So, my obsession last night was the National Spelling Bee. I really could have cared less about this business until I saw Spellbound a few years ago and found it to be literally the most suspenseful movie I had ever seen. (In other news, the book Bee Season was not compelling re: spelling bees and actually sort of disturbed me at how bad and odd it became at the end, but it does have an excellent cover. Well, not the movie tie-in cover...did anyone see that movie? I didn't. I mean, I would be curious as to how they incorporated the Hare Krishnas and the obsessive kaliedoscope storage closet, but, really, that's only going to lead to bad film making as it led to bad book writing. Can you imagine the response I would have to write in a workshop? It would be something insane like, "Myla--I really dug the beginning of your novel. I was totally drawn in by the characters and the spelling bee situation. I was a LITTLE freaked out by the fact that there was a character with my name, but whatever, that's my own problem. Thought things got a LITTLE bizarre toward the end what with the freaky storage closet and the religious cultism, but overall, was drawn in." That might be a little nice, but that's the kind of response I guess I would write. Maybe I'm out of practice as I haven't written a workshop response in OVER A MONTH.)
Ok, back to the issue at hand. The thing about the words in ye olde spelling bee is that when they get in the final rounds, they (the words, but also, possibly, the kids) are totally ridiculous. Like, seriously, these are words that shouldn't even exist. Like the word that meant the shadow that is created by sunlight through dew around a person's head? That is NOT A WORD. That is ridiculous. The fact that there is a word for that is just insane.
Anyway, in this vein, my favorite word from last night was recrementitious which essentially means: words that have no meaning. So, it's funny that it's thrown in there among all those meaningless words.
Regardless, all of those poor children, who I'm sure will be all screwed up for years to come because of this atrocious experience, should be commended for providing us all with bizarre entertainment.