On Tuesday night, the LCCT held one of their famous Happy Hour Spelling Bees to raise funds for their organization, and Thinkwell fielded a team of three spelling whizzes, including yours truly. We sailed through the first ten rounds on words like stoic, florid, leprechaun, and propitiate. Our team member Dan flawlessly spelled the word connoisseur--the very word that had lost us the competition last year! (I do not envy French spelling bee participants.)
Our good luck, however, was not fated to last. When ours was one of only three teams left, we struck out on neomenia. Apparently it has nothing to do with mania and everything to do with the lunar cycle; it comes from the Greek words "neo" (new) and "men" (month/moon). Oh well, there's always next year. And now we can name one of the books in the Twilight series in Greek...though the value of that particular skill is, perhaps, somewhat dubious.
In addition to earning money for a great cause, the spelling bee was a reminder that even wordy adults can always improve their vocabularies. I was an English major in college, but I learned more than one new word that night. My favorites were fantods (a state of distress) and flocculent (fluffy). All in all, it was a successful night, and one that will help boost literacy in the Central Texas community.