Could You Win a Spelling Bee?

By: Isadora Teich
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Could You Win a Spelling Bee?
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About This Quiz

Think you are a spelling genius? English is a notoriously tricky language to get right. Even lifelong speakers can confuse all the rules, exceptions, and tricky spellings of both obscure and everyday words. While some languages are mostly phonetic, meaning that you can generally tell how words are spelled by how they sound, English is nothing like that at all. Some words are spelled completely differently, but sound the same, like to, two and too. If English were logical, pie and piece would not have different vowel sounds. If things made more sense, bowl and toll would not be pronounced as rhyming words.    

This is why spelling bees are such a popular form of competition. You cannot fake your way to the top when it comes to these sorts of contests. You have to really know your stuff in order to best English, which has one of the largest and most complex vocabularies of any modern language. It takes a lot of skill to outspell your competitors and get it right every single time! It can become a truly suspenseful competition with onlookers hanging on every last letter. 

If you think you have what it takes to crush a spelling bee, test out your chops with this quiz! 


I'll take a picture with my:
chamrah
camra
kaamara
camera
"Camera" is the correct spelling of this world. Don't be fooled by the fact that many pronounce it without the "e" in the middle.

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She wears _____ rings.
ate
eight
While "ate" and "eight" sound the same, they are very different. Don't be fooled.
ayt
eiht

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He was the _______ baby.
hapyist
hapiest
happiest
Happiest is the correct spelling of this word. Remember it by breaking it up into hap+pie+st.
haphyst

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They made it to the:
celebration
Celebration is the correct spelling of this word. It is "celebrate" with the "e" dropped and the suffix "ion" added.
selebraytion
cellebration
selebratone

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The _______ was up for reelection.
seneter
sennator
senator
Senator is the correct way to spell this word. It is another case where similar-sounding vowel pronunciation can lead to confusion.
sennitir

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I hope they don't ______ my favorite show.
cansel
kancell
cansele
cancel
The correct spelling of this word is "cancel." This word can be tricky because it makes use of both the hard C and the soft C.

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The winding road is ____________.
danjerus
dangerouse
dangerous
Dangerous is the correct spelling. It makes use of the root word danger and the suffix -ous.
dangeruss

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She wants to be an _________ when she grows up.
auther
arthur
authir
author
Author is the correct spelling of the word. An author is someone who has created a piece of writing.

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They learned ________ in art class.
Skupture
Sculpture
Sculpture is spelled correctly. Sculpture is an art from where 2 or 3D creations are made often from stone, wood, clay, metal, or plaster.
Skullpture
Sculpshure

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She was not ______ of his violin practice.
tollerint
talorant
tolerant
Tolerant is the correct spelling of this word. To be tolerant means to be open-minded about opinions and behavior that does not reflect one's own.
talerint

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_________ is dangerous.
dienamite
dynomight
dinimite
dynamite
Dynamite is spelled correctly. It is a high explosive, which is often in stick form.

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Don't __________ other people's problems.
minimise
minimeyes
minimize
Minimize is the correct spelling. To minimize something is to reduce its gravity or importance.
minemize

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I got Tylenol from the _________.
pharmacy
Pharmacy is the proper spelling. A pharmacy is a shop where medicines are prepared and sold.
farmacy
pharmicie
fharmace

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The dinosaurs are:
Eggstint
Extinct
The correct spelling is extinct. An extinct group has no living members.
Ekstinkt
Exetinckt

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Kevin is very ________.
thotfull
thoughtful
The correct spelling is thoughtful. Someone who is thoughtful shows consideration for other people's needs.
thawtfull
thughtfil

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I always have room for:
desert
desurt
dessert
Dessert is the correct spelling. Do not confuse desert, arid and dry land, with dessert, a sweet treat.
dassert

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The ______ was broken.
vacum
vaacum
vakum
vacuum
Vacuum is the correct spelling of the word. A vacuum is both a space entirely devoid of matter and a cleaning device.

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She needs to take her car to the:
mekanic
mecanek
mechanic
Mechanic is the correct spelling of this word. A mechanic is someone skilled in repairing and maintaining vehicles and other machinery.
muchanick

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He is _________ tired.
especially
The correct spelling is especially. It means very much.
uhspecially
especielly
espeshiallie

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Wait until the ________ to get a snack.
entermesseion
intermision
intermission
The proper spelling is intermission. An intermission is a break or pause.
inter-mission

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Seth plays little __________ baseball.
leegue
leage
leagie
league
The correct spelling is league. A league is a collection of teams, people, groups or countries that come together for either protection or cooperation.

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Jesse's _________ is British.
nationality
Nationality is spelled correctly. Someone's nationality is the nation or country they belong to.
nateonaliti
nashunalitie
nationelete

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I saw a __________.
fantom
phantem
fanntem
phantom
Phantom is spelled correctly. A phantom is a ghost.

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Dogs are friendly, and _______ get a lot of attention.
consequantly
consecwantli
consequently
Consequently is spelled correctly. It means as a result of.
konsequently

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The hat was ______.
adjustable
Adjustable is spelled correctly. Something adjustable can be adjusted easily.
addjustible
adjustibel
adjustabul

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The party was _________.
outrageus
outrajeous
outrageous
Outrageous is the correct spelling. Outrageous is an adjective meaning bad, excessive, unusual or shocking.
outtrageus

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She said no just to be:
contrary
Contrary is the proper spelling. To be contrary is to be opposite in nature or meaning for the sake of it.
kontrerie
contrarie
cohntrary

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The business was very:
luckrative
loocrative
lucreative
lucrative
Lucrative is spelled correctly. Something lucrative generates a lot of profit.

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The dark night was __________.
Amonis
Aminous
Ominous
Ominous is the proper spelling. If something is ominous it is foreboding.
Uminuss

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The singer was:
extra-ordinary
extriordinary
ecstraordinari
extraordinary
Extraordinary is the correct spelling. Something extraordinary is unusual or remarkable.

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The celebrity got an _______ degree from my university.
ornery
honerary
honorary
Honorary is the proper spelling. Something honorary is given to someone even though they did not take the usual steps to earn it.
hanarerie

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She has ________.
vertigo
Vertigo is spelled properly. Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness when looking down from a great height, or a disease of the inner ear that causes that sensation.
verdigo
verrtigoh
vurtigoo

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He tried to _______ from drinking.
abstane
abbstain
abstain
Abstain is correctly spelled. To abstain is to restrict a specific activity or pleasure.
abstayne

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She was not ______.
riligus
religeous
relligiuss
religious
Religious is properly spelled. To be religious is to relate to or believe in a religion.

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She died of an unknown:
maladie
meledy
melody
malady
Malady is spelled correctly. A malady is a disease.

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