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April 15th, 2004
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Spelling Bee
[update] The scores for the 8 people who participated: 18, 16, 14, 14, 12, 12, 7, 4

We had a spelling bee at work today to determine who to send on a team to the annual Boston Adult Literacy Foundation spelling bee. Our resident puzzle master came up with a list of words, one starting with each letter (knowing that helped me get the score I did, which was 12). For your enjoyment, here are the words, conveniently linked to their definitions:

aficionado
tachyon
jojoba
georgic
zwieback
numen
dummkopf
urticate
xenopus
kibosh
fossick
oxytone
wedeln
chocoholic
paparazzo
rya
indestructible
lefse
seppuku
echinus
bezique
housel
quokka
mesclun
velleity
youse

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From:spwebdesign
Date:April 15th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
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"Youse" is actually in the lexicon?
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From:queue
Date:April 15th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Did you not click on the link?
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From:spwebdesign
Date:April 15th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I did, which is why I commented. I expected "youse" would have a completely different meaning, but when I saw it was the equivalent of "you-all" or "you-uns," I was surprised that it had found its way into a dictionary.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:April 15th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I probably would have scored between 13 and 16 (aficionado, tachyon, jojoba, georgic, zwieback, numen, dummkopf, urticate, xenopus, kibosh, oxytone, chocoholic, paparazzo, indestructible, mesclun, and veleity -- I can't be sure I wouldn't have doubled the "f" in "aficionado" or the second "p" in "paparazzo," and my success with "zwieback" would depend on how it was pronounced.
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From:queue
Date:April 15th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
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The ones I got were tachyon, jojoba, georgic, numen, urticate, xenopus, kibosh, chocoholic, paparazzo, indestructible, seppuku, and bezique. Underlined ones are ones I hadn't heard before (although I'm not sure about bezique).
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