Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions
1. Read carefully the Judges, Recorders, Spellers and Audiences information that is
included in the Scripps pronouncers’ guide.
2. Familiarize yourself with all words on the confidential word list. Pronunciation is
important. A meeting with the judges to insure pronunciation of words and
procedures will be scheduled prior to the Bee beginning.
3. Speak clearly for contestants, judges and audience alike. Grant all requests to
repeat a word until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear
to the speller. You may request the speller to speak more clearly or louder.
4. “Pace” yourself. You need time to focus attention on the pronunciation of the new
word and the judges need a few moments between each contestant to do their
1. Each speller needs to focus on the Pronouncer, to aid his or her hearing and
understanding of the context of the word. A speller may ask for the word to be
repeated, for its use in a sentence, for a definition, for the part of speech, and for
the language of origin.
2. Each speller should pronounce the word before and after spelling it. If the speller
fails to pronounce the word after spelling it, the judge may ask if they are finished.
If they say yes, the judge will remind the speller to remember to repeat the word
the next time. (No speller will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.)
3. When a speller is at the podium spelling, the next speller should be standing at a
marked location ready to proceed to the podium.
Grok may be the only English word that derives from Martian. Yes, we do mean the language of the planet Mars. No, we're not getting spacey; we've just ventured into the realm of science fiction. Grok was introduced in Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. The book's main character, Valentine Michael Smith, is a Martian-raised human who comes to earth as an adult, bringing with him words from his native tongue and a unique perspective on the strange ways of earthlings. Grok was quickly adopted by the youth culture of America and has since peppered the vernacular of those who grok it.