The Scripps Kind Of National Spelling Bee

| May 31, 2008 | 2 Replies

Michelle Malkin is perhaps the only avid watcher of the Scripps National Spelling Bee I know. Not that it’s not a worthy endeavor. Smart kids being smart is something we should all encourage but it’s just not my kind of television. I guess perhaps I should watch more, except that I’m the kind of student who remembered the “I before E” rule with the Snoopy Method (and it helped that my Dad could play the Jew’s Harp, too).

What I want to know is how this story happened:

Canada’s seven contenders were knocked out in round five, along with 14 others.
After the seventh round wrapped up at 2:30 p.m., Tia [Thomas, a finalist from last year] said she was “surprised” that no Canadian would be on stage with her this year. Last year, Tia tied for eight place with Calgary’s Cody Wang and Saskatoon’s Anqi Dong.

How are there Canadians competing in a “national” spelling bee held in the United States? I’m all for including folks, and even for widening the competition as much as possible. I’m just not sure how you can give it the name it has and include kids from two-different nations. Also, given that there are Canadians, do they allow for the “extraneous u” that folks who write British English ass add to words like “colour” and “favour”?

The winning word this year was “guerdon”. Kind of appropriate, don’t you think?

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