A contestant in the final stages of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition failed to spell “bewusstseinslage” correctly. I don’t know whether to bawl or weep.
That a young citizen of these United States speaking this American language should stumble over the spelling of “bewusstseinslage” is a sad statement on the state of our schools.
I Googled “bewusstseinslage” merely to confirm its middle-school-obvious meaning: “a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components.”
Goodness, I live daily in (with?) bewusstseinslage — don’t we all? “Bewusstseinslage” has been the name of my state since forever. I’ve literally wallowed in bewusstseinslage for a coon’s age.
No idea why “bewusstseinslage” escapes a so-called spelling wizard, BUTT: Let’s hope our schools get serious on how to right rilly useful werds like “covfefe .”
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