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.
At the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, 283 spellers took the Preliminaries Test. That test contained 12 Round One spelling words, 12 Round One vocabulary questions, a Round Two vocabulary question and a Round Three vocabulary question for a total potential score of 30 points. Additionally, spellers who spelled correctly onstage during Rounds Two and Three of the Bee had an opportunity to earn an additional three points for each correct spelling. Here’s the catch: If a speller misspelled in either Round Two or Round Three, the speller was eliminated from the competition. A total of 49 spellers qualified for the Semifinals by earning at least 29 points in the Preliminaries. Click below to try your hand at the actual 2015 Preliminaries Test and see if you could have qualified for the Semifinals.