Cool Word of the Day! Spelling Bee Edition!

May 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm (Cool Words, Video) (, , , , , , , , , , )

This section here is lifted copy/paste from DListed/Michael K. (Thank you. Please don’t be mad. You are the smarmy, younger, alter ego brother I never…oh wait, I do have one of those already…but he’s straight! Rock On!)

13-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas beat out 11 finalists for the title of the greatest speller who ever spelled (under the age 14) at the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night. Kavya won $40,000 in cash and prizes as well as a giant trophy/fruit bowl/dust collector. This was Kavya’s fourth time at the bee and it will also be her last, because of her age.

The word that won it for Kavya was laodicean.

End of DListed/Michael K Post Part. (Thank you again–I owe you a froo-froo drink!)

Now this is mine. In order to find the above word, I had to put away my Riverside Webster’s II Dictionary that I normally use for this and break out the big guns:

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

I never heard of the word, nobody I know ever heard of the word and I couldn’t spell it to save my life or my children’s lives. I did let my future french fry makers stay up late to watch the big finish though! As a bonus for the Spelling Bee people, I bet they taught half of America a new word last night! Yay TV! Stay in school!

Smart kids are awesome!

Laodicean (adjective)

Definition: Lukewarm or indifferent, especially in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea;  such a lukewarm or indifferent person.

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