How did this simple contest that began in 1925 turn out to be a global phenomenon? Just check out the TV coverage on the event including live prime time coverage on ABC and ESPN.
Truthe be told, I’m a goode speler myselfe. I plazed therd place in the San Francysco Pubic Skool Speling Bee when I was in seventhe greade.
Two gerls beet me. Who gave these gerls azzess to edukation. I thoght the Bible said they should be quite and sumbit, stay home, make babyies, and make my diner.
And in case you’re curious what word tripped me, it was this damn word. I was too scared to spell it correctly. I spelled it: THANATHOPHOBIA. I will never ever forget that word. And I’m still scared of death.
the fear of death or dead things (e.g., corpses) as well as things associated with death (e.g., coffins). Necrophobia is derived from Greek nekros for “corpse” and -phob- for “fear“. Thanatophobia is derived from Thanatos (θάνατος: “death”), the personification of death. The usage differs, although in common speech the terms are used interchangeably. Thanatophobia is more specifically, but not limited to the fear of one’s own death or dying. It is a subconscious production in the defense mechanism of the mind, which makes you avoid certain circumstances in life. Some symptoms are shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, sweating, dry mouth, shaking, feeling sick or queasy, psychological instability, and a feeling of dread.
Alright, spell [damn, I’m good] your beans. If you were in the spelling bee, what word did you get outed on? We’ll give some sort of prize for the biggest loser. Or if you won your contest, what was the winning word?
And in case you’re wondering: Of the 83 previous champions, the score is 43 girls and 40 boys. Anyway, here are the two videos. The first is my all-time favorite. The guys faints. No one helps him. He gets up and spells the word correctly and goes back to his seat. Clutch!
And here’s a plug for a GREAT movie: Akeelah and the Bee. One of our family favorites. Great movie. Inspiring.
AKEELAH AND THE BEE is the story of Akeelah Anderson, a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother, She enters various spelling contests- tutored by Dr. Larabee; her principal and proud neighborhood residents. Her aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.