I’d probably have had an easier time figuring out how to spell the winning word in this year’s National Spelling Bee than I would in spelling the winner’s name.
Laodicean, meaning lukewarm to politics, was the deciding word for Kavya (phonetic and easy) Shivashankar (actually, pretty phonetic as well), the 13-year-old winner. Actually, I take it all back–Ms. Shavishankar’s name is the easier one since the c in Laodicean could be confused with sh or ch.
I was happy to note the use of some attempted humor in constructing sentences using the challenge words, as in:
"While Lena’s geusioleptic cooking wowed her boyfriend, what really melted his heart was that she won the"
I doubt anyone will be using geusioleptic (tasty) anytime soon when yum and yummy work just as well.