Can You Spell Or Even Pronounce 'Cymotrichous'?


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If you have never heard of 'Cymotrichous', you are not the only one. The word, which means having wavy hair, is not even listed in most dictionaries. However, it seemed to roll off Pennsylvania eight-grader Sukanya Roy's tongue like she uses it every single day, helping her win the coveted National Spelling Bee Championship title, a large trophy and $40,000 USD in scholarship funds.

However, it was by no means an easy win - After passing through a grueling seven rounds, Sukanya had to contend with a super smart group of the final five contestants that went through 21 consecutive spelling rounds, before one succumbed - Then, after what seemed like an eternity Sukanya's final opponent, 12-year old Laura Newcombe, who was aspiring to be the first Canadian to win the Bee, finally stumbled on the spelling of 'Sorities' (heaped up).

Sukanya's victory marks the fourth consecutive year of Indian American Spelling Bee domination. In 2010, the title was snagged by Anamika Veernami whose winning word was Stromuhr (instrument to measure velocity of blood flow) while Kavia Shivshanker conquered it in 2009 with Laodicean (person with an atitude) and for 2008 champion Sameer Mishra, it was Guerdon (give a reward). Though these youngsters make it look easy, they have been working hard for many years and all four of them have been defeated at previous National Spelling Bee contests. So remember, if you don't succeed the first time, try and try again.

Now in its 84th year, the National Spelling Bee is organized by E.W. Scripps, a media company that owns national newspapers and television stations. This year, the contest had a record 274 contestants that ranged from 8-15 years of age and came from countries as far as Japan and Ghana. To read more about this fun competition and see how you can participate, go to


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  • Fun fact:over 5 years
    correction: it's not words, it's letters. it will take 3 and a half hours to pronounce it.
    • mis know it allalmost 6 years
      well well well, c-y-m-o-t-r-i-c-h-o-u-s! i am awesome!
      • joejerrygalmost 6 years
        nice job
        • Bluehatalmost 6 years
          Good job to everyone that participated!!!
          • chiara lapineabout 6 years
            good job!
            • Minnie Mouseabout 6 years
              she is smart.
              • zeppers2
                zeppers2about 6 years
                can you spell supercalafragalisticexspyaladoshous.
                • joez687
                  joez687about 6 years
                  🍁 She Is So Good At Spelling 🍁
                  • Herp derpabout 6 years
                    It means the urge to pull out ur hair (don't thank me)🤗😏😏
                    • Herp derpabout 6 years
                      What about trichotillamania?