But with eight strong spellers going strong until round 17 this year, Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer
, announced that the Spelling Bee organization was in a position it had never been before -- they were running out of challenging words!
"We will soon run out of words that will possibly challenge you," Jacques Bailly, the Bee's longtime official pronouncer
, said at the end of the 17th round, calling the eight winners "the most phenomenal assemblage of spellers in the history of this storied competition."
"We have plenty of words left on our list but will soon run out of words that would challenge you," CNN quoted Bee's official pronouncer
There was really no time to ask the pronouncer
for a word's meaning or to use it in a sentence as that would take time and then the student would get to spell fewer words.
Moira is the show's pronouncer
while Sue hosts proceedings.
The character of Gabriel is a good example; as the pronouncer
of God's Will, he commands a certain level of authority amongst the supernatural.
Basketball enthusiast Venkatachalam spelled words like poblacion, caudillismo and nixtamal before official bee pronouncer
Jacques Bailly broke the news to him that Shivashankar had correctly spelled scherenschnitte, the German-derived word for artistic paper cutting.
Second-place winner Torah Smith, a home-schooled 9-year-old from Fitchburg, charmed the audience and judges with her humor onstage, even engaging in a playful banter with bee pronouncer
and local newspaper editor Charles St.
But this show does provide an instructive elaboration of his evolution from overmatched grad-school pictorialist to august pronouncer
of the colossally architectonic diktats for which he was to become famous.
"Pulmonary disease in stone cutters caused by inhalation of stone dust..." supplies Kavya Shivashankar, pronouncer
at the recently concluded semifinals of the Spelling Bee.
More than a decade and a half on, and a reasonably proficient pronouncer
, I now find myself in fits when my mother (a relative newcomer, of my own London heritage) attempts to say the word 'Llandaff'.