Arrogant spelling bee competitor thinks he knows the answer, but really doesn't
Kids say the darndest things, right? Most of them haven't yet developed a filter and it's absolutely hilarious. And never are the things they say more amusing than when they are captured on TV for all of us to laugh at.
From kids expressing themselves using their, um, shall we say, colorful language (much to the unease of the responsible adults in their presence) to little ones using their wild imagination to tell a blatantly fabricated tale. Kid fails are always unintentionally entertaining - but if it wasn't captured on camera, it's like it never happened.
That's why kid-centric reality shows like spelling bees are incredible. They put the most overambitious, high-achieving kids in the most high-pressure situations they've ever experienced in their young lives - with hilarious results.
And the following clips are, without doubt, some of the most ridiculously comical moments ever captured at a spelling bee!
1. Jacob Williams thinks he knows it...
Jacob Williams, a 15-year-old home-schooled kid from Bonita Springs, Florida, has become a viral hit due to his premature spelling bee celebration. Indeed, he was asked to spell "kabaragoya" - the name of a large lizard from Southeast Asia - and he immediately shrieked with glee, "I know it! I know it! I totally know it!" Needless to say, he did not know it...
The Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist was so confident about his spelling ability that he didn't even bother asking for a definition or language of origin. However, he then proceeded the spell the word incorrectly: "c-a-b-a-r-a-g-o-y-a".
Poor kid - he couldn't believe it when the bell signifying his elimination rang!
2. "Hurling? Hairline? Herring?"
This time, another 15-year-old contestant repeatedly failed to comprehend the word he was being asked to spell. He asks again and again for the moderator to repeat the word and still doesn't get it. And I have to say, is that the moderator really does have the patience of a saint. Considering how young and ambitious the kid is, he's been a massively good sport about the whole thing.
He even posted the video, titled "The Greatest Spelling Bee Fail of All Time", on YouTube under the username itsamec9303. In a comment, he clarified why exactly it was so difficult to understand the moderator:
"This is a real spelling bee one level down from Nationals. I wasn't able to hear the word (speakers were pointed at the audience and not us spellers). Many people failed hard and one tried to copy my epic troll (wasn't trying to be just trying to figure out the word) but failed hard. This is real and was not staged. It's me failing hard."
3. Kid tries and fails to spell "idiosyncratically"
This 13-year-old struggled to spell "idiosyncratically" in the most hilariously self-deprecating way. He doesn't even begin to flatter himself with the notion that he could potentially answer it correctly.
He gives up straight away, giving the most outrageous and blatantly incorrect answer he could think of. "I-o-q-r-s-z-3-quatro-f-l-d-r-q," he said, clearly defeated. I guess you could say the way he spelled "idiosyncratically" was very, uh, idiosyncratic!
4. Kid who's never heard of the word "Negus" gives it his best shot
The kid who we have to thank for this iconic spelling bee moment is Andrew Layer who back then was a sixth-grader at Stanley Middle School. He was a finalist in the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee and he was asked to spell the word, "Negus", a royal title in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. He had never heard of the word so the pressure was on.
Lay made several requests for the moderator to repeat the word and did the same himself. He, like the "idiosyncratically" kid, felt defeated but simply spelled it how it sounded. He was pretty shocked to learn that he had indeed spelled it correctly.
Ah, high-achieving kids. They might excel in a way that most of us don't in the academic department, but one thing's for sure - they have just as many awkward fails (even if some of them turn out to be unexpected victories)!