For The Spell Of It

A spelling bee for adults! November 24 at 7pm

Think you have what it takes? Register to compete and prove it! 

Practice Words

Vinaigrette (vin-uh-gret) - a small, ornamental bottle or box for holding aromatic vinegar, smelling salts, or the like

  • She clasped her vinaigrette tightly in her palm to contain her swoon at the news.

Bourgeoisie (boor-zhwah-zee) - the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values

  • The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. (Vladimir Lenin)

Narcolepsy (nahr-kuh-lep-see) - a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.

  • If the cells' activity decreases, narcolepsy or sudden sleepiness, is the result.

Logorrhea (law-guh-ree-uh) - pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech; incessant or compulsive talkativeness

  • Obviously, the publisher saw a one-time author with severe logorrhea problems.

Playwright (pley-rahyt) - a writer of plays; dramatist.

  • That's what makes this a forum and not a play of which you are the playwright.

Rhythm (rith-uhm) - movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like.

  • Certain kinds of music, such as blues or marches, have a very characteristic rhythm.

Siege (seej) - any prolonged or persistent effort to overcome resistance

  • One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph. (Virginia Woolf)

Seize (seez) - to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp

  • If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. (Julius Caesar)

Sacrilegious (sak-ruh-lij-uhs) - pertaining to or involving the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred.

  • A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy. (Marian Anderson)


The list of words has been compiled and includes a definition and a sentence highlighting the use of each word.

We will explain each round as it begins.

However, there are a few rules that will apply to the entire night:

  • No speller or audience member may shout out answers, whisper prompts, or use any phone, book, or computer for the duration of the spelling bee.
  • Good sportsmanship is expected from all spellers and audience members!
  • The decisions of the judges are final.


  • The number each speller was given at registration determines spelling order.
  • When it is your turn to spell, please approach the microphone. The host will pronounce the word you must spell.
  • The speller may ask for the word’s definition, ask for the word to be used in a sentence, and ask to use a one-time “Lifeline.”
  • At any time during spelling, the speller may stop and repeat the letters they have given. They may not change the letters they have already said aloud, or change the sequence of letters without being eliminated from the competition.
  • If the speller correctly spells the word, they will return to their seat on the stage.
  • If the speller does not correctly spell the word, they must leave the stage quietly and sit down in the audience.
  • Eliminated spellers will submit half of their ticket to be entered in our door prize raffle on their way to their seat in the audience.


If the speller does not know how to spell a word, they may use their “Lifeline.” When this happens, members of the audience will be asked to raise their ticket if they believe they can spell the word correctly. The host will choose an audience member to spell the word. The audience member will join the speller at the microphone and will spell the word. The participant will decide whether to accept this spelling or attempt to spell the word. The audience member will submit half of their ticket to be entered in our door prize raffle whether or not the word was correctly spelled.


  • At 9:15 we enter the Elimination Round, no matter how many spellers remain.
  • The rules are the SAME as for the Traditional Spelling Bee, but there are NO lifelines and the words are much more difficult!


  • The final two spellers must eliminate one another.
  • If the first speller cannot spell the word, then the second speller tries. If they are correct, they are given the next word. If they spell that correctly, they are the winner!
  • If the second speller fails to spell either word correctly, the first speller is given a new word.
  • The winner is the person who spells two words correctly.


If you haven't already, don't forget to register for the spelling bee here!

For The Spell Of It