Among other words she and her rivals - who are ages 6 to 15 - had to try to spell or define Tuesday were "dulcet", "subtlety" and "reverberant". Merriam Webster defines the word as "capable of being perceived, especially by the senses".
Three Badger State students are set to take their spelling abilities to the national stage. If they make it through both rounds without misspelling a word, spelling scores will be combined with their written scores from Tuesday to determine the top 50 spellers who will enter the finals on Thursday.
In D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the most searched for word spellings are "ninety", "special" and "delicious", respectively.
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Just in time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Google has released its list of America's most misspelled words by state - and Wisconsinites have some explaining to do. "She's been going over the spellings and the meanings of the different words and trying to cover the word roots too", Justin said. The principal waived the school uniform for a day and encouraged kids to dress like bees - yellow tops, black bottoms. After turning in their test sheets, they streamed out of the ballroom where the bee is held and began frantically Googling the answers.
West Virginia and CT were showoffs with the longest misspelled words, both with "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" as their biggest spelling speed bump, while seven states - Oregon, Idaho, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Rhode Island - had their primary struggles with words that aren't even five letters long.
Jairam believes the championship words will be hard enough this year that the test won't be needed.
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But, back to New Hampshire: Perhaps there's something in the water, because diarrhea was the spelling it most often looked up past year as well. The test will consist of 12 spelling words, which contestants will handwrite, and 12 multiple-choice vocabulary questions.
Six-year-old Edith, meanwhile, was treated like a celebrity as she walked the halls outside the ballroom. She's a 13-year-old 7 grader from Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Frisco, NC. The announcement of finalists is expected to occur at 6 p.m.at the latest. In 2009, a fellow speller from the Cleveland area who was one year younger than he asked for his help.
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He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programmes that will save our country billions of dollars. He added that it is "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".