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  1. Book says

    “The word is ‘Toclafane’.”
    “What is the language of origin?”
    “Oh, we have no idea. We just saw it on Doctor Who and it sounded like a brilliant word.”
    “Um, can you use it in a sentence?”
    “Yeah. ‘The Toclafane are decimating the human population! Run!'”

  2. ratbastard says

    That’s ridiculous. It’s an EXTREMELY ethnocentric word the vast majority of people in the U.S and elsewhere would be unfamiliar with.

    Good grief. If I was one of the ‘losers’ I’d get myself a lawyer,pronto.

  3. hugo says

    The entire bible belt is going to erupt with shingles that they used a Yiddish word.

    Ratbastard: isn’t that in the nature of the beast that the ‘winning’ word may be rather uncommon in daily use? Otherwise, Honey BooBoo and her cousins would win this thing? I don’t know which words were used in previous years, but I’d guess they’re rarely part of the vernacular.

  4. says

    Cries, stomps feet, vows to scream on street corners and throw knaidels (did I spell that right?) at passersby!

    You forget, rat, that he spelled a bunch of other words correctly, too.

  5. ripper says

    He also forgets (or more likely, isn’t aware because he seems ignorant of nearly everything) that words of German origin are used often in the Scripps spelling bee. In fact, this same kid was eliminated the two previous years for misspelling German words. So he studied them, and it paid off.

  6. ratbastard says

    I know what some people are thinking when I criticized the use of this word, and NO, I am not antisemitic. And I don’t need any lessons on how German influences the English language, thanks anyway. I still think this is an ethnocentric word and unfair.

    And BTW, I know what a Knaidel is. I grew up next to a neighborhood 40% Jewish and lived for years in a predominately Jewish neighborhood, shopped at a grocery store which had all the traditional and observant kinds of food and a lot of food from Israel. I

  7. mic says

    @RatTroll

    Stop kvetching you half-mensch. You are getting Verklempt about nothing. Now, piss off while I go have a Strudel encrusted Bagel.

    You see, idiot, yiddish words are used in America every freaking day.

    Troll, you truly are of the highest moronarchy.

  8. sugarrhill says

    Is ratbastard seriously bitching about the winning word in a Spelling Bee not being widely used? Do you not know how spelling bees work?

  9. David Hearne says

    It’s not an English word of German origin, it’s a Yiddish word of German origin.

    I grew up in Montgomery County Maryland surrounded by Jews from Philadelphia and New York. My best friend in college described himself with the k-word and sprinkled his speech with Yiddish. I have never heard the word ‘knaidel” used.

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