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Lori Anne Madison, Youngest Spelling Bee Contestant, Misspells ‘Ingluvies [Video]

Lori Anne Madison, the youngest person to ever qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, was eliminated from competition today after she misspelled the word Ingluvies.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that Madison, just 6-years-old, fell four shorts point of making the semifinals at the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Madison said:

“I was really disappointed that I misspelled the word. I knew the word. It was just too bad that I misspelled the word.”

But Madison shouldn’t feel too bad about being eliminated. For one, she was the youngest person in Scripps history to qualify for the spelling bee, so chances are she’ll get a few more shots at spelling glory. And secondly, it looks like spell check can’t spell Ingluvies correctly either. Did you mean Inglewood? Ingestion? No spell check, Ingluvies.

According to The Free Dictionary, the word means the crop, or craw, of birds. The Washington Post writes its “part of some animals’ esophagus.” Regardless, Madison started the word with an “e” instead of an “i” and was eliminated from the competition.

The Huffington Post reports that only semifinalist advanced with a perfect score. 10-year-old Vanya Shivashankar spelled “debellation” and “auteur” correctly as well as all 25 scored words on Tuesday’s 50-word computer test. Shivashankar’s sister, Kavya, won the 2009 National Spelling Bee.

Here’s a video of Lori Anne Madison at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.