Friday, May 29, 2009

Little-Known Words

Okay, Whopping Game #3 coming up. You've played Headliners, you've played Bests and Worsts, now it's time for the Little-Known Facts edition of Spelling Bee Game Day.

This game's simple enough.

Come up with a little-known fact about a Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

Here's ours: After winning the 1968 Spelling Bee with the word "gyascutus" meaning "a fictional quadruped, whose legs are longer on one side than the other to facilitate living on a hillside," Nathaniel Hufflebum spent the rest of his life searching the hills of Scandinavia for the beast. He didn't understand what "fictional" meant.

Got a little-known fact about the Bee? Post it in the comments.


  1. The winning word in the 1983 National Spelling be was

    zebroid - meaning like or resembling a zebra

    Amazingly enough, the winner was a boy from South Africa named Zeb Roid who bore an uncanny resemblance to a zebra.

  2. the largest bee known to man:

    Chalicodoma pluto, 1.6 inches (40 millimeters) long

  3. After winning the Spelling Bee, Shimi Sshhshsmmisimi decided to make his name even harder to spell, so he added a squiggle over the fourth s.

  4. In 1978, Maximilian Phillips misspelled chivalry, spelling it "shivalry." However, he was allowed to continue after he successfully convinced the judges that any word that starts with the "sh" sound must begin with an "s". He played on for four more rounds, until he was knocked out by Aste Roid, the older sister of future champion Zeb.

  5. This year's spelling bee was actually called the spelling "Bea" in honor of recently deceased actress , Bea Arthur. The ceremonial first word spelled was 'Zbornak', the last name of Arthur's character on 'Golden Girls'

  6. A recent study found that 92% of the spelling be contestants that were home schooled could not walk and chew gum contemporaneously.