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  • We just finished watching the Finals for the National Spelling Bee.

    So there were nine left. Then eight... Then seven...

    Nicholas, age 14, went up, and with a very intense and serious face, asked the usual questions....
    "What is the word again?"
    "What is the pronunciation again?"
    "Are there any alternate pronunciations?"
    "What is the language of origin?"
    "Would you use it in a sentence, please?"
    "What is the word again?"
    "Could you tell me the alternate pronunciations again, please?"
    "And what is the language of origin again, please?"
    "Would you please use it in a sentence again?"

    After all of that had been offered to him, without skipping a beat, and TOTALLY straight-faced, he asked the judge, "Would you spell it, please?"

    The judge was a bit taken aback but not much. With a smile to Nicholas, he said, "No."

    Then, again in a most sincere and serious voice and, again without missing a beat, Nicholas said "Could you tell me the spelling, please?"

    Of course, he knew he was done for at this point.

    I think there may be some 'cultural' secrets and in-jokes behind this spelling event that the kids, their families and coaches, and the judges know but I am not privy to.... Sweet!

    [Screenshot of Nicholas wearing his lucky shirt.]
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