June 1, 2012 · 0 Comments
The Scripps National Spelling Bee finals begin tonight at 8 p.m., and nine talented spellers will be assaulted with some of the hardest and most obscure words you’ve ever heard of.
Here are 10 of the toughest words that have won the Bee:
Antediluvian (an-ti-dÉ-Ëlü-vÄ-Én): Of or relating to the period before the flood described in the Bible.
Xanthosis (zÄn-thÅ’sÄs): A yellowish discoloration of degenerating tissues, especially seen in malignant neoplasms.
Chiaroscurist (kÄ-Ëär-É-ËskyuÌr-ist): An artist who specializes in chiaroscuro.
Logorrhea (loÌ-gÉ-ËrÄ-É, Ëlä-): Excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.
Succedaneum (sÉk-sÉ-ËdÄ-nÄ-Ém): a substitute.
Pococurante (pÅ-kÅ-kyuÌ-Ëran-tÄ): Indifferent, nonchalant.
Autochthonous (oÌ-Ëtäk-thÉ-nÉs): Indigenous, native, aboriginal-used.
Appoggiatura (É-Ëpä-jÉ-ËtuÌr-É): An embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size.
Ursprache (oor-shprah-khuh): A hypothetically reconstructed parent language, as Proto-Germanic, the ancestor of the Germanic languages.
Laodicean (lÄ-Ëä-dÉ-ËsÄ-Én): lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics.