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Daemon
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The Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a non-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held at a hotel in the Washington, DC, area. The competition came into existence in 1925, and the first winning word was "gladiolus." The bee is open to the winners of sponsored regional spelling bees held mostly throughout the US, and participants must be in eighth grade or below, or 15 years old or younger. Why is it called a spelling "bee"? More...
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Pray
pedro
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To Bee or not To Bee
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these competitors are very skilled
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try to be able to bee
ChristopherJohnson
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pedro wrote:
To Bee or not To Bee

Good pun!
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WHAT THE “BEE” IN “SPELLING BEE” MEANS

There are a variety of theories as to where this word derives from. It was long thought that it simply came from the similarity between insect bees working together towards a specific task and a gathering of people to accomplish some task. However, this etymology has no specific documented evidence to support it; rather, simply stems from making a logical leap.

The popular theory among etymologists today is that it is more likely that the actual origin of “bee”, in the sense of “gathering”, derives from the Old English bēn (prayer / favor). This, in turn, gave rise to the Middle English “bene”, which had more or less the same meaning as bēn except now adding “an extra service by a tenant to his lord”. Finally, this resulted in “bean” meaning “help given by neighbors”. The British dialectic version of this word is then “bee”.


http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/06/what-the-bee-in-spelling-bee-means/
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The competitors wouldn't have much luck with some of the pronunciations given by TFD's spelling bee speakers. Whistle
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