Shaking up the spelling bee

The biggest spelling bee in the country, the Scripps National Spelling Bee, is introducing a major change to its proceedings. Instead of just knowing how to spell preposterous words, contestants will also have to know their definitions.

If you ask us, for those who have trained for years just on the proper spelling of words, the change is bound to be like a field full of guetapens (the word that propelled last year’s winner, Snigdha Nandipati, to victory).

The reason behind the change:

"It represents a deepening of the bee’s commitment to its purpose," Director Paige Kimble told USA Today, "to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives."

Read more from reporter Karin Klein’s rundown of the changes.

Photos: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images, Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News/MCT, Fred Watkins / ABC, Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

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    Shoooooooooooot!!! The definition was my go-to for how to spell the word when I was competing for a position here! Snap!
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    I think this is a good idea, actually.
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    Won third place at my thirs grade at my spelling bee! First year in ‘Murica! … then two years later my sister got first...
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    I was in the spelling bee once in fifth grade? spelled my first word right, spelled my second word wrong.
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    As if spelling weren’t hard enough!!
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