NPR logo

Sensational Spelling Bee

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/221403903/221385880" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Sensational Spelling Bee

Sensational Spelling Bee

Sensational Spelling Bee

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/221403903/221385880" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Companies and brand names sometimes contain an intentionally misspelled word, and this is known as "sensational" spelling. For example, the word "Blue" in "Blu-ray" purposely leaves out the 'e.' Host Ophira Eisenberg leads a husband-and-wife pair of contestants through a round full of these types of words, in what we could call a 'misspelling-bee.'

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.