Introducing... The VT Spelling Bee!

We're very pleased to announce a brand-new feature: the Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee! Taking advantage of our high-quality audio pronunciations, we've created a quiz that will sharpen your spelling skills and expand your vocabulary. And as everyone here in the office can attest, the quiz is downright addictive.

Each round, you'll hear the recording of the word and see its definition (with words suitably omitted that might give away the correct spelling). The more words you get right, the higher your score will go, on a scale from 200 to 800. What's more, the quiz adapts to your skill level, so if you continue to answer correctly, you'll get harder and harder words to spell.

If you get a word wrong, you can keep guessing, but it won't count towards your score. Try to learn the correct spelling of these words, though, because you can expect to see them pop up again later in the quiz!

As you can see on the main page for the spelling bee, individual VT subscribers have the opportunity to make it into Top 10 All-Time Spellers as well as the top spellers of the day. We keep track of the longest streaks of correct answers too, and the streaks count as tiebreakers for the top scorers. You'll even get a "bee" badge next to your name if you crack the Top 10. We hope this engenders some friendly competition in the VT community, but please, no wagering (and no cheating)!

If you've got any suggestions for improving the bee, just let us know by leaving a comment below or by clicking here.

Click here to start the bee. Happy spelling!

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