"Whenever Lydia finds herself in a barathrum, she opens her laptop and watches Youtube videos of bulldogs sitting on couches like people," Dr. Bailly said.
Trisha Balakrishnan, speller 263, spelled "barathrum" correctly. It means a bottomless pit or abyss : a place or state of misery, torment or wickedness.
Tejas Muthusamy, speller 264, spelled "Castalia" correctly. He tied for 8th place last year.