Sometimes I get all uppity and declare myself a smarty pants and then I watch the National Spelling Bee and I know I'm not at all.
These kids are all, "What's the language of origin?" or "What's the etymology" and I'm all, "What's etymology?"
Okay, fine I figured out what etymology is, but I do not know how to spell one single word I have watched so far.
Scardoodledom? Really? (I am not making that up.)
These kids are HARD CORE! I can't imagine being that "in" to spelling. Crazy!
Hydrargyrum, no lie.
And they spell the words out on their hands. CRAZY! I'd lose my place.
I'd be all, "Hyd...uh what was the word again?" OR, I'd ask all the questions, like, "what's the definition, what's the alternative pronunciation, what's the etymology?" And then real sly-like, I'd be all, "What's the exact spelling please?" HA! Sneak it in there like I'm allowed to ask.
Take that National Spelling Bee.
Is this fun for these children, this crazy, extreme spelling game? Cuz I don't love scrabble, so I'm trying to figure out how this is fun.
The thing is, these children have NEVER heard these words before, they just know enough about etymology that they FIGURE IT OUT from NOTHING.
Sheesh. I am NOT smarter than a fifth grader. That much is certain.