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Ep. 9 - Dr. Jacques Bailly

Updated: Jun 24

"People think that there’s so much pressure on these kids. But you wouldn’t believe the joy when they hear that they’re going to get on tv. People think that’s pressure, but no, that is a reward for them."

A classics professor at the University of Vermont, Dr. Jacques Bailly serves as the pronouncer at the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. A former champion speller himself, Dr. Bailly explains what goes into his role at the event, from introducing the words to supplying additional information such as definitions and language of origin to helping put the spellers at east to allow them to enjoy the event. In this episode, Dr. Bailly explains how the supplemental information he can provide helps the spellers, how much the spellers are supportive of each other and he will share a number of words that were fascinating to learn.

(Photos by Mark Bowen/Scripps National Spelling Bee)


Below are Show Notes for Dr. Jacques Bailly


Dr. Jacques Bailly

What Does a Spelling Be Pronouncer Do?, Merriam Webster

Scripps National Spelling Bee 

90 Years of Winning Words (Video)


Elucubrate

Lucubrate

Glitch

1980 Runner up Paige (Pipken) Kimble is today Executive Director of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Alex Cameron

Dr. Brian Sietsema profile in NY Times (1993)

Accomodate

Numnah 

Numnah used in 2008 Spelling Bee 

Fuchsia 

Kennyi Aouad

Sardoodledom 

French playwright Victorien Sardou

Sardoodledom used in 2007 Spelling Bee 

Sforzando 

Savoir faire 

Konnen 

Fondue 

Schwa

Importance of schwa with Dr. Bailly and Dr. Seitsema (Video)

Connoisseur 

University of Vermont Department of Classics 

After 16 years, backup spelling bee pronouncer gets his shot, Associated Press 

List of English words with Hawaiian origin, Wikipedia  

Humuhumunukunukuapua’a 

List of German expressions in English, Wikipedia 

Sprachgefühl 

Weltanschauung

List of English words of Afrikaans origin, Wikipedia 

Akeelah and the Bee 

Laurence Fishburne 

Spellbound 

Taoiseach 

Dr. Bailly on Wikipedia 

SET PIECES

The Economist 

The Week

Aeon Magazine

JSTOR

Ann Leckie 

Wikipedia

Sanskrit

Old Norse

Wiktionary

Encyclopedia Brittanica

Marcus Aurelius Mediations

Epictetus 

Chrysippus 

Cleanthes 

Zeno 

A New Stoicism by Lawrence Becker

The Stoic Life by Tad Brennan

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Never Have I Ever

One Punch Man

Haikyu!! 

Rookwood Pottery

New Bee trophy, Cincinnati Enquirer

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