Can you spell horripilation?
What about parochialism?
When the parents of the best young spellers in the US were asked to spell these words – ones we too don’t even know the meanings of – some stared blankly, others laughed.
“Can you use it in a sentence?” one dad asked. Ha! Yeah, right – as if that would help.
Also read: Quiz: Can you spell better than a 10-year-old?
One dad wrote horpilation, another hurruplation.
Horibulation spelled one mom.
And the worst by far: hairabulation.
The 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, Karthik Nemmani, offers advice to children (and parents too) who may struggle with spelling.
It takes dedication and hard work, he says. “I studied for about 35-36 hours a week,” he explains of preparing for the spelling bee. The key to his success was “typing up words in a spreadsheet” and “using that muscle memory”.
We’re not sure that would help us though. We don’t even know what
horpilation hurruplation horibulation horripilation actually means – using it in a sentence really wouldn’t help. But in case you’re interested – to add to your vocabulary:
A bristling of the hair of the head or body (as from disease, terror, or chilliness)
Ya’ll could’ve just said goosebumps!
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