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Morning Mail: Youngest speller eliminated by unfair, obviously made-up word

May 31, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Lori Anne Madison AP

No, it wasn’t “Swapportunity.” But Lori Anne Madison drew an even tougher word in the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday in Washington D.C. Come on, Scripps … “ingluvies”? She’s only six!

Or, as Kyle would say: “They killed Kenny! You bastards!”

Lori Anne, as we reported earlier this week, is a precocious young girl who started reading at the age of 2 and was in her first spelling bee at the age of 3. Wednesday at the National Bee, she successfully spelled the first word she was given — dirigible. But in the next round, she began ingluvies with an “e” instead of an “i.” That was enough to knock her out of the competition.

It’s clear that the Lake Ridge, Va., girl, whom we told you about on Wednesday, will be a force to be reckoned with at Scripps for years to come. But herein we see the flaw in the spelling bee format. As it is now, it’s all the luck of the draw — one person gets “ingluvies”, the next gets “apple.” To be fair, the contestants should each have to spell the same word in every round — out of earshot of each other, of course.

You’re welcome. I’m just here to help.

UPDATE:

‏@darrenrovell
Stunner: 5-time Spelling Bee repeater Rahul Malayappan is knocked out of the Spelling Bee.

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  1. chumthumper - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    If I recall correctly, several years ago at the National Bee one contestant didn’t know a word and asked the judges if he could buy a vowel.