Logodaedaly: Skill in adorning a speech; verbal legerdemain. From Greek logos (word) and daedalus (clever worker). If you recognize Daedalus, mythical father of flew-too-close-to-the-sun Icarus, go to the head of the class, you clever worker.
Logodaedaly was one of the many rare or obscure words presented to young contestants (age 8 through 15) during last week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Things got a little silly in round nine. Everyone in the ballroom had a good laugh when Mary Horton got the word “logodaedaly” (pronounced “log-a-deedle-y”), because it means arbitrary or capricious coinage of words. -- Sylvia Killingsworth, New Yorker Culture Desk blog, May 30, 2014
Mary Horton, a 13-year-old from Orlando, Florida, advanced to the finals but stumbled on aetites, “a hollow piece of clay ironstone the size of a walnut.”
For the first time since 1962, the Spelling Bee had two champions: Ansun Sujoe, 13, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathway, 14, of Painted Post, New York. (The bee ends in a tie when the final two contestants continue to spell correctly until the pronouncer runs out of available words.) The final words were feuilleton (a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader; also a short literary composition) and stichomythia (dialogue of altercation or dispute).
Trend Watch: Both "feuilleton" & "stichomythia" are spiking after the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie. http://t.co/Zj4jZETIHP— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 30, 2014
Another word to emerge from this year’s Bee isn’t yet in any dictionary. It’s spellfie, the latest variation of the extremely productive selfie.
— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) May 30, 2014
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