Friday, June 04, 2004

On the pleasanter side:

"A 14-year-old Indiana boy mastered "autochthonous" to win the National Spelling Bee Thursday, outdueling 264 rivals, including one who fainted on stage but recovered to take second place.

David Tidmarsh covered his face with his hands, overwhelmed, after getting the winning word, which means indigenous. Moments earlier, he had hid behind his placard, then lowered it to show tears in his eyes, after nailing "gaminerie" defined as an impudent or wisecracking spirit to make the 15th and final round....

His path to victory went through words such as "arete," "sophrosyne," "sumpsimus," and "serpiginous."

There should be a really big word that means "having a large vocabulary" - but I can't think of one. So I'll have to make one up.

That kid is very multilogious.

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