Skip to comments.These are the hardest-to-spell words in the English language
Posted on 05/21/2019 5:02:30 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
(CNN) Bondieuserie. Bewusstseinslage. Ayacahuite.
Most of us wouldn't even know how to pronounce those words, let alone spell them. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a week away and it is sure to be filled with a plethora of problematic words. An international team of linguists from the language-learning app Babbel partnered with Merriam-Webster to analyze a decade's worth of words and find out what knocked out Bee contestants in the final round.
Bondieuserie [bohn-dyooz-ree]: banal and often shoddy religious art (almost all religious art)
Zenaida [zen-eye-da]: any bird of a genus of tropical American pigeons (know of some Mexican women with this name)
Schwärmerei [schvair-muh-RYE]: excessive unbridled enthusiasm or attachment (Hillary or Obama fans)
Ayacahuite (Spanish) [ah-jah-kah-WEE-tay]: a large Mexican pine tree with long needles and extremely large yellowish red cones (nope - it's Indian dialect, probably Aztec)
Minhag (Hebrew) [min-HAHG]: Jewish religious custom (of name calling your wife)
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Can’t believe CNN published an apolitical article. Hardest word for them to spell is “truth”.
Laughing at “MinHag”.
I didn’t follow the link, but the first few words there are not English. We may have borrowed them, but they are very clearly of foreign origin.
Misspelling an occasional word is bad enough. Getting help from Apple is infuriating.
CNN continued: “Trump claims he can spell these words, but he’s lying.”
Spelling Bees are platforms to showcase the abilities of savants.
My first though exactly.
On the other hand I took a rather good Poop-ig-gig this morning so I’m gonna have a real great day!
buttigieg: definition—a place where excrement comes out
When I double click on this word with my dictionary software, it comes back with "No definition found." Yep, that's about right. I think the word should be added to a list of banned words.
It isn’t apolitical. Nothing they do is anything but political. You didn’t catch the anti Christian propaganda? “banal and often shoddy religious art (almost all religious art)” Teaching the cool kids to hate all Christian art, which is what American society hears with “religious “...
They took a shot at Jews too.
Seems like a very easy word to spell.
English does not contain accent or diacritical marks.
Nor does it contain spanish, hebrew or other stuff.
1940s: from French, from bon good + Dieu God.
so much for “English”
It is hardly apolitical if Babbel is involved. Remember their coniption fit when they found an ad of theirs was recently shown during Fox News' Tucker Carlson show? Ban Babbel!
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