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Lori Anne Madison has just become the youngest speller eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
I consider myself a pretty good speller. My rule is pretty much: if I don't know how to spell something...I don't spell it. I also enjoy finding misspellings on signs. I remember driving by a restaurant in a small Kansas town and the sign on the window talked about their "Stake Dinner Special." Here's a link to some examples of what I'm talking about:
Another good rule of thumb: if you're not a good speller, don't point it out proudly. There was a guy I worked with at another radio station and we were at a nightclub remote one night when I saw a poster on the wall promoting a band that was coming to the club in a couple of weeks. The poster said this particular band would be "In Concret." I looked at it, laughed and said to this guy: "hey check that out!" He looked at it and said: "what about it?" "The word concert is spelled wrong." I replied. He looked me right in the eye and said with not a hint of shame: "I got an "F" in spelling in the 6th grade, after that I just said f*** it!" To this day that is one of my favorite quotes of all time!!