Friday, June 01, 2012

Indian kid wins US National Spelling Bee 2012...

Snigdha Nandipati has won the 88th Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word guetapens.

A French-derived word meaning ambush, snare or trap, guetapens were much in evidence on Thursday night at the national spelling bee championships. Words that felled Nandipati's worthy competitors included ridotto, an Italian musical term, and schwarmerei, meaning excessive and unbridled attachment.

The 14-year-old from San Diego beat out eight other finalists in the competition, which had captured the imagination and awe of viewers watching – and tweeting – live across the country.

"I knew it; I'd seen it before," Nandipati said of her winning word. "It's a miracle." Full story...

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