July 19, 2005

Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer

Here's an ironic news report about the winner of this year's National Spelling Bee, held last week in Washington:

After two days of harrowing competition against some of the smartest and best spellers in the country, Anurag Kashyap of Poway, CA takes the top prize at the 78th Annual National Scripps Spelling Bee.

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Fair enough. But here's the third paragraph:

After spelling "appoggiatura," a melodic tone, the straight-A student raced over to his father and broke down in tears. He claims about $30,000 in prizes and a handsome trophy, not mention [sic] the admiration of kids and adults everywhere who had know [sic] idea how to spell most of the words the finalists correctly spelled with ease.

And the moral of the story is: Spelling bees aren't just for kids anymore.