WORDS OF THE CHAMPIONS AND PAIDEIA

A long, long time ago - but much closer than a galaxy far, far away - Scripps distributed a booklet to spellers each year entitled Words of the Champions. This booklet was the predecessor to Paideia, which itself was the predecessor to both Spell It. At that time, Words of the Champions was over 3200 words long. Roughly 1/6th of each year's list were new words for that year. The booklet also included recent National Spelling Bee winning words as well as words that knocked out last year's competitors. And for inspiration, pictures from the…

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