Topic: wordplay

The Words That Helped Sukanya Roy Win the Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Words That Helped Sukanya Roy Win the Scripps National Spelling Bee

As funny as it is to watch videos of spelling bee contestants almost faint under the pressure of articulating impossibly tricky words, the video of Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Sukanya Roy spelling the final word is so sweet. She does what many kids do — writing frantically on her hand to visualize the letters — but you see the moment where she realizes, halfway through the word, that she’s through the worst part. As she announces the last few letters, her face lights up and she even lets out a relieved laugh on the final “s.” Oh, and the word is cymotrichous, a Greek-to-French word which describes having wavy hair. More »

Internet Lingo Like “NSFW”, “ZOMG”, and “Unfollow” Added to the Dictionary

Internet Lingo Like "NSFW", "ZOMG", and "Unfollow" Added to the Dictionary

As a casual geek, I have an ambivalent response to the announcement that the Oxford Dictionaries Online has decided to incorporate several serious and irreverent words from Internet-speak into its latest addition. On the one hand, it’s validating to see the exclamations traded over message boards become part of mainstream conversation. But part of that geek appeal is these words acting almost as passwords to get through the various layers of Internet communities. If everyone knows them, where’s the fun? More »