Memories of blunders and respect for those with good spelling pop up in our heads every time there’s a Spelling Bee Contest.
So it’s no wonder that #TweetYourLosingSpellingBeeWord started trending on Twitter right about the time of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Professional writers/editors, tweet me your losing spelling bee words.— Cooper Fleishman (@_Cooper) May 27, 2014
Before long, there was a flood of tweets from people sharing their Spelling Bee horrors – including prominent writers and editors.
Here are some of them:
Tim Donelly: New York PostFeatures Reporter And Editor
@_Cooper earring (4th grade). Won in 3rd grade and it was the last time someone gave me a trophy.— Tim Donnelly (@timdonnelly) May 27, 2014
Taylor Lorenz: Head of Social Media at the Daily Mail:
@_Cooper definitively (still had to spellcheck it)— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 27, 2014
Jessica Misener: Senior Editor at BuzzFeed
@_Cooper bae— Jessica Misener (@jessmisener) May 27, 2014
Stefan Becket: Associate Editor, New York Magazine and Writer for NYMag, Intelligencer, and The Science Of Us
@_Cooper Criticize— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) May 27, 2014
Jeffrey Zuckerman: Digital Editor Music Lit Mag
@_Cooper incidentally, abecedarian.— Jeffrey Zuckerman (@from_my_ansible) May 27, 2014
Hillary Reinsberg: Editor and Writer at BuzzFeed
@_Cooper fluoride— Hillary Reinsberg (@hreins) May 27, 2014
Kevin Lincoln: Writer for New York Times Magazine, GQ, Grantland and Pacific Standard
@_Cooper "territoriality" in the CT state spelling bee, 6th grade; "lumen" in the Trumbull town spelling bee, 8th grade— kevin lincoln (@KTLincoln) May 27, 2014
Kat Kinsman: Managing Editor CNN's Food Blog at Eatocracy, Writer CNN Living
According to Oxford Dictionaries accommodate, accommodation, assassination, calendar, committee, dilemma, fluorescent, idiosyncrasy, receive, until, occurrence, publicly and unforeseen are among the most misspelled words.