Thursday, January 17, 2008

Winning Bee word for 2007: odontalgia

odontalgia (oh-don-tal-ja) noun
A toothache.
This word won in sudden death overtime. We were in a panic because the spellers in the Championship Round were so good, they'd almost used up our list of words. One of the Bee committee members went to the dictionary and selected some extra words, hand-writing the words, meanings and pronunciations on a sheet of lined notebook paper. Sure enough, we had to use that list before the end of the final round. I don't know who was more nervous, the spellers or the Bee workers!

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