Today a major rule change was announced for an annual competition airing on ESPN next month.
If you've ever watched the National Spelling Bee and thought the competition relied too much on memorization and robotic responses then you'll welcome a late change to this year's event.
As if it weren't hard enough to spell "cymotrichous," now the National Spelling Bee will expect contestants to know that is means "having wavy hair."
It's no longer good enough to spell six-syllable words – kids who hope to advance to the semifinals and finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee also must know what the head-scratchers mean.
"This is a significant change in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but also a natural one," Paige Kimble, director of the bee, said in a press release. "It represents a deepening of the Bee's commitment to its purpose: to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives."
Although spelling bees are probably the most well known bee (etymology of the word bee), the consensus around the DLP office is that there's an even more interesting annual bee competition airing next month. The Nat Geo Geography Bee, hosted by Alex Trebek, is being held May 20 – 22, about a week before the National Spelling Bee airs on ESPN.
Last year DLP had a great time heading out to D.C. and putting together an opening for the Nat Geo Geography Bee.
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