Thursday, May 1, 2008

Adults Have A Way With Words

LONG BEACH (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Adults in Long Beach, California, are hitting the dictionary for a wordy C-O-M-P-E-T-I- T-I-O-N.

The National Adult Spelling Bee, happening this Sunday (May 4) at Bay Shore Church in Long Beach, California, has grown-ups hitting the dictionary to be named top speller in the country.

The contest is set up like a traditional bee, and organizer Justin Rudd says any word in Webster’s Dictionary is fair game.

He explains, “We start at ninth grade level words and continue up from there. They can get tough.”

Words that have stumped past spellers include camouflage, whippoorwill, meringue, and inchoate.

Rudd speculates that some of the adult spellers could be out- spelled by the nation’s top kid spellers, which would pretty embarrassing.

He says, “The adults find it harder when they misspell a word. They think, ‘I’m 50 years old. I’ve seen this word tons of times.’ It can be tough on the ego.”

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