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MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPELL IT! NOW FREE ONLINE

Official Scripps National Spelling Bee study booklet available at www.myspellit.com

SPRINGFIELD, MA., September, 2007 — Spell It!, the official study booklet of the Scripps National Spelling Bee created in cooperation with Merriam-Webster, has been updated for 2008 and is now available free online at www.myspellit.com—an interactive site featuring hundreds of words designed to give spellers of all ages a winning edge at home, school, or in competitions across the country. Categorized by language of origin to help students learn and remember several important rules, tips, and guidelines for successfully spelling words in English, each study word is linked to a Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary definition and audio-pronunciation. The site also features challenge words for advanced spellers as well as printable study lists.

“Myspellit.com is an indispensable learning tool for students who want to win spelling bees,” said Paige P. Kimble, Director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “It’s also ideal for teachers who desire to further their students’ understanding of the English language.”

In addition to the official National Spelling Bee list of about 700 study words, each section of Spell It! also contains stimulating activities, exercises, and fascinating facts about words and their construction. Although especially designed for National Spelling Bee hopefuls, www.myspellit.com is an ideal learning tool for anyone interested in improving spelling skills, exploring the historical significance of words, or taking a closer look at exactly how words behave in the ever-changing English language.

Along with developing the new Spell It! Web site, Merriam-Webster has been playing a major supporting role in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for half a century, donating both professional expertise and prizes on local and national levels. For more information, check out Merriam-Webster’s Spelling Bee Hive at www.Merriam-Webster.com, or visit www.Spellingbee.com—the official Web site for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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