Thirteen-year-old Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas claimed this year’s award for the biggest destroyed childhood — also known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Her winning word: Laodicean (FYI – spell check doesn’t even freaking recognize this word.) Laodicean, as we all know, means “the dicean.” Recently, the difficulty of the words has skyrocketed due to crazy parents forcing their kids to memorize words non-stop the rise in the ability of the contestants. Check out Wikipedia for some of the winning words from bees past. Definitely no freaking “laodiceans” in there. By the way, my favorite time period is 1934 through 1940 as the winning words paint a sorrowful and chronological diary of the everyman’s experiences in the Great Depression:
- 1934: “Deteriorating” – The economy is starting to go south. I am worried.
- 1935: “Intelligible” – Everyone claims they can fix it. I don’t know.
- 1936: “Interning” – If only I could get my foot in the door at a company. I’d consider working for free to start.
- 1937: “Promiscuous” – I don’t want to be this way. But, I need to ease the pain of poverty.
- 1938: “Sanitorium” – I have hit rock bottom. Liquor, sex and joblessness cause me to become violently ill.
- 1939: “Canonical” – Found God. Sickness cured. Amen, brotha.
- 1940: “Therapy” – Taking life one day at time now and feeling good. Germans a bit unsettling though. Will monitor.