Spelling Champ Anamika Veeramani

Congrats to 14-year-old Anamika Veeramani of Ohio for clinching the 83rd Annual Scripp’s National Spelling Bee crown, and for upholding the impressive reign of South Asian American title holders (8 out of the last 12). The youngest contestant in this year’s Spelling Bee was 8-year-old Vanya Shivashankar, the sister of  last year’s winner Kavya Shivashankar. Anamika, incidentally, also placed 5th in last year’s contest. Don’t call it a comeback! She been here for years — rockin’ her peers and puttin’ suckas in fear!

Anamika took home $40,000 in cash and scholarships – and a big muthafuckin’ trophy to reflect the size and unsurpassableness (I know, not a word. Shut up) of her noggin. The winning word was “stromuhr”. I’ve never even heard this word in my near three decades, and would have guessed it’s some sort of VD or illegitimate, unacknowledged offspring of Strom Thurmond. But no! A stromuhr is: a rheometer designed to measure the amount and speed of blood flow through an artery. And it looks like this:

Thanks Anamika and Scripps Spelling Bee for teaching me something new! Check out the winning words from the last 20 years and see how you measure up, dum dum.

via Slant Eye for the Round Eye and Flavorpill

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