Microsoft Word vs. Spelling Bee champions 2014

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Microsoft Word does badly against the National Spelling Bee joint champions.

The Scripps US National Spelling Bee is over for another year with unprecedented joint winners Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe. Congratulations to both winners who were commendably gracious while sharing the trophy.

Like last year, we were interested in seeing how the spell-check dictionaries supplied with Microsoft Word would cope with the words correctly spelled by these amazing people. Word did better than in 2013 but still would have failed long before the final rounds.

Here’s how the list appears in Word 2013 with the US or UK English dictionaries for spell-checking.

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Only one word ‘Buddha’ immediately came up as correctly spelled. Eight other words had blue squiggly lines when in all lower case letters. We right-clicked on each of these and selected the Capital case suggested alternative (e.g. Cahier or Chalybeate) to get the error cleared.

There were no differences in the results between US English and UK English dictionaries, as you can see. The Australian English dictionary had one different result – plumbeous was identified as a correct spelling right away. Not sure why that is, since plumbeous isn’t in common usage down under.

Here’s the plain word list, compiled from the final round results for the joint winners.

Aeschylean

antigropelos

augenphilologie

Backstein

bagwyn

Buddha

Cahier

carabao

Chalybeate

Characin

corpsbruder

criollismo

croquignole

ctenoid

dactylion

détraqué

Encaenia

encastage

favus

feijoada

Feuilleton

gemeinschaft

hexerei

holluschick

Hyblaean

lamentabile

laulau

lotophagi

nocifensor

Ormolu

oxygnathous

paixtle

plumbeous

Quatrefoil

sdrucciola

semmel

skandhas

Stichomythia

terreplein

thymelici


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