2020 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE CANCELLED

On March 20, Scripps made an announcement that would have been unthinkable just a few months previous: the National Spelling Bee was suspended. Though Scripps did not officially cancel the bee outright, the writing was on the wall. Many journalists and bloggers - intentionally or not - used the word "cancelled" to describe the situation in their posts, prematurely lending it an air of finality. Scripps did say in a subheadline "If possible, the Bee will explore options to reschedule for later this year." So hope remained, along with an…

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PARAVANE…OR PERIVANE?

It's not often you see judges at Scripps entertain a speller's protest, and even rarer to see a speller reinstated. I've personally - live - only seen it happen twice. In 1988, a speller from Detroit named Robin Covey received the word kyphosis. Mishearing it as "typhosis" (not an actual word), he misspelled it as he had heard it. However, Robin successfully protested. The judges agreed that he had misheard it, and they had failed to correct him. Alas, he immediately missed his next word: enchytrae. (Still, that earned him…

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