Sesquipedalian, ratatouille and oligarchy are words that were misspelled at the end of a Scripps National Spelling Bee,
making the difference between first and second place.
Oh, those funny sentences. The bar is getting high.
"Your sentences just got weirder," Isabel Cholbi (Speller 18) told Dr. Bailly when she heard hers, for tinnient:
The tinnient sound of the store's door chime marked the arrival of Sandra, the strange lady who touched everything and never bought anything.
Jacob Williamson (Speller 38) wanted a funny sentence for "impasto."
"Not off the cuff," Dr. Bailly said.
"All right, I got this one," Jacob said, not wanting a sentence that wouldn't make him laugh.
And when the funny sentence came?
"Histoplasmosis is easier to spell than it is to explain to the school nurse," Dr. Bailly read.
"That's true," said Riju Datta (Speller 44).