WORDS OF THE CHAMPIONS (2.0)

On the morning of August 20th, Scripps released Words of the Champions to unofficially inaugurate the 2019-2020 spelling bee season. It is a far cry from the organization of Spell It - or for that matter, Paideia. In fact, it is arguably even more challenging to spellers than the original Words of the Champions was from decades ago. Here is what I have gathered, having bought the Kindle version on Amazon: There are six lists of words.Three of the lists comprise the school list. Together, they number 450 words, just…

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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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