Last night, Sukanya Roy, a 14-year-old from Pennsylvania, won the 84th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling cymotrichous, a Greek-descended word meaning "having wavy hair." Are your orthographic skills better than an eighth grader’s? Try our mock spelling bee and find out.
Each word in the quiz below won some lucky kid the grand prize in a past bee. Click on the audio player to hear the word pronounced. Need a hint? Click and drag your cursor over the [bracketed] area to reveal the word’s part of speech, definition, use in a sentence, language of origin, and, finally, its spelling.