You want me to spell what?

spelling error  As exciting television goes, spelling bees aren’t more than a notch or two above watching Congressional debates on CSPAN. They may lack the grimaces of mixed-martial-arts contestants, but in recent years the pre-teen contestants of the Scripps National Spelling Bee have supplied some high-level drama — and hilarious bloopers.

This year, the 13-year-old champion Sameer Mishra shows just how important it is to ask the word’s language of origin. “Can you use that in sentence please?” Play the video


This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.

Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.