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)
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)