Watching Sriram Hathwar of New York and Ansun Sujoe from Texas duke it out in the National Spelling Bee championship last night made me think: I call myself a writer but I’m unworthy.
On their way to a confetti storm, the two spelled almost impossibly complex words, including “terreplein” (the level space behind the parapet of a rampart), “encaenia” (an annual university ceremony), “stichomythia” (dramatic dialogue, usually used for altercations) and “feuilleton” (a part of a European newspaper or magazine). With those two last words, Sriram and Ansun sealed a double win for themselves.
“The competition was against the dictionary, not against each other,” Sriram said after the two were declared champions — practiced, perhaps, but still a good quote. Read more