Posts Tagged ‘spelling’

Mazel Tov, Arvind Mahankali!

June 2, 2013

Mazel Tov, Arvind Mahankali!
Last Thursday the Scripps National Spelling Bee was won by 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali when he successfully spelled “knaidel,” a word for “matzoh ball.” Surprised a young man with an Indian name can spell a Yiddish-derived word? Kid’s from Queens, fahcryinoutloud! As Lenny Bruce said, “If you live in New York … you are Jewish.”

But you think any aspect of Jewish-American culture is without controversy, especially in New York City? Fuggetaboutit.


The Winner: M-u-r-k-o-w-s-k-i

November 18, 2010

 The Winner: M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I

Incumbent Lisa Murkowski has been declared the winner of Alaska’s senatorial election after a week of ballot counting. She is the first U.S. Senate candidate in over 50 years to win a write-in campaign.

The senator’s opponent, Tea Party idol Joe Miller, tried to turn the election into a spelling bee. He asked the federal court to throw out write-in ballots with slight variations of the senator’s name. The court declined to do so.

The name of the U.S. district court judge who ruled on the spelling issue: Ralph Best Biest Beistline.


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