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Spelling Bee fever May 30, 2008

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Random musings.

Reading the paper this morning (yes, despite having a blog and working on the computer 24/7 I prefer to start my morning with a cup of fresh-brewed German coffee, turning the pages with newsprint-stained fingers), I was reminded it is time for the annual Scripps’ National Spelling Bee. As you all know, most translators have mad spelling skills and an interest in words. When my friend Corinne was in town to present at a NOTA event for local teachers and visit me two weeks ago, we went to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Broadway musical about the spelling bee that is currently touring the country. I hadn’t laughed that hard in a long time. Almost every line was LOL funny. If you get a chance to see it, you should take advantage of it! You might even consider applying to be one of the four audience members who gets to spell words on-stage with the others. The night we were there one woman with excellent spelling skills flummoxed the actor playing the vice principal when she spelled a particularly difficult word, designed to eliminate her, correctly.

For those of you who won’t be able to go see the musical, ESPN will be broadcasting the semifinals live today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and ABC will carry the finals live this evening from 8 to 10 p.m.



1. Paula Dieli - June 5, 2008

Spelling bees are to Americans what Dictée/Dictations are to the French. They can follow along with the live broadcast and do the dictations in the comfort of their homes, or at local competitions. The Alliance Francaise in San Francisco even has one every year, at all different levels. And they give out awards to the winners in each category. Whether it’s a bee or a dictée, it’s great to see folks glued to their televisions for something that makes us actually use our brains 😉

2. jillsommer - June 5, 2008

I was certainly spelling along with the kids. I don’t know if I could have done as well. I’m too dependent on spellchecker, Google, and electronic dictionaries. 🙂 The Bee actually ran over its alloted time span and was quite gripping at the end. It was really informative too, because the spellers were allowed to ask about the origin of the word and alternative spellings. They were really impressive!

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