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Learn some words: koinonia, bewusstseinslage and more from the National Spelling Bee

Learn some words: koinonia, bewusstseinslage and more from the National Spelling Bee
Posted at 11:02 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 19:45:51-04

(RNN) - Karthik Nemmani, a 14-year-old eighth grader from McKinney, TX, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

Karthik's winning word was koinonia. What's it mean? According to Merriam-Webster:

  1. the Christian fellowship or body of believers
  2. intimate spiritual communion and participative sharing in a common religious commitment and spiritual community - the koinonia of the disciples with each other and with their Lord

He also had to spell haecceitas (the plural of haecceity, "the status of being an individual or a particular nature") to edge out Naysa Modi, a seventh-grade girl also from Texas.

She tripped up on bewusstseinslage. Back to Merriam-Webster:

a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components

Here are some other words that eliminated kids late in the competition:

  • Aalii, which eliminated fifth-grader Abhijay Kodali: a hopbush
  • Philonium, which eliminated  eighth-grader Jashun Paluru: an ancient remedy for colic containing opium, saffron, euphorbium, henbane, spikenard, and honey
  • Gelinotte, which eliminated sixth-grader Navneeth Murali: a hazel hen
  • Cento, which eliminated eighth-grader Sravanth Malla: a literary work made up of parts from other works
  • Fourrier, which eliminated eighth-grader Paul Hamrick: one that goes before
  • Perduellion, which eliminated seventh-grader Aisha Randhawa: treason

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