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.
“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.