Sunday, June 26, 2005

National Spelling Bee Bad Ass

The word was PARASELENE, a bright spot in the moon's halo.

The girl (8th grader) whose name I didn't catch, broke the word down into it components: Language of Origin? Does selene come from the latin root, meaning moon?

P-A-R-A-S-E-L-E-N-E. She rattles it off and I gave an involuntary little cheer.

It was exciting to follow her deconstruct the word by its parts. Her analysis was so transparent and RIGHT it left me, a fairly crappy speller, thinking:"Well, duh! What other possible spelling could there be?"

And she's in 8th stinking grade. The girl is a genius. She didn't win though.

Massive props to ESPN for having the imagination to televise the National Spelling Bee. Hell of a lot more dramatic that this year's ball season.


Blogger Crackpot Press said...

You watched ESPN???

I'm so proud of you!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Dude, it was a spelling bee. I watched a freaking spelling bee.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

Don't cheapen this moment in our friendship. You watched ESPN.

Just so you know, if ya'll aren't outside enjoying yet another overcast SF "look that blue firework that went off in the cloud" 4th of July, check out the AVP on NBC, Sunday afternoon. Pro Beach Volleyball.

"Best. Sport. Ever."

-Mark Twain

and he knew his pro beach vollyball.

8:45 PM  

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