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Could you spell the word lidar for $15,000?

Do you even know what a lidar is?
Don’t worry, I answered ‘no’ to both of these questions too.
Luckily, Laura Newcombe had no trouble spelling the five-letter word and ending up winning the final round of this year’s Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee. Shockingly enough, this is her second year in a row winning. (If Laura or anyone who knows Laura is reading this, can I pay you/her to edit my blog?)
Some of the other words she had to spelled included: finlandization, sondage, cyanide, and logomachy. My spellcheck couldn’t even recognize two of those words (no snide comments about my spellcheck please)!

Newcombe won the championship over Scott Xiao, age 11, of Burnaby, B.C. He was elminated when he spelled NOMENCY, with an ‘a’ not an ‘e’. Loser.

Final note: Not that I’m one to talk, but I love how the above picture of this year’s finalists does absolutely nothing towards making spelling bees look cool. Ahh nerds, you gotta love ’em.

Mike Morrison

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