I am a big fan of words. In Jr. High I was on the spelling team, I had no particular dream of getting to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but as far as competitions go this is one of my faves to watch. I was really rooting for this girl from CA. It was her 5th time at the competition and the last year that she was eligable to compete. Alas though she came in 3rd, which is not bad at all considering she beat out 285 other kids to get there, and that there were 11 million throughout the US total vying for the title.
The winner was Sameer, a 13 yr old boy. The winning word was an appropriate one:
Guerdon: something that one has earned or gained, a reward or recompense for ones actions.
Sameer was defintely rewarded for his hard work and study tonight, earning the respect of thousands around the world that care about words and how they are used.
This is also the first word of the 30 that I want to learn on my list. It's item number 12 on it by the way.