13-Year-Old Wins National Spelling Bee On Word ‘Knaidel’

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After coming in third place the past two years, 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night on the word “knaidel,” a German-derived Yiddish word that means matzo ball. What do you think?

“I bet that kid is really annoying to text with.”

Hector Zacapa • Fitting Room Supervisor

“Fuck. I put all my money on Vanya Shivashankar.”

Stan MacKinnon • Casing Packer


“I’m not impressed. Once you find out it’s a German-derived Yiddish word, it’s clear as day how to spell it.”

Judy Dabe • Systems Analyst