A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off “ursprache” to claim the title of America’s best speller on prime-time television Thursday night.
Katherine Close ‘recognized the word as soon as she heard it’:
“I’m just in shock,” Katharine said. Asked what she’ll remember most, she said: “Probably just hearing ‘ursprache,’ which is a parent language.”
I wonder how they pronounced it. The runner-up was probably named to be a speller:
Runner-up was Finola Mei Hwa Hackett, a 14-year-old Canadian, a confident speller during two days of competition who stumbled on “weltschmerz,” which means sadness over the evils of the world.
I believe spelling bees are creeping into Britain. Here is a Guardian (sic) spelling quiz.
(Via Wordlab – thanks to Abnu)