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  66. wolf tamer tree climber -  April 21, 2014 - 6:14 am

    guyz i dont know how 2 spell lost evry spelling bee

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    • gretchl -  April 23, 2014 - 10:03 am

      that’s ok W.T.T.C. there are different styles of intelligences

      Reply
    • Andrew -  June 12, 2014 - 8:53 pm

      same here

      Reply
  67. Yo Mama -  April 1, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    I know how to spell the words if I get to write them, but saying it? That’s outa the question.

    Reply
    • Yo Dada -  April 1, 2014 - 8:16 pm

      Ikr!

      Reply
    • theorycraft -  April 4, 2014 - 2:34 pm

      haha, that’s probably muscle memory. To test this, try spelling the same words while writing in all caps or cursive.

      Reply
    • Dolfin Lover -  May 19, 2015 - 7:21 am

      I do sign language to remember how to spell it.

      Reply
    • Yo loving daughter -  May 20, 2015 - 8:08 pm

      Mhm.

      Reply
  68. praveeman -  March 26, 2014 - 5:15 am

    Im in 2014′s spelling bee! Some words are :

    triskaidekaphobia

    anthropocentrism

    ophthalmologist

    tomorrow -_-

    pharmaceutical

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    • philis -  April 1, 2014 - 5:13 pm

      LOVE IT!! This is a great article and I will be contacting Dr.Marnish soon :) this is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me ever. It has saved my life because I dont have any friends so reading this is a real factor of my life that has made me really happy so thanks so much Dr.M ily xxx

      Reply
    • philis -  April 1, 2014 - 5:14 pm

      APRIL FOOL BRA!!! ;)

      Reply
    • anonymous -  April 9, 2014 - 1:38 pm

      Wow, tomorrow? Like WOW, much easy. Considering that, they should add Doge to that list.

      Reply
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    • what??? -  May 19, 2015 - 3:41 am

      Are you being serious?

      Reply
  70. None of your Beeswax -  May 30, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Yes, this article is well written.The point is why not just call it a spelling competition? You have kids say in school to their teachers.. Why is it called this way? And they make the explanation so difficult. This is why kids’s brains gets so cluttered leaving them with questions marks in their thoughts like “huh?” lol

    Reply
    • philis -  April 1, 2014 - 5:18 pm

      I see what you did there with your name hahaha very tricky ;) lel

      Reply
  71. Sammie Prestwood -  May 30, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Supaahhhh Interesting! :) :) :)

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  72. Lucky -  May 29, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    still don’t know why it’s called a spelling bee

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  73. unicorn -  May 29, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Who can draw a cheetah?!

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    • Princess Pleia -  May 18, 2015 - 6:14 pm

      Me!

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    • dfgjafngk,rnhilgfndgfdjggo im sorry im not stupid im just a bored 12 year old getting of of quizlet -  May 20, 2015 - 3:39 pm

      fsdfgsdilysdgjkgdy9tgj,dfkjh9eiugheriturehbt9uglrgfjnNEBUCHADNEZZAR

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  74. beebee -  May 29, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    its unicorn I changed my name into beebee

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  75. unicorn -  May 29, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  76. unicorn -  May 29, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyy

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  77. jjksdad -  May 29, 2013 - 11:57 am

    you guys are sad for thinking so much of spelling bees.

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  78. eric -  May 29, 2013 - 10:01 am

    oddly, the supposed difference “joining of neighbors to work on a single activity to help a neighbor in need” is not substantially different from what bees do, single minded activity to benefit the colony.

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    • russell -  May 19, 2015 - 5:44 pm

      that is so !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@@@@@@@@@@%%%%%%%%%%%%******************************88 cool

      Reply
  79. purple master101 -  May 29, 2013 - 3:20 am

    lol this article is so funnyThe earliest printed reference to spelling bee dates back to 1825. However, children had been engaged in competitive wordplay for years beforehand. imean that is just helaarious and so are the comment made by the peple purple master101 out

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  80. ZTbhe -  May 28, 2013 - 7:36 pm

    that still makes no sense but bees are cute insects so… frank who? Zhang? DOOFENSHMIRTZ? SOMETHING?

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    • Geoff -  June 10, 2014 - 3:01 pm

      Ha! I see what ya did there. Zheng, Riordan reference!

      Reply
  81. Brendan -  May 28, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    How I do miss thw days of the spelling bee. It was like a linguistic log roll, trying to stay on and stay up. Question though; does your ad and photo for this article actually involve a bee? It sure looks like a wasp. ~B

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  82. BERNADETTE/BENNIE -  May 28, 2013 - 3:42 pm

    Love good spelling…was a reasonable speller. Was a teacher of English but thought it was more important that children use the word even if the spelling wasn’t up to scratch.

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  83. maximum ride -  May 28, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Apparently I was the first 6th grader to win in 18 years. It wasn’t very hard to do, so it doesn’t strike me as a big accomplishment. I’m not in the National Spelling Bee this year, though. Next year, I will spell paradigm or superlative or ostentatious or whatever it was right. I will.

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  84. maximum ride -  May 28, 2013 - 1:26 pm

    I won the Spelling Bee at my school, and memory is not just what helps you win. I pored over dictionaries, spelling lists, commonly misspelled words, et cetera. I made packets of words derived from foreign languages, and quizzed myself. I have to say, though, that the spelling bee at my school was not challenging in the least. And I’m only in 6th grade! I’m 11!

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  85. JackaBee -  May 28, 2013 - 9:50 am

    I know this is off the topic of the spelling bee, but I believe that the picture on the Dictionary.com Homepage of the “bee” on the flower that contained the link to this article is a picture of a wasp not a bee. It certainly isn’t a honey bee. The picture at the beginning of this article showing the “Bee” on the dictionary, does appear to be a honey bee. Glad to see that they got that right. Be kind to the bees. We need them much more than they need us!

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    • Abby -  May 19, 2016 - 10:01 am

      That is so true! I love seeing them fly around my yard.

      Reply
  86. buzz -  May 28, 2013 - 9:26 am

    buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  87. Luke -  May 28, 2013 - 8:19 am

    I am really enamoured as well by the kids on the Geography bee.

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  88. limina -  May 28, 2013 - 7:07 am

    the word bee as used in spelling bee is one of those language puzzles tht has never been satisfactorilyt acconted fof

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  89. Just wondering -  May 28, 2013 - 5:40 am

    Looks like there are a lot of people who will use any excuse to provoke a fight

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  90. Silly1 -  May 28, 2013 - 4:10 am

    “To bee or not to bee”. Isn’t that the question?

    Reply
  91. charlie -  May 27, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    I luv spelling beeez!!!

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  92. Papa Ken -  May 27, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    “Hukt Awn Fonicks” wurkt fer mee!

    Reply
  93. saleem -  May 27, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    bee! sweet to pronounce just as it give us sweet honey… lol

    Reply
  94. e257 -  May 27, 2013 - 11:49 am

    For goodness sake, kids, your whining reflects poorly on other atheists (and I am one). Please convince yourself in private.

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  95. unicorn -  May 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I saw a wasp hive right near my door in my backyard.I have to be careful when I get out into the backyard

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  96. Elli -  May 27, 2013 - 8:11 am

    BTW, I like spelling bees and jeopardy but, i
    never played Chess. And, I’d like to learn how.

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  97. Elli -  May 27, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Hey! Why are you guys writing 9 paragragh essays about spelling bees? Take a chill pill!

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    • Abby -  May 19, 2016 - 10:18 am

      9 paragraph essays about spelling bees???!!! WOW!That is long!

      Reply
  98. Naza -  May 27, 2013 - 3:56 am

    Wow……………I’m impressed. I never thought that the word “bee” had such a deep meaning to it.

    Reply
  99. Abdul Vahid -  May 27, 2013 - 3:44 am

    The right way to understand the language :-)

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  100. C.Kid -  May 27, 2013 - 2:59 am

    :lol: Interesting…

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  101. Alex Pan -  May 26, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    I thougth in means people do the spelling and gather around like bees

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    • loveanimal8466 -  May 16, 2016 - 2:55 pm

      You mean ” I thought IT means ”

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  102. lindsay boo -  May 26, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    i won my school spelling bee in 4th grade it was fun to go to the regionals but i got the word castanets wrong i spelled it like this: castinettes: boohoo but yay;0:)

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  103. Sage Amberly -  May 26, 2013 - 4:12 am

    I wish people who post here, even in “text lingo” (ROFL, LOL, etc.), would at least spell correctly. I mean, this is a dictionary, for goodness’ sake!

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  104. Rose Wilder -  May 26, 2013 - 4:10 am

    Jay! Ole Ed! Archon! Stop arguing please. Ole Ed, please try to act Christ-like. Jay, please don’t provoke everyone else. Archon, you’re only making things worse. You’re being just as “emotionalistic” as Ole Ed. Now, everyone on this site, please listen up:

    IF YOU DON’T QUIT ARGUING, YOU WILL TURN THIS POST INTO A WAR ABOUT RELIGION, JUST LIKE WITH THE POST ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD “MAY”!

    By the way, Archon, what do you mean about the “buttons clearly marked and easy to access, just waiting to be pushed”? God, the Rock, stands firm, and those who trust in Him cannot be swayed . . .

    If anyone actually read this, THANK YOU! :-D

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  105. Yankiemog -  May 26, 2013 - 2:39 am

    When I was a little kid I misbeehived by beating the hell off a behave All the bees came out after me. I ran to Mother and they gave her a rare seeing too for having such a brat of a kid.

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  106. Kate Sanderson -  May 26, 2013 - 1:26 am

    Um, excuse me, Archon? Maybe you should take another look at the facts. You’ll find they fit better into our “narrow religious worldview” than they do yours.
    P.S. Not to start a religious war here, but just had to say it . . .

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    • Not Available -  May 16, 2016 - 2:55 am

      Maybe if you’re trying to rebut someone, just reply to their post. It’ll help to contain the looming religion war.

      Reply
  107. SPELLING-BEE | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  May 25, 2013 - 8:38 am

    [...] the color of envious poop — The Buzz-buzz-buzzing for an environmental ‘Spelling-Bee’.  –>>L.T.Rhyme This entry was posted in DICTCOMHOTWORD, L.T.Rhyme and tagged LT, [...]

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  108. Archon -  June 8, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    @ Ole Ed,

    Jay’s quiet observation that hard-line Christians often react swiftly and strenuously to even the merest hint that they could be wrong, is hardly hate-filled slop. Your over-the-top, emotionalistic rant, however, gave him exactly what he wanted. Not only a satisfying Broadway-quality performance, but proof and justification for his claim. “WE won’t change?” Of course not, you’re as predictable as sunrise, all the buttons clearly marked and easy to access, just waiting to be pushed. You’ve had your minds made up for you and you’re not going to be swayed by facts which don’t fit into your narrow religious world-view.

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  109. cdmsr -  June 7, 2011 - 1:41 am

    @Great White Troll (and to Amit):

    You wrote, “Spelling bees are nothing more than a memory game for children. They portray no true measurement of intelligence.”

    Memory is a fundamental element of intelligence. If you can’t remember something, you don’t know it. That is the difference between rote versus actual learning. Most people can recite the alphabet but very few could tell you the 12th or 19th or 8th, etc., letter of the alphabet without running through their rote ABC’s while maintaining a mental tally.

    The skills demonstrated by these exceptional kids are developed and honed through study and practice. They study etymology, the rules of pronunciation and spelling and, yes, mnemonics. But when they step forward on that stage, there is a lot more going on in their brains than the functions of memory.

    @Ole Ed:

    Dear Kettle,

    You are black.

    Sincerely,

    Pot

    Regarding Jay’s expression of appreciation for the absence of “SkyMan write Magic Book” trolls mucking up a decent comment thread — as they are undeniably wont to do — I unreservedly second his comment. Your response — “antireligious slime,” as though any rejection of religion should be automatically subject to the harshest condemnation — is both typical and indicative of the level of discourse religionists generally contribute.

    Jay’s statement is an exception. The rule is, in my experience, that well over 90% of the time it is the religionists (always xtians) who inject the subject into an unrelated thread. Jay went preemptive and must have known the response. Maybe he did and was just being deliberately provocative. Regardless, I would be happy to ‘slime’ you in much less polite terms. Like the late, great Greg Giraldo’s observation that you have an entire religion based on one girl really sticking to her story. Or, based on your own canon, you have a religion based on the rape of a somnambulant teenaged virgin female by a predatory deity. (I guess the priests were unclear on the gender.)

    Religion is just another superstition conceived by ignorant protohumans to comfort themselves, to explain natural phenomena beyond their ken. If it hadn’t been seized upon and exploited by despots to control their subjects it might have faded away long ago.

    I say ‘might’ because, after all, people embrace a myriad versions of magical thinking. Take Nancy Reagan. Please. But, seriously,as the wife of MoRonald Reagan, one of a long line of mentally and morally challenged Republican presidents, she was big on astrology and would have moRon’s itenerary and agenda vetted by her astrologer. I don’t know if John Hinckley believes in astrology.

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    • Abby -  May 19, 2016 - 10:16 am

      i only read from above the @Ole Ed thing but if i read it correctly i think it is perfectly true.I go on stage about 2-10 times a year and i use my power of amazing memory to remember my lines and/or my song or notes.

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  110. Archon -  June 6, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    After reading yesterday’s column about confabulation, where people continue to talk and make claims without being sure of the facts, it was interesting (and somewhat depressing) to tie it to Jays post about expecting religious fundies to claim something about this article wasn’t true. It’s obvious you don’t have to be religious to insist, even in the face of demonstrable proof to the contrary, that what you believe is true.

    The spelling bee wasn’t “in” Washington DC, even the producers tell us that. It was actually held in a small town in Maryland which is part of the conurbation which includes Washington. A hunk of Maryland surrounds two sides of Washington, but Washington isn’t in Maryland. That’s why we say Washington DC, not Washington, MD. Despite two inattentive posters’ claims that they were there, they didn’t notice that, while they had been in Washington, by the time they got to the Bee, they were in Maryland.

    Nobody likes to admit that they are wrong, but the time spent insisting that you “were there” could be better spent using a map and shaving a little off that know-it-all attitude.

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  111. hasan -  June 6, 2011 - 9:50 am

    Eighth grader Sukanya Roy became the 2011 Scripps Spelling Bee Champion Thursday, taking home the trophy and more than $40,000 in prizes. The Associated Press reports the Abington Township, Penn., 14-year-old is the fourth Indian-American in a row to win the spelling bee. “Cymotrichous” was the word that won her the competition, meaning something that relates to wavy hair.

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  112. Marcos -  June 6, 2011 - 6:13 am

    Ezekiel, …and for someone who wrote “No offence” after criticizing what another intended as a joke, he better checks his own spelling as well.

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  113. Archon -  June 6, 2011 - 1:05 am

    @ Anonymous

    Read my earlier explanation to David, or Kevin’s post just above. You “went to Washington.” You didn’t “land in Washington” because the airport is across the river in Virginia, and when you got to the spelling bee at the convention center, you were outside the boundary of Washington and almost 2 miles into Maryland. I know it all looks the same, but there are border lines. You were in Washington, just not when you attended the bee.

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  114. Asian. -  June 6, 2011 - 12:08 am

    English originated from too many languages. You either need exceptional memory or a knowledge of pronunciations and their spelling of many languages. By the way, I’m going to die when I compete in this year’s state competition since I’m sure I’ll be smothered. It might not take extreme amounts of wisdom, but it takes learning capacity. Many have read the dictionary, though what you really need is a good understanding of how words are formed.

    @Alex
    Come on. I know this may not be the best place to troll, but even I troll sometimes. It’s not poking fun at anybody but the ones reading their comments because it’s a joke and a statement to provoke reactions out of people for fun. I even enjoy reading some. Anybody who trolls on Dictionary.com, I would assume, would be quite an amateur at such an art. Yes, yes, it’s an art, though hard to make pretty for the general crowd. It’s why I’d say the ones here are amateurs at best.

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  115. Ernie -  June 5, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    No wonder students of English spell so horribly, they are just too many ways to write the same thing.

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    • Dolfin Lover -  May 19, 2015 - 7:25 am

      TO TRUE

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  116. Kevin -  June 5, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    @David and Haha> You pitifully inept geography losers. @Haha, Washington DC is it’s own entity, without a seat in Congress, hence the longstanding license plates “taxation without representation”. @David, the Spelling Bee was at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, which is near DC, but located in Maryland…like the Fedex field (Washington Redskins stadium)

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  117. Michalis -  June 5, 2011 - 11:28 am

    I think I could win some. Most of the words are of Greek origin and I am Greek… :o)

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  118. Don -  June 5, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I like spelling bees..great entertainment

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  119. anonymous -  June 5, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Are you kidding!? That spelling bee was in Washington, I was there!

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  120. Luck in W -  June 4, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    @Amit

    Competitors in spelling bees are allowed to ask for the meaning of a word. For those who have never seen even a part of one–I’ve never watched a complete bee myself–there are more and more loan words from any number of foreign languages, at present mostly European but not exclusively so. If you’ve ever tried to spell Italian words, e.g., you’ll have a hard time unless you learned that language at some time.

    As for having a good memory not being a sign of intelligence–that’s quite true. However, it can certainly help you to correlate somewhat obscure facts to come up with possible answers for problems. So that ability to correlate facts is definitely more important. But if you aren’t aware of or can’t remember facts that might help solve problems, you are less able to put your intelligence to work.

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  121. hello =) -  June 4, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    hey… nice to finally know where the bee in spelling bee came from.. = )

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  122. hello =) -  June 4, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    hey.. nice 2 no where the bee in spelling bee came from… = )

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  123. Alex -  June 4, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    I greatly enjoyed this article. I have always loved all things intellectual, and this is no exception! I don’t know a single person who doesn’t wonder where “bee” came from.

    As for all of you who are misspelling intentionally, it really shows how much you really care about the amazing achievements of these kids. How is it funny to poke fun at the fact that they seem to know more than you?

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    • Dolfin Lover -  May 19, 2015 - 7:26 am

      It makes NO sense I agree with Alex

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      • abe -  May 20, 2015 - 7:47 pm

        ya

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  124. ashi -  June 4, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    i think “supercilious” is a really pretty word :)

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  125. Susan -  June 4, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    I didnt get it o.O :/

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    • zink -  May 17, 2016 - 11:53 am

      nither did i :| :| :| :|

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  126. Miles -  June 4, 2011 - 9:50 am

    We’ve got kids spelling words like “Chiaroscurist”, “Smaragdine”, and “Maculature”.

    I’d be happy if some grownups could just correctly spell “lose” with one “o”!

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  127. Marvin -  June 4, 2011 - 9:24 am

    vat is et wit al da playa haterz not being able too halfve a sense of humor
    cmon ets caled a joke guyz

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  128. Rusty -  June 4, 2011 - 8:48 am

    I had a dreem lass nigt that I one tha anule spieling be won yeer.

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  129. Builder -  June 4, 2011 - 8:31 am

    @Steve
    Great explanation… thanks. This whole subject has been a lifelong fascination for me, and your contribution sheds even more light into the dim areas. English is undergoing constant modification, and the rise of digital communication has accelerated change significantly. It would be interesting to see how grammar and spelling have changed over the next several generations.

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  130. Ole Ed -  June 4, 2011 - 7:09 am

    To “Jay”
    Is it your turn to start trouble by bringing in the anti-religious slime? You atheists can’t wait for a chance to infiltrate a chat to bring up your hate filled slop. Give it up….WE won’t change.

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    • Geoff -  June 10, 2014 - 3:07 pm

      We don’t want u to change. I am an aetheist a almost all of my friends are religious, so please don’t call our logic based opinion “slime”

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      • Geoff -  June 10, 2014 - 3:14 pm

        We don’t want u to change. I am an aetheist a almost all of my friends are religious, so please don’t call our logic based opinion “slime”

        OK, after reading jay’s, I understand your point on this.

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  131. Edify -  June 4, 2011 - 4:26 am

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.That is interesting.

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  132. Willie Webster -  June 4, 2011 - 4:24 am

    Who uses these words anyway? It’s time to take words OUT of dictionaries.

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  133. DeeJay -  June 4, 2011 - 3:21 am

    I wuz in 1 and i came 4th!
    lol
    :)

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  134. Halle -  June 3, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Spelling bees are the best I’ve won 3!

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  135. Eliwrites -  June 3, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    I have to say that, as someone that used to compete in spelling bees when I was in school, this article was very interesting. For those that think a spelling bee is simple memorization, I would have to disagree. There are millions of words in the American English language. A person could NEVER memorize all of the words they use for the national spelling bee.

    When I was studying, I had to learn the Greek and Latin root words so I might be able to determine the spelling based on pronunciation and meaning. I also learned the more common French, German, and Spanish word roots that are used in American English. I am firmly of the belief that living in Germany for three years as a child helped tremendously with this.

    Another big thing with spelling bees, especially when you get to the Regional level and above, is being able to concentrate with a large number of people watching. I am always impressed with the composure of the kids that compete. At my Regional competition, I blew it on the word conjunctivitis when a family member walked into the auditorium.

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  136. Haha -  June 3, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    @David E.
    Washington D.C. is in Maryland!!

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    • Palaniappan Rajaram -  November 22, 2014 - 7:09 am

      Are you serious or being sarcastic? If you think DC is in Maryland, you should ask for your money back from your school. While DC was carved out of Maryland and Virginia, it is a completely separate federal enclave.

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    • loveanimal8466 -  May 16, 2016 - 3:06 pm

      @Haha
      You remind me of a man who thought Alaska was next to Hawaii. Well, if you think Washington D.C. is in Maryland, then I guess you agree with that man.

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  137. Arcanis -  June 3, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Woot to all who love this article

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  138. Arcanis -  June 3, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    @ Ezekiel Rage

    you spelled “offense” wrong, that should’ve showed up in the spelling error

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  139. Arcanis -  June 3, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    i know this has nothing to do with the previous comments or conversations, but

    BEES ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  140. Fools... -  June 3, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    I love that people are using “text language” on Dictionary. Freeking. Dot. Com.
    “I luv Spelin Beez!
    I alwaiz bee happie wenz me seez 1!! ‹(ô_ô)›”
    Some of that is even bad spelling in a text!
    “ROLF! I luve de speeling bee to! It make me ove the board to wathes, but its happier to reed ove eet after in teh newspapeh! LOLOL!”
    You spelt ROFL wrong you troglodyte.

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  141. Archon -  June 3, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    @ David E.

    Washington D.C. butts up against Maryland, among other political entities. Oxon Hill, MD. is just outside the imaginary line which encloses it, so close that you could throw a rock from one into the other. No-one has ever heard of Oxon Hill, so TV promoters do what they always do, they lie their face off and tell us that the contest is in “Washington DC”, to get our attention. This shit goes on all the time. I just ordered two books from Motor City Books, which is actually in Riverview, MI, a good 30 miles downriver from Detroit.

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  142. Archipelago -  June 3, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    At Preston: Wow…musta taken lots of imagination–seriously, no sarcasm :D It seems like a quite a bit more than a mixture of a spelling bee, chess, and jeopardy…

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  143. I'm an evil potato. -  June 3, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    I forgot to watch the Spelling Bee, but I wanted to.

    And by the way, I’ve been in schoolwide and countywide spelling bees and don’t find them “a memory game for children” that portrays no measurement of intelligence. It isn’t an end-all measurement of who’s smart, but there is really no way of knowing which words you get, therefore there is no way to memorize all the words, so it is not a simple memorization game.

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  144. Jessica -  June 3, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    @preston, sign me up

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  145. Jessica -  June 3, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    @ Preston. LOL, i want to participate. Is there a age ristriction cause im 13. It sounds a bit like the hunger games doesn;t it? I would lov to do and watch that. The winner would be super human. Hey what would happen if one dies????

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  146. Linda -  June 3, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    @Preston.. spelling bee, jeopardy & chess; I liked it! I thought “the Intellec’ts triathalon” —However you lost me me at stripped of your clothes. Dude these are kids!

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  147. charliey -  June 3, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    well,i used to bee in them speeling bees,but i could never do words like tht o.O

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  148. Mie Knutz -  June 3, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    @ Preston
    Sounds fun. I wanna participate~

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  149. jamie -  June 3, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    @astraeos

    GET A SENSE OF HUMOR.

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    • edwin -  April 13, 2016 - 11:26 am

      I have a sence of humor

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  150. Smitty -  June 3, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    Thanks for helping me bee informed.

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  151. Kat -  June 3, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    I came in third for the math bowl!!! don’t care much for language arts though.

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  152. Steve -  June 3, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    A couple of ESPN commentators had a little fun directly after the close of the Spelling Bee which was carried in the U.S. on the sports channel, ESPN.

    In their version of the bee, the contestant could correct their misspelling. The joke was that every subsequent attempt to spell the word resulted in a more inventive spelling that was even further away from the correct spelling.

    How can someone teach a system where most words have a dozen plausible spellings? The answer is you can’t. You can teach the high frequency spelling patterns for each phoneme. This might insure that the reader and the spellchecker could make sense of your spelling. Beyond that, you just have to memorize the dictionary. Spelling Bee champions also learn the rational spellings of every written language that loans words to English.

    No other alphabetical writing system can match English on the number of variants that one can concoct for each spoken word. Most other European writing systems spell most words the way they are spoken.

    This was not always the case. Most of these writing systems have been updated more than once to keep the spelling in sync with the spoken language.

    The problem with English spelling is that there are hundreds of spelling patterns for the 39-44 English phonemes. G. Dewey (1971) found over 400 in his abridged dictionary. In larger dictionaries there are over 1000. When every phoneme has over 14 plausible representations, a word with 5 phonemes such as /’sIz@rz/ winds up with over 10,000 plausible spellings.

    The dictionary has offers only one possible phonemic spelling of this word. A notation that was isomorphic with the dictionary might spell the word “sizerz”. The most plausible spelling in our traditional writing system is probably “sissers”. Unfortunately this is not the correct spelling.

    The early English lexicographer, Johnson, decided that the spelling that most of the best writers of his day used was “scissors”, so that became the sole correct spelling and the other variant spellings you find in 17the century correspondence would now be incorrect.

    It was not until after 1800 that the concept of one correct spelling per spoken word became accepted in America.

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  153. JAFO -  June 3, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    “Spelling bees are nothing more than a memory game for children. They portray no true measurement of intelligence.”

    Great White Troll,

    This is actually NOT true as the contestants do have at least some modicum of intelligence. These kids don’t just memorize how to spell words, they learn the roots and the origins of words to help them to spell anything.

    Haven’t you ever seen “Akeelah and the Bee?”

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  154. astraeos -  June 3, 2011 - 10:43 am

    @cap’n buck
    thats not even trolling, no one knows what trolling is. everyone thinks its something like when you miss spell something on purpose or you correct someone on something they miss wrote. every kid who thinks they can troll should just never come on the internet. including people who talk like “i luv teh l0l catzzz!!!!” needs to grow up and leave to.

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  155. David E. -  June 3, 2011 - 10:31 am

    Earlier this week, 275 spellers from across the country and around the globe gathered in Oxon Hill, Maryland to take part in the 84th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    Where do you get your information from? The Bee was in Washington, D.C., not Maryland!

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  156. Great White Troll -  June 3, 2011 - 10:28 am

    Spelling bees are nothing more than a memory game for children. They portray no true measurement of intelligence.

    rEdIn tWeN dA liNeZ hOwEbAr dOz

    Props go out to all of the clever folks who actually understood the poor spelling posts here, you’re above average. To those who did not (or still don’t), cease breeding operations.

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  157. The Great White Troll -  June 3, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Spelling bees are nothing more than a memory game for children. They portray no true measurement of intelligence.

    rEdIn tWeN dA liNeZ hOwEbAr dOz

    Props go out to all of the clever folks who actually understood the poor spelling posts here, you’re above average. To those who did not (or still don’t), cease breeding operations.

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    • wolf gamer and tree muncher -  May 29, 2014 - 2:46 pm

      i am much smarter than everyone in my 6th grade class even though i am 32 and i am a great speller so how do you explain that?? i think you are just an internet troll sir, don’t you have something better to do?

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    • neenee -  June 3, 2015 - 9:37 am

      “Reading ‘tween the lines however does!”

      Thanks for stimulating my synapses this morning! Love a good challenge…

      neenee

      I think I was illiterate in one of my past lives, this was too easy…..sigh

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  158. Lola -  June 3, 2011 - 10:05 am

    My goodness @ Smoothius, Vandelay & Ezekial.

    Were is youre since of humor? LOL

    Laughter is the key to longevity…
    Happy Friday :-)

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  159. smoothius -  June 3, 2011 - 8:23 am

    wow, real nice postings for a spelling bee article:(

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  160. da Martian -  June 3, 2011 - 8:16 am

    sum pipl jus cant spot a jok evn if it punched ‘em in da face xD

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  161. Julie -  June 3, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Ezekiel…Jacob was just having fun…wie elz wuld hie hav mis-speled ;oD

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  162. Cap'n Buck -  June 3, 2011 - 7:41 am

    @ Ezekiel Rage:
    Trolling is a art.

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  163. Jay -  June 3, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Where are all the religious nuts trying to tie God or something into this? Kind of miss the silly rhetoric. I’ve seen some good byplays and discussions be absolutely degraded into “If you don’t believe the way I do, you’re going to hell” idiocy.

    As far as the words and bees, wow, it’s amazing what these kids can do. More power to them…

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  164. Dandy -  June 3, 2011 - 7:38 am

    @Ezekiel Rage
    I’m sure that comment was a joke =P
    and so are the other “lol i luve de spellin be 2!” comments

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  165. Preston -  June 3, 2011 - 7:30 am

    In the second half of the game you will have to face off against General Zaroff, Sun Tzu, Ulysses S. Grant, king Leonidas, and Odysseus. This challenge will take part in a huge land filled with a variety of environments. Although don’t get too comfortable, because what is that lurking in the shadows? It’s none other than a Sith assassin tracking you down getting ever closer to his prey. Although you could try to fare the rough waters of the Aridian sea, however you may be eaten by Charybdis…it is a trade off but if you and your crew are successful they can move to round three.

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  166. Preston -  June 3, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Hmm, I don’t think I could win one. Although if they want a real challenge I say they mix spelling bees with jeopardy and chess. The spelling part would pit contestants against Stephen King. The Jeopardy round would pit contestants against the human sphinx otherwise known as Stephen Hawking. The last Chess round would make contestants play against the super computer Watson, if time runs out or you lose the match you are stripped of your clothes. If it’s a tie the runner ups will face off in a gladiatorial battle, using a variety of weapons. As the competitors struggle to win they will have team up to go against a unit of Elite U.S. Navy SEALS in a cooperative battle of both physical and mental prowess. This round will be dubbed “the gauntlet of tactical brutality” in which case the remaining contestants left over from the gladiatorial rounds team up against the SEALS to hold out as long as they can in ever changing terrain, along with the side objective of finding the crystal skull. Although they will have to seek shelter at night from the roaming packs ninjas and decepticons that rain projectiles from the sky. Oh yeah and Bear Grills will also be unleashing a herd of voracious werewolves on your trail if you try to escape through the forest path. However if you are well versed in the art of politics you may be able to gain two additional skill points and thus recruit either master chief or Optimus Prime as an additional teammate. Keep in mind that each one has their benefits and disadvantages, although either one will be able to help you fend off the barbaric mountain tribes that will attack from the east. All of this for one gold leaf trophy. Anyone think this would be fun to participate in?

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    • STILL......................... -  May 25, 2016 - 10:13 am

      CHESS IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  167. vandelay97.blogspot.com -  June 3, 2011 - 7:04 am

    It’s a shame you would never be able to compete.

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  168. RICKEDY RICK -  June 3, 2011 - 6:50 am

    ROLF! I luve de speeling bee to! It make me ove the board to wathes, but its happier to reed ove eet after in teh newspapeh! LOLOL!

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  169. Beez Waxx! -  June 3, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Me luv Da Spellin Beezz
    Tis da shizznetzz!
    4 Shizzle!!

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  170. Spelling Bee Buzz -  June 3, 2011 - 6:09 am

    I actually went and watched Sukanya Roy, and I must say, she was absolutely stunning! Good for her!

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  171. Jo -  June 3, 2011 - 6:03 am

    This was very interesting!

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  172. Martha -  June 3, 2011 - 4:48 am

    WOW! I can’t even pronounce these words. To think I probably could’ve done it. WOW!

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  173. Amit -  June 3, 2011 - 4:38 am

    Do champion wordsmiths also know the meaning of the words they spell correctly? Eg, could Sukanya Roy tell me the meaning of cymotrichous? Or is it always that the meaning is given as a clue to the right spelling?

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  174. Ezekiel Rage -  June 3, 2011 - 3:22 am

    @Bee Happy! :
    Begging your pardon, but for someone who says that they “luv spelin beez,” your spelling leaves quite a lot to be desired. No offence.

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    • Carter -  June 9, 2014 - 5:58 pm

      For someone who spends any time on the internet, you seem rather ignorant of the concept of intentional irony. You also correct such “mistakes” while also committing errors of your own. In case you are unaware, “they” is plural, and therefore should not refer to one person, as in “…someone who says that they….”

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  175. jacob -  June 3, 2011 - 3:13 am

    i too vely much luv duh beez

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  176. Richard Comaish -  June 3, 2011 - 2:24 am

    Charles Butler (1560–1647) was an early English naturalist who also wrote and published in his own simplified spelling system. An overlooked genius – arguably the Isaac Newton of modern biology – he wrote a classic and influential study of bees – ‘The Feminine Monarchie’ (1609) in his simplified spelling system. A teacher and grammarian, it remains open to speculation whether he was aware of the ‘spelling bee’ coincidence, or in fact influenced inception of the concept.

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    • Meagan -  May 18, 2016 - 11:19 am

      Hello world!

      Reply
  177. Jean -  June 3, 2011 - 1:54 am

    I watched this ! so cool.
    btw,this article is informative and was written well. :D

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    • angel -  May 17, 2016 - 5:43 pm

      good

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    • jess -  May 18, 2016 - 2:37 pm

      FINALLY a good made article, so many bad comments for the bunny one that they did! this one:

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  178. Bee Happy! -  June 2, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    I luv Spelin Beez!
    I alwaiz bee happie wenz me seez 1!! ‹(ô_ô)›

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    • angel -  May 17, 2016 - 5:41 pm

      what

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      • rory -  May 23, 2016 - 6:17 pm

        wow

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      • jakobi -  May 23, 2016 - 6:54 pm

        hello my name is jeff

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    • h -  May 17, 2016 - 6:20 pm

      h

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      • :) -  May 18, 2016 - 2:41 pm

        :)

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