I used to think I was good at spelling, until I took a look at the winning words for the Scripps National Spelling Bee over the past few years. Holy shit. I didn’t even know that any of these were actual words. And it's one thing for adults to have trouble with these words, but the spelling bee is for kids between 8-15, and they don't even blink at these.
Going on since 1925, the National Spelling Bee has been a part of the country's fabric, and is even televised on ESPN. Currently, the 2018 competition is going on and I was playing along until a few rounds ago, when I couldn’t spell “Glycerin.” For the winner, they’ve got a cash payout of $43K, a pizza party for their school, entire sets of encyclopedias and an engraved trophy.
I need to go back to school, or hang my head in shame, or something.