My name is Tara and I am 12 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 been a student of Latin for 6 years. In the past, I have also studied Ancient Greek, German and Hindi.

My love of words led me all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. I was a finalist in 2016 (ranked 22nd) and 2017 (ranked 18th). These experiences have inspired me to discover and learn more words. 

Three words that best describe me are: Bibliophile (love to read), Chocaholic (addicted to dark chocolate), and Verbomaniac (obsessed with words).

When I am not exploring words, I like to play video games with my eight-year-old sister, cuddle with my puppy, build with Legos, and travel with my family. My favorite places to visit are California, Hawaii, Disney World, and India.


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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

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