I know I'm not. As if spelling the words in the Scripps National Spelling Bee wasn't hard enough, participants have to know the definitions of the words. Try this quiz of the definitions of past winning words.
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2001: What is the definition of succedaneum?
Wrong.Right. Substitute. Remember, there is no succedaneum for hard work. Except cheating.
2002: What is the definition of prospicience?
Wrong.Right. The act of looking forward; foresight. If my prospicience was better, I wouldn't have run into that mailbox.
2003: What is the definition of pococurante?
Wrong.Right. Indifferent; nonchalant. Here come the cops; just act pococurante.
2004: What is the definition of autochthonous?
Wrong.Right. Indigenous; native. If you're not a Cardinals fan, you must not be autochthonous to St. Louis.
2005: What is the definition of appoggiatura?
Wrong.Right. An embellishing note preceding an essential melodic note. The Sex Pistols didn't use too many appoggiatura in their songs.
2006: What is the definition of Ursprache?
Wrong.Right. A parent language. I'm pretty sure my parents never used the word Ursprache.
2007: What is the definition of serrefine?
Wrong.Right. A small forceps for clamping a blood vessel. They could shave a couple years off medical school if they used regular words for things like clamps.
2008: What is the definition of guerdon?
Wrong.Right. Reward; recompense. If you got this right, you deserve a big guerdon.
2009: What is the definition of Laodicean?
Wrong.Right. Lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics. A pretty fancy word for someone who doesn't give a rat's patootie.
2010: What is the definition of stromuhr?
Wrong.Right. Instrument that measures the amount and speed of blood flow. As in: Hey, Dracula, can I borrow your stromuhr?
2011: What is the definition of cymotrichous?
Wrong.Right. Having the hair wavy. In the 1980s, the band Poison was quite cymotrichous.
2012: What is the definition of guetapens?
Wrong.Right. Ambush; snare; trap. Did you know that when you began taking this quiz you stepped into a big guetapens?
2013: What is the definition of knaidel?
Wrong.Right. Matzo ball. I'm pretty sure this was also a lyric in the "Laverne and Shirley" theme song.
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QUIZ BY: Tom Borgman
SOURCES: AP photos