All the winning words from the National Spelling Bee since 1925 via Washington Post. (Surprise the kids this weekend with "Pop quiz!" Then ask them to define the words, just kidding.)
But I say, with no shame, that from about 1995 on, I'd have to guess what most of those words mean.
The winner was 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali from New York with knaidel, a type of dumpling eaten especially in Jewish households during Passover.
Among the surprises for winning words on the list:
narcolepsy (1976), staphylococci (1987), psoriasis (1982), eczema (1965),
Strange but True
promiscuous (1937), incisor (1975), gladiolus (1925)
My favorites have to be Chihuahua and insouciant.