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Guetapens

When it was spelled correctly to win the National Spelling Bee ...


When:

Lookups spiked on June 1, 2012.

Why:

14-year-old Snigdha Nandipati from San Diego spelled this word correctly to beat out 278 competitors and win the National Spelling Bee (watch it here).

Guetapens, a word that's almost never used, means "ambush" or "trap." It comes from the French word that means "to lie in wait for." It's pronounced as it would be in French, \get-uh-PAHN.

Photo credit: Mark Bowen / Scripps National Spelling Bee



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