Winning words in National Spelling Bee going back to 1925


Jacob Williamson of Cape Coral, Fla., celebrates after learning he made the final round of the National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

It’s National Spelling Bee time again, and some Post colleagues put together a great graphic that tests your ability to spell, here. Below is a selected list of words that won the bee in various years going back to the first one in 1925. You can see the entire list here.

2013 – knaidel

2012 – guetapens

2011 — cymotrichous

2010 — stromuhr

2009 — Laodicean

2008 — guerdon

2007 — serrefine

2006 — Ursprache

2005 — appoggiatura

2004 — autochthonous

2003 — pococurante

2002 — prospicience

2001 — succedaneum

2000 — demarche

1998 — chiaroscurist

1995 — xanthosis

1993 — kamikaze

1990 — fibranne

1987 — staphylococci

1985 — milieu

1982 — psoriasis

1980 — elucubrate

1976 — narcolepsy

1975 — incisor

1974 — hydrophyte

1970 — croissant

1967 — Chihuahua

1965 — eczema

1962 — esquamulose

1960 — eudaemonic

1955 — crustaceology

1951 — insouciant

1950 — meticulosity

1948 — psychiatry

1945 — (no bee was held)

1942 — sacrilegious

1940 — therapy

1937 — promiscuous

1935 — intelligible

1932 — knack

1930 — fracas

1929 — asceticism

1925 — gladiolus

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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