Tonight the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee officially kicked off with the Bee’s Opening Ceremony! I was honored to be a part of this year’s ceremony as a representative of one of the seven core values of the Bee – inspiring growth. Other values include purpose, achievement, entertainment, potential, discovery, and heritage. During the ceremony, Dr. Bailly, the official pronouncer of the Bee, highlighted the fact that my blogging was inspiring others to grow in their knowledge as I have grown during my five year journey at the Bee. Indeed, that was my hope for this blog and I hope I have succeeded in that endeavor.
Over the past three years, I have written about my Bee experiences in my Insider’s Guide to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. However, this year I have decided to forego this tradition and simply enjoy my last time at the Bee (I’m an 8th grader and will no longer be able to compete after this year).
The National Spelling Bee is a great event and I hope you all get a chance to watch it this year; my speller number is 133! If you are competing in the Bee this year, good luck!
Additional information and broadcasting schedule can be found on http://www.spellingbee.com.
Hello everyone! As I study for the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, there are certain words that naturally catch my attention. I am particularly intrigued by words that contain my name. I didn’t realize that tara could be found in so many words originating from different languages.
Tarantism (tarən‧ˌtizəm) is an uncontrollable urge to dance, and tarantella (tarən‧ˈtelə) is an Italian folk dance. Both these words are named after Taranto, a city in Italy. A taradiddle (tarəˈdidəl) is a small fib. No one knows where this word originates from, but it was first used around 1796.
One of my favorite words is taramosalata (tärəˌmōsəˈlä-tə). This is a Greek fish spread and it originates from Greek. A tuatara (tüəˈtärə) is a large reptile commonly found in New Zealand. This word originates from Maori, a Polynesian language.
The word tarantara is an imitative word that mimics the sound of a bugle. This is actually a variation of the Latin word tantara (tan‧ˈtarə).
Tara means star not only in Sanskrit, but also in many other Indian languages, such as Hindi and Telugu. So there you have it, a post all about my name! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you will indulge my narcissism especially since I recently celebrated my birthday!
Hi everyone! I’ve created a new page on my blog called “Books To Explore.” On this page, you’ll find a list of some of my favorite books. Since reading is a wonderful way to discover words, I thought this would be a great addition to my blog. Let me know what you think!
If you would like to read more about the spellers competing this year go to
Hi everyone! Since I just turned 10 years old, I thought this was a good time to update my about page. Tell me what you think! https://thewordexplorer.wordpress.com/about/