Thursday, June 02, 2005

Nerd sports rule

The National Spelling Bee returns today for the 78th year, and ESPN has your live hook-up. Alabama's champion is back for a second straight year, and she survived the fifth round a few minutes ago by nailing "daguerreotypes." Due to a quirk in the qualifying procedures, Alabama only gets one representative each year, while most other states get multiple spellers. It's not fair, but hey, neither is life.

Also, I never realized students from foreign countries not only get to enter but also have won before.


Blogger John Hubbard said...

I see she's a home schooler. I bet she don't get out much. I hope she enjoys the little social interaction she's getting this week.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Come on, she's 13 years old. Don't take cheap shots.

FYI, this story says her social interaction includes "sculpture, dance, karate, and Girl Scouting."

9:55 AM  
Blogger John Hubbard said...

I'm just jealous because she can spell words I can't even pronounce.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Heh. Point taken.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Hanging by the News said...

If students from foreign countries get to enter, then shouldn't they rename it the International Spelling Bee?

11:39 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Makes you wonder. Alas, the Alabama girl went down in the sixth round at the hands of "tropholytic," which has something to do with deep lakes and which, like any good spelling-bee word, has the added advantage of being a completely alien term to me. Still, it was a great showing on her part.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Hanging by the News said...

Tropholytic? I use the word all the time when discussing deep lakes with my comrades. Riiight.

And it's so true that most good spelling bee words are alien to the general public (even the educated public). Rarely do you get any of those words in everyday conversation.

Mastery of spelling and languages (since many of the spelling bee words are derived from other languages) is a good skill to have, but unless these kids go into fields that will use many of the specific terms they have to spell, knowledge of how to spell words like "tropholytic" is virtually useless.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Yeah, these kids should be in law school, not me.

I don't know what half of those words mean, let alone how to spell them.


2:27 PM  
Blogger King Cockfight said...

Some of these kids spelled words I can't comprehend.

Of course, [Begin shameless plug] after my spelling bee failures [End shameless plug], it's kind of hard to watch though.

4:54 PM  

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