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Spelling Bee

For world's young, US contest spells friendships

Katherine Wang, 11, from Beijing, feels the pressure. Photo: AP

Sometimes-nervous contestants in America's Scripps National Spelling Bee launched two days of competition, facing the new challenge of not only having to spell obscure words correctly, but also knowing what they mean.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 3:04am

Who said it?

It's the first time the vigil would be held without Uncle [Szeto] Wah's presence, but his spirits will be with us

Albert Ho Chun-yan, Democratic Party chairman, on today's June 4 vigil in Victoria Park

As with any business in a 30-month-old industry, the path to success will have twists and turns, moments of brilliance and other moments of sheer stupidity

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A quiz to keep you busy as a bee

Buzzing around

Find the meaning of these phrases involving bees

1 a spelling bee

a. a large wooden structure where swarms of bees make their home

b. a competition in which contestants are asked to spell difficult words

2 to make a bee line for

a. to fly in a straight line

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Nostalgic for letters in an age of spell check

How do you spell 'decline'? How do you spell 'obsolete', or 'archaic'? For most people, spelling tests were not one of their favourite parts of growing up. Let's face it, the people who actually looked forward to weekly spelling tests usually wore two-inch-thick glasses and calculator watches. Yet, when I went to school, spelling was important.

28 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Contest leaves audience spellbound

How good is your spelling? Can you spell HELLEBORE without looking in the dictionary?

What about PALIMPSEST? Could you manage to spell that without any help?

Even a short word like BANNS can be tricky. Does it have one or two Ns? It's time to get your spelling thinking cap on.

21 Jan 2004 - 12:00am