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    Papilionaceous--adj. having a corolla (as in the bean or pea) with usually five petals that include a large upper petal enclosing two lateral wings and a lower carina of two united petals

    This is what one of our AZ reps had to spell in round 3 of the Scripps Spelling Bee today. He got it! I shudder to think what the poor kid will have to spell in later rounds.

    Ever since I watched the documentary Spellbound, I've been fascinated with the spelling bee and the students who make it to D.C.

    Do you pay attention to the spelling bee? Are you a proud word nerd?
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    We had to spell this at live trivia a week ago Monday:

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph wiggum View Post
    We had to spell this at live trivia a week ago Monday:

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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    Did you get it right?
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    There's even an 8-year-old in the competition! And he's still in it through 3 rounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jendf View Post
    Do you pay attention to the spelling bee? Are you a proud word nerd?
    What do you think? ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    What do you think? ;)
    I have a question: have you ever competed in a spelling bee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bailey View Post
    I have a question: have you ever competed in a spelling bee?
    Only in school, back in the day. I never went to "the show". :D
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    In fact, I still remember the word that sent me down in flames, in the school final (I was in fourth or fifth grade). The word was mucilage, and I had never heard that word for glue.

    I tried to relate it to a word I knew, decided it was similar to fuselage, and spelled it accordingly. I still hear that buzzer in my dreams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    In fact, I still remember the word that sent me down in flames, in the school final (I was in fourth or fifth grade). The word was mucilage, and I had never heard that word for glue.

    I tried to relate it to a word I knew, decided it was similar to fuselage, and spelled it accordingly. I still hear that buzzer in my dreams.
    Now its clear why you go after other peoples spelling lol :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bailey View Post
    Now its clear why you go after other peoples spelling lol :D
    With a post like that, be glad I don't go after punctuation. ;)
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