Thursday, January 3, 2008

Spelling Bee!


Sadly, I've gotten meself into another situation over my head.

My third spelling bee in a row, but this year it's much, much harder and a lot of the words you can't even find in a dictionary.
Five whole pages of difficult words.
Look at these ones-

archimandrite (That's not so hard to learn, but what does it mean??)

And that's not all!

Any definition/study tips would be greatly appreciated.

Hep me, hep me!



Sara said...

Mercy Phoebe, is this a Spelling Bee for a University English course ? That list will weed out the non-spellers in a hurry. To start, archimandrite (ar-chi-man'-drite) n. is from the Eastern Orthodox Church 1) A cleric ranking below a bishop 2) head of a monastery. This is from the really big and heavy American Heritage Dictionary. If you are stuck on any others, let me know.
Wishing you good luck.

NatureWoman said...

Ewwwww. I like using onelook dot com to look up words like these. One of the dictionaries that comes up will usually have the meanings and how to pronounce the word. I usually learn how to spell words like this by repeatedly writing them or saying them outloud, whatever works best for you! Let us know how you do it, and how you do in the bee, okay!

Mary said...

Phoebe, that's a formidable list! Gosh. I use Merriam Webter on-line at work and at home. Half of these words can be found on-line but some of them would be found in an unabridged dictionary.

Give this a try:

I love spelling bees as long as I'm in the audience!

Good luck!

Mary said...

I misspelled "Webster". Did I misspell "misspell"?

KatDoc said...

Oooh, spelling. NOT my strong suit.

I just discovered, via NPR, natch, a totally awesome web site: It gives you a vocabulary word and four definitions. For every answer you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to a charity that feeds the world. Try it - it is really neat.

Best of luck,

~Kathi, who has issues with endings like "-ent" versus "-ant" and the whole "-ible/-able" conflict

emily of PA said...

WOW those are some big words!
We have spelling bees at my school too but they aren't like that at all. Our last year's winning word was 'sugar'. (pretty sad, huh)
Good luck on your's, even though i know you will do great:)

Phoebe said...

Thank you guys!

Kathi- I LOVE FreeRice. I go on it every day.

Emily- Last year the winning word for us was burrito.
They were going Spanish on us, and the last three words were burrow, chimi changa, and burrito.

Liza Lee Miller said...

Yikes! You just reminded me that my daughter is supposed to be studying her spelling bee words! Eeeeeek!

beth said...

Hey Phoebe, those are some crazy words! I remember getting second place in my 5th grade spelling bee by misspelling "missionary" of all things (I excluded one "s"). I knew the correct spelling but rushed through it because it was an easy one. I, too, find that saying the word, sometimes many times helps me retain its spelling.

About the spanish words, you did mean "burro," right? ;-)

Good luck!

Grace, Every Day said...

Run away, Phoebe. That's my advice. Those words are just way too much.

Except 'bliztkrieg'. I like that one. And maybe 'pussillanimous' - it has a nice ring to it.

I say learn the ones you like and leave the rest alone...

...which is terrible advice...

Anonymous said...

I've fallen off the blogging horse.....I had to go back to school (I'm in 8th grade.) I didn't know there was anyone else into blogging that wasn't at least 30. Well, glad I have a partner. :)

I'm pretty good at spelling (so I've been told) and I have a good vocabulary (once again, so I've been told) but DANG! hard words. ;)

Anonymous said...

WOW! It's amazing what a great start you are having. I've been writing for a year and still only get one or two or three or four or five comments. And now that I've admitted to being 13, well, I pretty much killed my blog. I don't think anyone will take me seriously about birding now. Harumph. Well, I'll keep writin' anyway. And you too, so I can keep reading. ;)

Dallas D said...

these seem like heavy duty Scripps National Spelling Bee type words. There are study aids on their website.
Plus....if you haven't already seen them, I ecommend "Spellbound" and "Akeelah and the Bee" on DVD.
Foreign words and religious words are tough to study but they seem to turn up in the bees.

Good Luck to you.

No_Clue said...

Hey Phoebe ~
Good luck with your spelling bee. I used to break them down into their components.

I've looked up some of them for you on and

If you're missing an "h" in idiorrythmic it's the following:
idiorrhythmic: the original form of monastic life in Christianity

kamelaukion: closed bonnetlike headdress, apparently of Byzantine origin, rising from a circlet and usually equipped with hanging ornaments

trinitrotoluene (TNT):a pale yellow, solid organic nitrogen compound used chiefly as an explosive, prepared by stepwise nitration of toluene

gotterdammerung: Etymology: German, literally, twilight of the gods, from Götter (plural of Gott god) + Dämmerung twilight
: a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder

I found a couple for Pyrrhic:
1. of or relating to a war dance of ancient Greece; "pyrrhic dance movements"
2. of or relating to or containing a metrical foot of two unstressed syllables; "pyrrhic verses"
3. of or relating to or resembling Pyrrhus or his exploits (especially his sustaining staggering losses in order to defeat the Romans); "a Pyrrhic victory"

septuagenarian n. A person who is 70 years old or between the ages of 70 and 80.

Sorry about the long post, but I hope it helps :-)

Zoey said...

Helena people will still take you siriously,
And Pheobe I feel very sorry for you. I love to spell but spelling bees scare very very much. -.<
Any ways just have fun try not to think about the competition it's self but pretend you're just writing the word.

~ Zoey

KatDoc said...


You can't do this - start a blog, get us hooked, then not post for 2 days.

I hear you had a long run of snow days, too, so no excuses.

Now, get bloggin'

~"Auntie" Kathi, the nag (I nag your mother, too)

My word was "dukdadw"

Duck, Dad? Or, duck-dad?

Maspo said...

Phoebe, I have a list for you for all but the last one, but it is too long for a comment. Do you have an email address or can I send it to your Mom's email address?
Joan in New Jersey
A real septuagenarian!
I hope I spelled that right!! LOL

nina said...

A spelling bee? What fun--no, seriously.
I coached my 2 daughters at the National Spelling Bee in DC years ago.
Even to this day, as college graduates, they recall a word from time to time.
You can do it--and I bet there's a pretty good coach (or two) at your house!
Good luck!

Rondeau Ric said...

Looks like those made up letter combos you need to post to a blog.
The one below my comment is
PFOMCGY- silent "p" a disease that causes one to foam at the mouth.

I just linked over from BOTB.
Nice blog Phoebe.

Rondeau Ric