Test your skills: Could you win the National Spelling Bee?

Published: Tuesday, May 27 2014 7:02 p.m. MDT


For the past 89 years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has invited children 8 to 15 years old to compete in the spelling competition.

This year, 281 children will gather in Washington, D.C., on May 28 to determine the 2014 winner.

The 2014 competition comprises 51 percent girls and 49 percent boys, with 138 spellers who speak more than one language.

According to the spelling bee website, some of the 2014 contestants' favorite words are "bibliophile," "effervescent," "gestalt," "kerfuffle," "schottische" and "snickersnee."

In honor of the Spelling Bee, take this quiz to see if you have what it takes to be the winner.

The following 20 words have been taken from Scripps' list of "winning words" over the past 89 years.

The spelling bee preliminaries can be seen on Wednesday, May 28, 6 a.m.- 2:45 p.m. (MST) on ESPN3.

Semifinals will be shown Thursday, May 29, 8 a.m.- noon on ESPN2.

Championship finals will air on Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on ESPN.

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Burley, ID

Put me in coach, I only missed two!

Salt Lake City, UT

I kinsider myesef a egsalent speler, but mised fore! Its'owl abowt weather you us a werd wydley oar incowter it freekwently whyl reeding. Theirs a derek kinecshun betwin reeding and beeing a kompitint speler.

Spanish Fork, UT

I missed two. I consider myself a pretty good speller, but it is a lot easier when you get multiple choice, rather than having to spell them yourself.!!

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