National Spelling Bee smacks down a Twitter troll with one word

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — An internet troll found out the hard way that the kids on stage aren’t the only people who can spell at the National Spelling Bee.

During Thursday’s competition, a Twitter user criticized the spelling bee for having a “comfort couch” for competitors to calm down after they were eliminated.

Spelling bee troll“Unsure of why the national spelling bee has a “comfort couch” you [expletive] lost suck it up quit teaching kids it’s okay to loose [sic].”

It’s a mean way to talk about elementary and middle school students, who have to be 15 or younger to compete, but that’s not the only problem with the¬†tweet.

The eagle-eyed folks who run the National Spelling Bee’s Twitter account corrected the author’s spelling in a one word reply: “*lose.”

Keep in mind, Nihar Janga, 11, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, had to spell the words “gesellschaft” and “Feldenkrais” to win the competition.

Eighth-grader Sylvie Lamontagne of Lakewood finished fourth.

The tweet has been deleted and the Twitter user apparently deleted the¬†account, but that didn’t keep social media users from having fun.

The @ScrippsBee account joked back and forth with viewers throughout the event, but most of the interactions were much more lighthearted.

The moral of the story: Taking on the National Spelling Bee on Twitter is a loosing, or rather a losing, proposition.

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