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Saturday, March 12, 2005


Kids are incredibly resilient, but I can’t imagine a more stunning comeback than that of Akshay Buddiga. The 13 year old fainted onstage during a Spelling Bee competition and then came back almost immediately to spell “alopecoid” before an amazed crowd. This kid’s just incredible.

Watch the clip here.


  • At 3/13/2005 07:27:00 a.m., Anonymous Yusuf Smith said…

    Why were some of those words in an American spelling bee, when they're not even English words? I mean, Weimaraner? Or is that some German immigrant food?

  • At 3/13/2005 06:20:00 p.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Leave it to you to go through the article with a fine-tooth comb. Why couldn't you just watch the clip like everyone else? :-)

    But since you've asked, stole this off
    Weimaraner: Any of a large breed of hunting dog that originated in Germany, having a smooth grayish coat.

    Having some non-English words is not a problem, because many such words have entered mainstream English usage. The boundaries are not quite clear. Although one could argue that none of the words in the spelling bee are widely used...I guess if it's in the dictionary, it counts.

    We could always anglicise a few words if it would make you happy...


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