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She Mastered 30,000 Words to Win with Wastrel


Sign On San Diego -- Before Snigdha Nandipati could even consider the word that would clinch the Countywide Spelling Bee on Tuesday, the judges intervened amid a murmur of confusion in the audience.

The word presented to Snigdha was oddly pronounced “woss-trel.” The bee master repeated it, this time using the common pronunciation of “wastrel,” along with this definition: “Something rejected or discarded as useless or imperfect.” (Full Story)

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