Brian King, Colorado Springs resident and crossword enthusiast, has a way with words — specifically, how to spell them.
This morning, King made it to the fifth round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where the initial group of 274 spellers was down to just 32.
In the semifinals, beginning with round four, contestants are eliminated with the first misspelled word. King, who goes to Colorado Connections Academy in Englewood, was eliminated by his misspelling of the word "caprifig." Which is a wild fig tree. Of course.
Earlier today, King correctly spelled fräulein, meaning an unmarried woman; limitrophe, a boarding country or frontier, and musteline, a fur-bearing carnivore, such as a weasel.
If you think King had it hard, check out some of these other words that the 274 competitors have correctly spelled so far today.
brachydactylous: having abnormally short fingers or toes
rhabdomyoma: a benign tumor of striated muscle
osteomyelitis: an acute bone infection
revirescent: becoming green
gnathonic: deceitfully flattering
The spelling continues with the finals at 6 tonight on ABC.