New Spelling Champ To Be Crowned

A new spelling champion will be proclaimed Thursday night in Washington, D.C., at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee. A record 293 spellers competed this year, ranging in age from 9 to 15.

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DAVID GREENE, host:

A new spelling champion will be proclaimed tonight here in Washington D.C. at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee. A record 293 spellers competed this year, ranging in age from nine to 15.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Now, the spellers are mostly from the United States, but they also come from China, Ghana, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Germany. English is not the first language for 33 of the contestants.

GREENE: And winning words over the decades - and this should be fun - have included gladiolus in 1925.

INSKEEP: Intelligible in 1935.

GREENE: Condominium in 1956.

INSKEEP: And in 1974 the winning word was hydrophyte.

GREENE: In 1982 we had psoriasis.

INSKEEP: And last year guerdon, which means to give reward or to give guerdon.

GREENE: Okay, so I guess that means tonight a new champion will be honorably guerdoned.

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