My kids’ primary school in NSW recently introduced a spelling bee. My daughter was given a list of 1500 or so words to learn for the Year 5/6 section of the competition this year. I thought I’d sit down with her and make use of my extensive vocabulary to explain some of the trickier ones to her.
Boy, was I wrong.
Here I was expecting accommodation and accelerate, and I got noolbenger and nesselrode. I mean, seriously. I’d never even heard of some of these words before. There was no way I’d be able to spell them.
Take a look at 10 of the toughest ones. Go on, be honest – how many do you know? (Meanings at the end of the post):
The word lists for the NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee are supplied by the Macquarie Dictionary. All these words are in the Macquarie’s online dictionary, which is regularly updated.
A spokesperson for the spelling bee says it’s all about expansion.