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Play the EdWeek Spelling Bee

In a world dominated by autocorrect and communication by emoji, a sacred annual gathering of linguistic student phenoms persists. These word whizzes have advanced from regional competitions to Washington to compete in the 96th Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.

As the competition unfolds on national television, these young minds will wrestle with contextual clues, etymology, and word origins to spell words that would stump most of us.

In 2023, champion Dev Shah, a 14-year-old from Largo, Fla., moved through the ranks by spelling schistorrhachis, aegagrus, rommack and tolsester, and finally took the championship by spelling psammophile. (Editor’s note: Four of these words are currently being questioned by autocorrect.)

In honor of the National Spelling Bee, Education Week made its own challenge using some multisyllabic words in educators’ lexicon. These are words teachers and administrators encounter—but can you spell them?

Take the challenge or put your students to the test. (And, if you miss a couple, at least you’re not on national television!)

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