My dotter kan spel lyke a mutha

19 Jan

Today, our daughter Chloe thumped all challengers to become the Columbus Elementary spelling champion. Oddly, she couldn’t remember a single word she conquered on her way to victory. She blamed nervousness for the memory blip for they had to spell the words into a “real” microphone in front of the entire fifth grade with the principal–the ultimate discipliner–tossing the words at them.

Chloe, 10

She admitted to flubbing one mystery word, but then her final challenger, a fourth grade boy, failed to claim the contest when he, too, slipped on some word. Chloe then took it home by correctly spelling…some other word.

A fellow fifth grader, and a soccer teammate, misspelled “niece” by transposing the i and e. This is the only confirmed word in today’s bee.

I’m glad it wasn’t a memory bee.

She inherited the gift of spelling awesomeness from her humble daddy who can spell words like “amateur” with one arm tied behind his back. He can spell “conscience” like it’s nothing. And watch this:

  • occurrence
  • noticeable
  • playwright
  • vacuum
  • accidentally
  • leisure
  • medieval
  • perseverance

I am on a freakin’ roll now; watch me go: pastime, rhyme, separate, supersede.

I remember finishing in the top three of a class spelling bee around the same age, remember the disappointment of screwing up the word. “That’s wrong, shit head, sit down,” I seem to recall some teacher telling me. Ironically, I just misspelled “disappointment” and even “misspelled” in this very sentence.

Here is a good list of often misspelled words.


7 Responses to “My dotter kan spel lyke a mutha”

  1. mom January 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Spell the Christmas plant found all over during the holiday season…laughing out loud…!

    • fightn4it January 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

      Poinsettia, you mean?

  2. Patience aka Nurse Wrachette January 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Congradulations Chloe!! I can not spell anything that is not involved with the medical field it seems. You dear child are a marvel!

    • fightn4it January 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      She smiled and said THANKS!

  3. angie January 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Way to go Chloe! I came in second in my fifth grade spelling bee – I couln’t spell cellophane! Could be wrong now too…not sure.

    • fightn4it January 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      Wow, that’s a tough one. I think most 5th graders would start that with an “s,” “sellofane.”

  4. Spiral January 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Great post – congrats to your daughter 🙂

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