What the Heck Is Koinonia? 12 HARDEST Words of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest 2018

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Do you know how to spell the word "Bewusstseinslage"? What IS "Bewusstseinslage", anyway? Well, there are school kids in US who not only know the meaning of the word, but nail its crazy spelling. This noun adopted from German is read as buh-voos-tines-lahga, which means "a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components."




Fortunately, words like this can be heard and used predominantly within the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the largest spelling contest across the USA. This year’s winner Karthik Nemmani, 14, from McKinney, Texas, took the championship by storm spelling the word "koinonia." Koinonia means "the Christian fellowship or body of believers." And it’s not the only peculiar word spelt in a contest. The Typical Student team has put together a list of words from the spelling contest to only ask yourself: "Why the heck are those kids so smart?"


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Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest 2018 Word List




According to the report made by FiveThirtyEight, suggests that 54% of the words spelt in the contest are of Latin, Middle English, French or New Latin origins. No wonder they’re so hard to pronounce! Check out the HARDEST words list from the Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest 2018 (all the definitions are taken from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary)



1. Amyloid (am-uh-loid, adjective, Latin & Greek): a waxy translucent substance consisting primarily of protein that is deposited in some animal organs and tissues under abnormal conditions (such as Alzheimer's disease).


2. Bewusstseinslage (buh-voos-tines-lahga, noun, German): a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components.


3. Cantal (kahn-tawl, noun, French): a hard cheddar-type cheese made in the south of France.


4. Chaudfroid (shoh-frwah, noun, French): a jellied sauce (as a white or brown sauce fortified with gelatin) used as a garnish especially for meat or fish.


5. Condottiere (condo-teeair-ay, noun, Italian): a leader of a band of mercenaries common in Europe between the 14th and 16th centuries.


6. Grognard (grogg-nard, noun, French): an old soldier.


7. Haecceitas (heck-see-uh-tass, noun, Medieval Latin): the status of being an individual or a particular nature.


8. Metatarsus (met-uh-tarsus, noun, New Latin): part of a human foot or of a hind foot in quadrupeds, between the ankle and the toes.


9. Miarolitic (mee-uh-roe-litic, adjective, Italian-derived): characterized by irregular cavities into which well-formed crystals project.


10. Poutine (pu-teen, noun, French Canadian): a dish of French fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds.


11. Uraeus (ur-ee-us, noun, New Latin): a representation of the sacred asp (Naja haje) appearing in ancient Egyptian art and especially on the headdress of rulers and serving as a symbol of sovereignty.


12. Soubresaut (sue-breh-sow, noun, French): a ballet jump from and a landing on both feet in closed position.


Do you think you can do well in a competition like this? These spelling kids have some nerve!


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