The winner of the 91st Scripps U.S. National Spelling Bee is 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani, of McKinney, Texas. Nemmani won after correctly spelling the word “koinonia.” Do you know what “koinonia” means? Koinonia is a greek word and according to the Oxford Dictionary is defined as “Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians”.
Nemmani won more than $40,000 cash, the Scripps trophy, and trips to New York and Los Angeles for national TV appearances, among other prizes. Frisco, Texas’ 12-year-old Naysa Modi took second place after misspelling “Bewusstseinslage.” That word according to dict.cc English-Gerrman Dictionary means a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components.
Ironically, Nemmani and Modi both competed in the same county spelling bee, which qualified them for the Scripps event.
For highlights click below:
Want to wow the 1075 Beach Radio listening audience with a word and it’s meaning? Talk or Text 250-545-7557, Facebook, Instagram, email email@example.com, use the new BEACH RADIO APP, or Twitter.
Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images