Saturday, June 03, 2017


AS I'VE SAID BEFORE, YOU SHOULD KNOW THESE THINGS: The Best Words From the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The championship turned on the word ‘marocain' (Frankie Caracciolo, Inverse).
Besides the winning word, of French-Moroccan origin and first used in the 1920s, here are some of the best words from the final rounds of this year’s Spelling Bee and their definitions according to Merriam-Webster. ...

Naassene: (pronounced \nāˈaˌsēn) a member of one of the Ophite group of Gnostic sects noted for its worship of the serpent as the principle of generation.
Congratulations to Ananya Vinay, the winner of the competition. And also to her runner-up, Rohan Rajeev. They both spelled Naassene correctly.

A few past spelling-bee posts are here, here, and here.