Seven words remain

These words are getting more than difficult.

"Augenphilologie," Dr. Bailly said.

"Can you please repeat the word?" asked Ansun Sujoe (Speller 237)

He had trouble getting the word out, but spelled it correctly.

It's linguistics that misrepresents the realities of speech because of overemphasis on writing.

Sriram Hathwar (Speller 154) got "sdrucciola" -- being or exhibiting triple rhyme in which the last accent falls on the antepenultimate syllable.

"Gesundheit," he said upon hearing the word. He, too, spelled it correctly.

Sriram misspells

In his fifth appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Sriram Hathwar (Speller 154) said he was happy to make it back to the finals.

This time, he studied more for the Bee, he said.

"I really just tried to prepare as much as I could," he said.

He's also made more friends.

"Everything is just fun," he said. "Each one has been more fun than the last."

Sriram is an eighth grader from Painted Post, New York.

He misspelled "corpsbruder," a close comrade. If Ansun Sujoe (Speller 237) spells two words correctly in a row, he is the champion.

Tyler Perry might not be pleased

Ansun Sujoe (Speller 237) from Fort Worth, Texas spelled "Aeschylean" correctly -- it means of, relating to, or suggestive of Aeschylus, an ancient Greek dramatist.

The sentence: The Aeschylean trilogy "Oresteia" is the only known trilogy of ancient plays to survive, unless you count "Madea," "A Madea Christmas," and "Madea's Family Reunion."

Ashwin is out

"I'm feeling good I made it to the championship finals," said Ashwin Veermani (Speller 188), whose sister - Anamika Veermani - won the Bee in 2010. "I'm having a good time."

Ashwin said his parents aren't putting any pressure on him, but that he wanted to do better this year than last, when he didn't make the finals.

"I feel great I was able to make it," he said. "I studied a lot harder. ...I feel more confident, better."

It won't tell its weight

Alia Abiad (Speller 58), a Western Springs, Illinois eighth grader, practices her spelling while walking at the treadmill desk her dad built for her and listening to podcasts, like Radio Lab, This American Life and The Moth.

Alia tied for 19th last year. Since she's started studying on her own, her parents are less tired, she said.

"It's been really great and really interesting," Alia said. "It's been a roller coaster."

Alia misspelled "irbis," a snow leopard. But she made the crowd laugh before she did, and was eliminated.