The Easiest Final Words in Scripps Spelling Bee History

The Scripps National Spelling Bee finals are tonight.  It’s on the Ion network if you want to watch.

We went through all the “winning words” from every final since 1925.  And it turns out they’ve gotten a lot harder since then.  Most of us couldn’t spell any from the past 30 years.  But some of the older ones are gettable, if you’re a decent speller.

Here are the ten EASIEST final words in Scripps National Spelling Bee history.  See how many you can get.  We’ll use each one in a sentence . . .

1.  Fracas  (1930)  “My roommate spoiled the last episode of ‘Succession’, and it caused a major fracas.”  (F-R-A-C-A-S)

2.  Knack  (1932)  “I’ve never been a good speller.  I just don’t have a knack for it.”  (K-N-A-C-K)

3.  Interning  (1936)  “After all that money my parents dropped on tuition . . . I’m interning at a RADIO STATION this summer.”  (I-N-T-E-R-N-I-N-G)

4.  Therapy  (1940)  “I told my dad I’m interning at a radio station, and now he’s in therapy.”  (T-H-E-R-A-P-Y)

5.  Initials  (1941)  “I bet you can’t tell me what J.R.R. Tolkien’s initials stand for.”  (I-N-I-T-I-A-L-S)  His full name was John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.

6.  Condominium  (1956)  “If I just work in radio another 30 or 40 years, I’ll finally be able to afford that condominium.”  (C-O-N-D-O-M-I-N-I-U-M)

7.  Chihuahua  (1967)  “Way back when, people used to think chihuahuas were related to chipmunks.”  That’s actually true(C-H-I-H-U-A-H-U-A)

8.  Croissant  (1970)  “I’ve eaten a donut and a bagel out of the trash before, but never a croissant.”  (C-R-O-I-S-S-A-N-T)

9.  Luge  (1984)  “One sport you couldn’t pay me to try is . . . luge.”  (L-U-G-E)

10.  Kamikaze  (1993)  “She drank four kamikazes at the bar and puked on her Uber driver.”  (K-A-M-I-K-A-Z-E)