Last night I was a contestant in The Amazing Stumptown Spelling Bee presented and hosted by the talented Adam Garcia. The bee, held at the Someday Lounge, began with about thirty (fully grown) spellers. The rules were simple: If you spell it correctly you’re handed a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and you move onto the next round. Spell it wrong and you’re out.
I made it three rounds. The first word I got was “freight.” Nailed it. Second round: “perspiration.” No problem. Third round: “laryngitis.” Ouch. Spelling it “laringitis” sent me packing. Being the nerd I am I had to look it up later. Turns out it stems from the larynx and therefore has a “y” in it. Ok then, now I know.
The goal for next month’s bee: go more than three rounds. See ya there.