Last Friday, the Scripps National Spelling Bee aired on ABC, and there was plenty of food vocab to go around. While mozzarella and zucchini seemed easy enough (they were food words from round two), what about foliocellosis and pfeffernuss? You may call yourself a foodie, but you'd be surprised by the difficulty of some of the culinary terms in the English language. Just for kicks, I thought I'd test your food word repertoire with terms from this year's and last year's Scripps Spelling Bee — plus a little food slang thrown in for good measure. My philosophy is, if you can say it, then you're ready to play it!Take the Quiz
"Enuf is enuf. Enough is too much."
— Protesters are picketing outside the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week with signs carrying this slogan. The small group, which includes an 81-year-old former school principal, wants to make spelling simpler. If they had their way, "fruit" would be spelled "froot" and "slow" would be spelled "slow." I'm not sure this would make things easier.
The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee was held this past week in Washington, DC. Th whizkid below, Sameer Mishra, took home the championship trophy last Friday, but not without encountering a few interesting words along the way. He wasn't familiar with the word provided in the following clip, but he was familiar with a similar-sounding one . . .
This spelling bee contestant can't get a grip on his giggles upon hearing the word that he's gotta spell. We always hear about those word-o-maniacs who take the competition way too seriously, but it's refreshing to see a wickedly intelligent little dude who can keep it real. Not only does he laugh his way to success, he tries to sneak in a cheater question while he's at it. Oh, the audacity! I heart him.
Look, so it might be suspicious to the pugnacious that Fergie's spelling words all end in "-ous." But don't be hatin' her because she's glamorous, mmm-kay? What I want to see is a match between her and Gwen Stefani. That would be B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Can he at least pretend to be socialized for a few minutes during this interview? Not a chance. Meet Evan O' Dorney: this year's National Spelling Bee champion. Evan's earned a title that, for better or for worse, he'll never be able to live down. So CNN caught up with him to ask a few questions and he's everything we could've wanted in a winner and more. And no, I'm not being S-A-R-C-A-S-T-I-C. (Thanks for the fun, Best Week Ever!)
This must be the first contestant in the history of spelling bees who doesn't take himself or the game too seriously. That's because he's a regular 'ole comedian, this kid. That is, if an awkwardly inserted and delivered pop culture reference during a spelling tournament counts as comedy. With this crowd, it didn't. Poor kid.
The two judging this spelling bee were obviously a couple at some point in time and have now reunited to not-so-subtly spell out the frustrations that ended the affair. Since when are the words "bitch and moan" and "jackass" fit to be spelled? ...Since the day he stung her and she buzzed off. That's when.