... you need to know what they mean.
Stefan Fatsis pans the new decision by the National Spelling Bee to force contestants to memorize definitions: There are two reasons for the change. One is philosophical—that learning definitions will make the event more educational for its participants. The other is procedural—allowing the Bee to better accommodate its new overlord, television. Both are wrongheaded. … [...]
In 2006, a former Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist named Emily Stagg wrote an op-ed in the New York Times advocating a big change in the competition. Stagg wasn’t just any speller; she was one of the children profiled in the documentary Spellbound, which helped catapult the Bee from annual curiosity to primetime programming. Show More Summary
My husband loves words like "leister." It's a seven-letter word, conferring a 50-point bonus on a Scrabble player, that's made up of common letters in the game's universe of tiles. So are its anagrams "sterile" and "retiles," of course, but you can add an "s" to leister, if there happens to be a spare one on the board.
Scripps National Spelling Bee, America's annual tribute to idiocy in which do-nothing burnouts from around the country speak random letters into a microphone in the hopes that perhaps some of them will spell a word, is finally making an attempt to better itself. More »
It's no longer good enough to spell six-syllable words — kids who hope to advance to the semifinals and finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee also have to know what the head-scratchers mean. The organizers of the annual event announced Tuesday that competitors will t …
Sure, the whiz kids who make it to the National Spelling Bee each year can spell obscure words, but do they know what they mean? A vocabulary component has been added to the mix this year, which could end up stinging some stellar spellers. “Spelling...
When you're watching the spelling bee, do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that some of the kids simply memorized the dictionary? Read more...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Young contestants at the Scripps National Spelling Bee will face a new challenge this year - not only having to spell obscure words, but also to know what they mean.
Spelling Bee kids will have to know definitions via Rickey.org You can spell it, but do you know what it means? Vocabulary test added to the National Bee The Voice • American Idol • The X Factor
(WASHINGTON) — Ever wonder if those spelling bee kids know the meanings of some of those big words? Now they’ll have to prove that they do. Organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday announced a major change to the format,...Show More Summary
Arvind Mahankali was barely five years old when he first set out to win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, though of course, it took him about four years to actually make it there. Arvind first competed in the competition at the age...Show More Summary
Kathryn Hahn and Ben Falcone also star in this comedy about a middle-aged high school drop out who enters a national spelling bee. [...]
Greetings from Louisville! Will, Mangesh and I are here for IdeaFestival. Yesterday, Mangesh spoke to some of the nation’s smartest middle schoolers, who grilled him in a lively Q&A. We embarrassed ourselves at an adult spelling bee last night. And this afternoon there’s a panel featuring some of our Golden Lobe Award winners. Here’s a [...]
Click to enlarge. McDonald's being the official restaurant of the Olympics is a bit like XBox being the official study aid of the National Spelling Bee. But, of course, the biggest crime of this year's games coverage was the omission of Ray Davies from the U.S. broadcast of the closing ceremony.
Two star students battled it out for an hour and a half in Albuquerque, N.M., correctly spelling word after word, before judges threw up their hands and declared a tie in the National Spanish Spelling Bee last week. Judith Villa, a fifth-grader from Sunland Park Elementary Schoo …
Arvind Mahankali of Bayside, Queens, went far at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, so City Room presented him with its own special - some people might call them preposterous - words to spell.
From USA Today last week around the time of the National Spelling Bee: "Louisa Moats, author of several textbooks about language, said good spelling, in a word, means credibility."If a paper or an application or a report or even an e-mail contains spelling errors, people who read it judge it harshly," she said. Show More Summary
When the Scripps National Spelling Bee was held last week, I was impressed by the difficulty of the words selected for the competition. Granted, this was the championship round, but still...As reported in a live blog in the Washington...Show More Summary
Have you ever wondered why Indian-American children are often the winners of national spelling bees and geography bees? The Wall Street Journal staff did and they have theories. Take for example this year’s Scripps Spelling Bee. The top three finishers are all Indian American. Show More Summary