Schwyzer, zenaida, clafouti: Merriam-Webster reveals the hardest words to spell in the English language prior to the National Spelling Bee
- Merriam-Webster has revealed which words are most often misspelled in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee
- They collaborated with language app Babbel and analyzed a decade of data to reveal the results
- Words of French descent are most likely misspelled, with several students also stumbling on Germanic words
- The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington DC next weekend
The Scripps National Spelling Bee opens on Sunday in Washington D.C. with America & # 39; s most brainstorming students competing for a prize of $ 50,000.
Prior to the bee, Merriam-Webster has revealed the words that students are most likely to pack in the final round of the competition.
The company works together with taalapp Chat to analyze a decade of data from previous Spelling Bees to discover the most misspelled words – and the results were surprising.
In a press release, Peter Sokolowski from Merriam Webster revealed that words derived from the French language were most likely to eliminate participants.
Together with Babel, Merriam-Webster has revealed the words that students are likely to pack in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition
He explained: & # 39; English has always borrowed words from other languages, and once found in our dictionaries, they are considered English words & # 39 ;.
Although some French words on the list are the names of cakes, they are much harder to spell than baguette or croissant.
The list of Merriam Webster contains clafouti (a baked dessert consisting of a layer of fruit) and pissaladière (a pastry covered with olives, onions and anchovies).
The list of Merriam Webster contains clafouti, a baked dessert consisting of a layer of fruit
MOST COMMON MISSPELLED WORDS OF FRENCH ORIGIN
Bourrée: a ballet combination consisting of small crossing steps
Clafouti: a dessert consisting of a layer of fruit (such as cherries) with batter and baked on top
Gaillardia: any plant or flower of some sort of West American herbs with hairy foliage and long stemmed flower heads with showy rays
Paillasson: roughly woven natural or synthetic straw that is used for hats
Pissaladière: an open puff pastry topped with olives, onions and anchovies
Réseau: a group of meteorological stations under common direction or cooperating in a common goal
Sarrusophone: a metal wind instrument with a double reed and a tube with a wide conical bore, such as the bassoon
Zenaida: every bird of a species of tropical American pigeons, one species of which reaches the West Indian Ocean and formerly the coast of Florida and one that occurs in the southwestern United States
Meanwhile, words of Germanic origin also undo many students who make the final round.
Words that capture specific human emotions and that are of German origin are often used in daily conversation, including wanderlust and guts.
But competitors have started up after not accurately spelling less frequently used words, such as a sense of consciousness (a sense devoid of the senses) and schwärmerei (a sense of excessive enthusiasm).
Meanwhile, many of the most common dog breeds are also of German origin and have been adopted in the English language.
These include dachshund, schnauzer and doberman.
But many participants are unable to describe the name of a more rare German dog breed – the Drahthair.
The wire-haired pointer has sent several students from the competition home.
Many participants were unable to spell drahthaar – a breed of dogs from Germany
MOST COMMON MISSPELLED WORDS OF GERMAN ORIGIN
Bewarestinslag: a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components
Drahthaar: a dog of a German breed of wire-haired pointers
Hallenkirche: a Gothic church, especially in Germany, where instead of the lighthouse the corridors are extended to almost the height of the nave
Schefflera: one of the various shrub-like tropical plants that are grown because of their showy, digitally composed leaves
Schwärmerei: excessive, unbridled enthusiasm or attachment
Schwyzer: a breed of large hardy brown dairy cattle from Switzerland
Vitrophy: rocks with different crystals (of feldspar, quartz or augite) in a relatively fine-grained glassy base
The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington DC next weekend
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