knaidelFrom Mrs. Wex:

When Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word “knaidel”, the celebration I had anticipated never materialized. I envisaged universal excitement at the fact that a Yiddish word was partly responsible for earning a kid $30,000. Instead my Facebook feed was filled with angry Yiddishists arguing about the spelling of this transliterated word.

Within an hour of opening my laptop Wex was contacted via the website and asked to appear on the NPR show All Things Considered to discuss the fallout from the competition. These are the results: