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Monday, 5 June 2006

when the most dramatic moment at the National Scripps Spelling Bee hinged on the correct spelling of the word ‘hechsher.’

Apparently, 14 year-old Saryn Hooks from North Carolina spelled it ‘hechsher’ while the judges believed the correct spelling to be ‘hechscher.’ I guess no one told them that unless one is firmly entrenched in the world of academia, transliterating a word from Hebrew into English usually involves several options.

Good thing that the word wasn’t ‘chanukah!’

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