The Mystery Voice of the Spelling Bee

For Jacques Bailly, the official word pronouncer at the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee, enunciating isn't the hardest part of his job. He can pronounce the most difficult words without hesitation – from "appoggiatura" to "autochthonous" to "prospicience" — but Bailly says witnessing the eyes of unsuccessful spellers fill with tears isn't easy. "Watching the spellers miss a word is so hard," Bailly told during a break in his pronouncing duties. "Sometimes I feel like I'm...Full Story
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