Stretch your vocabulary with the Scripps National Spelling Bee and Microsoft

For lovers of language, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is a dream come true, full of words like elegiacal, interlocutory and antediluvian. (All past winning Bee words, if you were wondering.) And, as you can see, spellcheck doesn’t always pick up those tongue twisters.

Microsoft is a technology partner of this year’s Bee. As part of the Bing in the Classroom program, special digital literacy-focused Spelling Bee lessons can be found alongside the Bing home page lesson plans. You can also try out the free Spelling Bees app, exclusively for Windows 8.

There are more than 5,000 Bing queries a day that start with “how to spell” and an entire team at Bing devoted to the many misspellings people make when they search. Their reports show that the most searched word when it comes to “how to spell” queries isn’t even a real word (but don’t tell fans of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” that): “supercalifragilistic.” The most common real word query is “How to spell acknowledgement.”

Bing’s reports also show that Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus both have 192 recognized search spelling variations, while ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger only has 37. YouTube clocks in with the most variations at 4,155.

Read more about Bing and the Spelling Bee – and check out other words that have appeared in the Bee in the past – on the Bing Search Blog. Also, head over to the Microsoft in Education blog to get more Bee buzz – including how every participant received a new Surface device (as you can see in the image above)!

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff