Origin of words
The purpose of being acquainted with the language of origin of words is to help you remember several important rules, tips and guidelines for getting the correct spelling. This study is commonly known as ‘Etymology’ and has signiﬁcant role in understanding English language more deeply. This study includes earliest known use of words, its transmission from one language to another, and its transformation in form and meaning while they are migrated.
A good speller should know the origin of words.
Learning the etymological story is quiet interesting and gives us a ‘wow’ feeling while decoding many popular words. Let’s take an example with a very common word ‘disaster’ and see how it is actually derived. In the olden times, many people believed that the inﬂuence of stars was responsible for all calamities. Evidently, the word can be related back to the Old Italian word ‘disastro’, which meants ‘unfavourable to one’s stars’. Hence the word disaster was derived to English. The word was ﬁrst seen in the late 16th century by Shakespeare used on his tragic play King Lear.
Linguistic researchers have recorded that English has borrowed words from more than 300 different languages all around the world but most of the vocabulary of the English language can be attributed to either Latin or Greek.
Scripps spelling-bee competition:
One of the most popular and the earliest version of Spelling Bee competition originated in US in the year of 1925. The purpose of the competition is to help students improve their vocabulary, learn the concepts, and promote correct English usage that will help students throughout their lives. The program takes place on two levels: local and national. Sponsors organize spelling bee programs near their locales and send their champions to the ﬁnals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C. T.
Ofﬁcial Dictionary: Merriam-Webster Unabridged, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition.
Times Spelling Bee:
Conducted in UK and is run by the British newspaper, Times. Like Scripps, the Times do have local, regional and national level competitions. Competition usually have two rounds- a knockout round and a quick-ﬁre round.
One of the Indian version of Spelling bee competition conducted by a company called Classmates.
Spelling Bee Canada SBOC (or Ontario Spelling Bee)
Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) is an educational organization that encourages youth, parents, teachers and the community at large to participate in the education process. SBOC, a not-for-profit grassroots organization, has been promoting children and youth literacy with the mission to enrich the children and
youth learning experience and engage schools and the community at large in an annual education process.
The Great Australian Spelling Bee:
It is hosted as a Television reality series on network Ten. The series is based on any other spelling bee competitions where contestants are required to spell words given by Judges which vary in their degree of difficulty.
Spelling Bee UAE:
A similar version of Scripps spelling bee is being conducted in Dubai which drags contestants all over UAE. Since the Dubai is a hub of 140 Nationals, the competition has driven students of many Nationalities which makes the competition more exposure and reach.