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Just watched Spellbound. Boy, am I glad that spelling bees didn't exist anywhere near where I grew up.

I can't believe how stressful it is to stand there are just spell! "Spell... 'borborygmus'." It's insane. I actually watched a telecast of the National Spelling Bee on ESPN once, and one boy FAINTED onstage!! *thwump* like a tree. Who ever thought that spelling could be so exciting?!

Watching Spellbound, however... as smart as those kids were, I was surprised at how little they knew. Yeah, so some of them were just 11 years old. But if they can read the dictionary for fun, surely they can read books and supermarket labels and newspapers. There was the Indian boy who got stuck on "Darjeeling". The girl who got stuck on "wheedle". And the boy who got eliminated on "banns"... Aren't those considered simple words? Sure, maybe they're stressed out, but if they can spell 'andromonoecious' and 'gibleh' and other bizarro words, it's just... weird.