"That's Samoan for hello," Avril Regis, speller 46, told Dr. Bailly after greeting him.
Avril lives in Pago Pago, American Samoa. She spelled reiterate correctly, to say or do over again or repeatedly.
Seunga Hong, speller 47, lives in Seoul, South Korea. She misspelled jeepney, a Philippine jitney bus converted from a small multipurpose motor vehicle equipped with four-wheel drive.
And Jake Blackburn, speller 48, misspelled emulsify, to convert into a mixture of two incompletely miscible liquids.
"Understandable," he said. "Have a good day."