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Hi! My name is Tara and I am 16 years old. I started this blog to not only share my love of words with others, but also try to teach people where words in the English language come from. Getting to the root of words is a great way to explore the English language.

English borrows words from Latin, Ancient Greek, French, German and many other languages. Over half of the words in the English language come from Latin and Greek so knowledge of these two languages is helpful in understanding English words. I have studied Latin for 7 years and Ancient Greek for 2 years. I also study Spanish.

My love of words led me all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. These experiences have inspired me to discover and learn more words. 

In 2018, I founded the Bluegrass Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving English language literacy among the youth of Kentucky. For more information, visit bluegrassliteracyproject.org.

In 2020, I founded Girls Driving Change, an international online platform dedicated to helping girls and young women create social change. For more information, click here.

Three words that best describe me are: bibliophile (love to read), linguaphile (lover of languages and words) and chocaholic (addicted to dark chocolate),

When I am not exploring words, I like to play video games with my family, cuddle with my dog, and practice archery.


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    • Meena,

      I have competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee twice, in 2013 and 2015. I wrote a series of posts about my bee experience last year called the “Insider’s Guide to the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.” Search my blog using the key words “Insider’s Guide” to read my posts. It’ll make more sense if you scroll to the bottom for the very first post in the series. Enjoy!

  2. We are so glad to come to know your ‘Never Quit’ attitude. You have showed it to us by striving to go to the Scripps Bee and doing better each and every time, from 2013 and counting. Keep it up, and we know you will. We are so proud of your word explorer blog initiative as an 11 year old. You have a very bright future ahead. Good Luck!
    -The Dayapremas

  3. Hi Tara
    I am also a 12 year old 7th grader. I’m looking to create my own spelling blog inspired by yours. I’d love to have a catchy name like “The Word Explorer”. Could you please help me in finding one like this?


  4. Tara,
    I LOVE this blog. I am in 6th grade, and this is my first year participating in any spelling bee other than my school competition. All of the root word games you post have been helpful and fun. Thank you so much!

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