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Favorite words of the Scripps National Spelling Bee spellers

Posted at 10:15 AM, Apr 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-19 16:21:18-04

Contestants at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee don't get to pick their own words — but they do have a few favorites:


A silly or flighty person.

Eesha Sohail (Speller #8), Bakersfield, California


An arrangement of five things in a square or rectangle with one at each corner and one in the middle.

Sylvie Lamontagne (Speller #29), Lakewood, Colorado.


Used as a greeting.

Ammy Lin (Speller #131), Baxter, Minnesota.


An instrument for measuring blood pressure and especially arterial blood pressure.

Brennon Lee Cavanagh (Speller #61), Mt. Carroll, Illinois.


A musical instrument that has a line of flat metal bars of different sizes that are hit with two special sticks.

Joseph Batis (Speller #77), Kokomo, Indiana.


Covered with soft material.

Aditya Nadkarni (Speller #66), Aurora, Illinois.


A usually triangularly folded kerchief for the head.

Srinithi Kanakam (Speller #119), Jackson, Michigan.


A West African city in Burkina Faso.

Nathaniel Britton (Speller #122), Shelby, Michigan.


A type of strong liquor. 

Jerilyn Celeste Challenger (Speller # 225), Gallatin, Tennessee.

“Whatever word I spell right”

Gavin knows what's up.

Gavin Buehler (Speller #154), Williamson, New York.


The Bee preliminaries begin May 27 (ESPN3, 8 a.m. ET). The stakes raise on May 28 with the semifinals (ESPN2, 10 a.m. ET) and finals (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). Follow all the Bee action on Twitter at @ScrippsBee.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.