Yiddish word is final hurdle to national spelling bee win

(JNS.org) Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old from the Bayside neighborhood in Queens, NY, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, carrying a $30,000 prize, by correctly spelling the German-derived Yiddish word “Knaidel.”

In previous spelling bee competitions, Mahankali was defeated by the German-derived words, “Jugendstil” and “schwannoma,” but this year, he said he “prepared German words and I studied them, so when I got German words this year, I wasn’t worried,” according to the New York Post.

Posted on May 31, 2013 .