Bees: A Spelling Quiz

Think you can spell with the best of them? Below are ten winning words from past Scripps National Spelling Bees. Can you tell which variation is spelled correctly?



When you're done, head over to the mental_floss blog and tell us which word spelled your downfall back in your bee days.

1 of 10
"A yellow discoloration of the skin." (1995)
xanthosis
zanthosis
xanthesis
2 of 10
"A parent language, especially one reconstructed from the evidence of later languages." (2006)
Yursprache
Ursprache
Irsprach
3 of 10
"A melodic tone." (2005)
Appogiatura
Apoggiatura
Appoggiatura
4 of 10
"Foresight." (2002)
Prospiscience
Prospicience
Prospiciance
5 of 10
"One that comes next, after, or replaces another in an office position or role." (2001)
Succedaneum
Suckedanium
Suchedaneum
6 of 10
"A step or maneuver." (2000)
Demarsch
Dimarche
Demarche
7 of 10
"Excessive talkativeness." (1999)
Logorrhea
Logorhea
Logorhia
8 of 10
"An artist who works with the arrangement of light and dark parts in a pictorial work." (1998)
Chyroscurist
Chiaroscurist
Charoscurist
9 of 10
"The practice of burying someone alive." (1996)
vivisepture
vivisephulture
vivisepulture
10 of 10
"A small forceps for clamping a blood vessel." (2007)
Serrefine
Sierrafine
Serafine