Wild & Weird Winning Words Through Spelling Bee History
National Spelling Bee Champ To Be Crowned Thursday Night
12:34 AM, May 31, 2012
Thursday night a new spelling bee champion will be crowned. That also means a new word will be picked from dictionary obscurity to spelling bee lore.Words of all sounds, sizes and syllable patterns have propelled kids to a title in the more than eight decades of the bee.Knack and interning were winning words in the 1930s. But the complexity of championship words has grown over the years.Here are some of the weird and wild winning words since the bee's inception in 1925:
1928 - albumen (noun): the white of the egg of certain animals, especially birds and reptiles, consisting mostly of the protein albumin.
1960 - eudaemonic (adj.): producing happiness and well-being
1967 - Chihuahua (noun): A small dog of a smooth-haired, large-eyed breed originating in Mexico.
1979 - maculature (noun): an impression made from an intaglio engraved plate to remove ink from the recessed areas
1986 - odontalgia (noun): toothache
1990 - fibranne (noun): a fabric made of spun-rayon yarn
1994 - antediluvian (adj.): extremely old-fashioned or outdated
1996 - vivisepulture (noun): the act or practice of burying alive
2005 - appoggiatura (noun): A grace note performed before a note of the melody and falling on the beat
2008 - guerdon (noun): a reward; (verb): give a reward to