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Spelling Bee Words

When spell-check can't help you: The Scripps National Spelling Bee publishes a consolidated list of 23,413 unique words. Here are a few, ahem, vexing examples. Okay, spellers -- on your mark, get set, go:

FierinessFrangipane
IntussusceptLanai
PharisaicTussock
UgliUmbelliferous
UmpirageVallecula
VaticinateVicennial
ViomycinWampumpeag
WassailerWeald
Whitsunday Yautia
ZoonosisZygote


Bird Words

Adapted from "Bird Words," contributed by subscriber Ruth Beasley. Ruth writes about birds on her website Learning the Birds. She can also be heard on High Plains Public Radio , her local NPR affiliate in Garden City, Kansas.

A large part of learning the birds is the attempt to gain fluency in a new language. Bird words, I call 'em. Memorable words like melanistic, pileated, accipiter, and axillar -- none my spell-checker recognizes. These fine words permeate the bird books, meticulously staking out descriptive territory.

Birders are people for whom subtle differences are carefully noted, and it's important to get the lingo right. Colors are precise, with shades of tawny, bay, cinnamon, ivory, chestnut, and buff. I'm still figuring out the difference between sooty and slatey, mottled and splotched.

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Tea Words

Submitted by Sebastian Beckwith, founder of In Pursuit of Tea, a company dedicated to "exploring remote regions to supply the finest artisanal teas."

FireMoldy
SteamYeasty
WitherSour
RoastSweet
OxidizeFloral
FermentFruity
FlushSpicy
SkiffSavory
SteepCitric
InfuseCaramel
StrainNutty
EarthyVegetal
BarnBurnt
MushroomSmoky


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