(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:
- the Christian fellowship or body of believers
- 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
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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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