These Are The 12 Coolest Words That Guaranteed Immortality For Spelling Bee Contestants

Sean Conley spelling beeSean Conley wins the 2001 spelling bee

The National Spelling Bee is upon us, an annual event that dates back to the Coolidge administration that has served as a defining moment of immortality for 91 victorious children.

While the point of the Bee is to spell the words, not define them, half of the fun for the viewer is to get a taste of some of the more arcane elements of language. 

We went back through the history of Spelling Bee winners to find the coolest words that won a kid a trophy. 

Ordered sequentially by year:

2009: Laodician (adj.) – lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics

Spelled by Kavya Shivashankar.

David Tidmarsh george w bushDavid Tidmarsh meets George W. Bush


autocthonous (adj.) – formed or originating in the place where found, nativeSpelled by David Tidmarsh

2002: prospicience (noun) – the act of looking forward, foresight

Spelled by Pratyush Buddiga

1999: logorrhea (adj.) – excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness

Spelled by Nupur Lala

1997: euonym (noun) – a name well suited to the person, place, or thing named

Spelled by Rebecca Sealfon

1996:  vivisepulture (noun) – the act or practice of burying alive

Spelled by Wendy Guey

1989: spoliator (noun) – One who plunders, pillages, despoils, or robs 

Spelled by Scott Isaacs 

1980: elucubrate (verb)- to solve, write or compose by working studiously at night.

Spelled by Jacques Bailly 

1962:  esquamulose (adj.) – Not covered in scales, or of scale like objects, a smooth skin

Spelled by Nettie Crawford and Michael Day

1961: smaragdine (adj.) Of or relating to emeralds, having the colour of emeralds. 

Spelled by John Capehart  

1959: eudaemonic (adj.) – producing happiness, based on the idea of happiness as the proper end of conduct 

Spelled by Henry Feldman

1951: insouciant (adj.) –  lighthearted unconcern, nonchalance 

Spelled by Irving Belz

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