Why Are Protesters at the National Spelling Bee?

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Rahul Malayappan, 10, (L) and Brian King, 13, stretch during the 2010 National Spelling Bee in Washington June 4, 2010.

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File under bizarre, but true.

A quartet of protesters at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington are protesting the difficultly of the English language and its non-phonetically-friendly terms. They argue words should be spelled the way they sound. Like “you” should be “yoo.” And “said” should be “sed.” Either it’s a battle several centuries too late, or it’s a straight-up play for attention. Either way: u-n-l-i-k-e-l-y. (via The Washington Post)