Yes,” I told the man at the bookstore, “I am the spelling bee champion.
After spelling the word for me, the boys—Max and his leading actors—offer a few other variations.
I was freed from resource room on the condition that I get A's on every other spelling test that year, which I did.
The American-born Arvind had discovered there were things he liked to watch in addition to spelling bees.
You might say that this is part of my side of the story… Please excuse my handwriting, punctuation, and spelling.
The spelling, if I remember correctly, is mine, but the text is exactly as written by Mark.
The only funny thing about it is its title, and his spelling ‘attach’ ‘attatch.’
Other than those corrections, no changes to spelling have been made.
We had it in spelling, last term, and I happened to think of it.
Except as noted below, spelling and punctuation have been left as they originally appeared.
"name the letters of," Old English spellian "to tell, speak," infl. by Old French espeller "declare, spell," from Frankish *spellon "to tell;" both Old English and Frankish from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old High German spellon "to tell," Old Norse spjalla, Gothic spillon "to talk, tell"), from PIE *spel- "to say aloud, recite." Related: Spelled; spelling.
Meaning "write or say the letters of a word" is c.1400, from notion of "read letter by letter, read with difficulty" (c.1300). Spell out "explain step-by-step" is first recorded 1940, American English. Spelling bee is from 1878 (earlier simply spelling, 1860).
"work in place of (another)," Old English spelian "to take the place of," related to gespelia "substitute," of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to spilian "to play" (see spiel). Related: Spelled; spelling. The noun meaning "indefinite period of time" first recorded 1706.
"incantation, charm," Old English spell "story, speech," from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old Norse spjall, Old High German spel, Gothic spill "report, discourse, tale;" German Beispiel "example;" see spell (v.1)). Meaning "set of words with magical powers, incantation, charm" first recorded 1570s.
The term 'spell' is generally used for magical procedures which cause harm, or force people to do something against their will -- unlike charms for healing, protection, etc. ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]