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        Não, isso não é uma piada (quer dizer, até é, mas os americanos levam a
sério!):

        Anualmente há um concurso *nacional* do qual participam crianças de 9 a
15 anos (cerca de 250 esse ano).

        A competição consiste em ler para as criancas uma palavra esquisita e
elas terem que escrever corretamente. Quem erra é desclassificado, até
que só sobra uma: a campeã!

        Esse ano, a campeã foi Nupur Lala, de 14 anos, moradora em Tampa, Fla.
A palavra que ela acertou e que lhe deu o campeonato foi "logorrhea",
que significa, basicamente, falar demais...

        A seguir, as palavras que derrubaram os demais concorrentes:

Round One
=========

Mark Albers, 12, Reno, Nev. _ irascible
Shante Lewis, 9, Plainfield, N.J. _ homologate
Hannah Gomez, 13, Gallup, N.M. _ trypanosomiasis
Andrew Shawhan, 13, Delmar, N.Y. _ piloncillo
Katie Golden, 14, Goshen, N.Y. _ jarabe
Annette Turegano, 13, Port Jervis, N.Y. _ opprobrious
Scott Stahl, 14, Fairport, N.Y. _ gymkhana
Julianne Smithwick, 13, Lillington, N.C. _ peroration
Jeremy Eikenberry, 12, Tiltonsville, Ohio _ ichneumon
Gabrielle Maria Onder, 14, Warren, Ohio _ asyndeton
Laura Greene, 12, Ashtabula, Ohio _ nephelognosy
Nathan Bryant, 14, Bend, Ore. _ vespacide
Valerie Irwin, 13, Aston, Pa. _ solfatara
Stephen Hyslop, 12, Glenside, Pa. _ chaussure
Lora Shuliga, 14, Hamburg, Pa. _ fresnel
Chris Tyson, 12, Greencastle, Pa. _ griot
Timothy Olivieri, 14, Plains, Pa. _ phillumenist
Shannon Farrell, 13, Westerly, R.I. _ gummiferous
Nicole Marie Hepper, 14, Milbank, S.D. _ collabent
Zachary Holland Baker, 13, Parsons, Tenn. _ siphonapterology
Ricardo Cigarroa, 13, Laredo, Texas _ basmati
Joanna Mann, 12, San Angelo, Texas _ phugoid
Nicole Horn, 13, Burkburnett, Texas _ paterfamilias
Adam Nakama, 14, Lynchburg, Va. _ inquiline
Elizabeth Gill, 14, New Kent, Va. _chevelure
Charles Allen Beasley, 14, Staunton, Va. _ mesoseismal
Fallon DuPlantis, 13, Berryville, Va. _ dyscalculia
John Hunter Rogers, 12, Manassas, Va. _ atrichia
Lena Barouh, 13, Seattle, Wash. _ erubescent
Stephanie Tobin, 13, Quincy, Wash. _ jurimetrician
Clara Raubertas, 13, Charles Town, W.Va. _ sirenian
Theresa DeMasters, 12, Morgantown, W.Va. _ cabochon
Tom Lennon, 14, Jackson, Wyo. _ connoisseur
Samuel Pittman, 13, Bakersfield, Calif. _ phylliform
Amanda Wells, 14, Coarsegold, Calif. _ furfuraceous
Harsha Tummala, 13, Monterey, Calif. _ pidan
Zoe Londono, 11, Middletown, Del. _ chateaubriand
Mary Beyer, 12, Rota, Spain _ terete
Mike Bogobowicz, 13, Naples, Fla. _ megohmmeter
Angela Reyes, 14, Stuart, Fla. _ corybantic
Karli McIntyre, 13, Moscow, Idaho _ katabatic
Kelly Lyn Flessner, 12, Amboy, Ill. _ leucoryx
Michael Dechert, 11, Rock Island, Ill. _ bildungsroman
Steven Hall, 12, Galesburg, Ill. _ gigot
Kerry Paul Friedel, 13, Kampsville, Ill. _ porphyry
Paul Say, 13, Sterling, Ill. _ cioppino
Madeline Murphy, 14, Anderson, Ind. _ dolcissimo
Cody Pagels, 12, Michigan City, Ind. _ hemeralopia
Erin Kischuk, 11, Muncie, Ind. _ buran
Laura Stump, 14, Maysville, Ky. _ gorget
Sarah Matz, 12, Moss Bluff, La. _ charango
Holly Wiese, 13, West Monroe, La. _ saccadic
Tobias Russell, 13, Annapolis, Md. _ palaver
Jenny Kreiger, 12, Cresaptown, Md. _ canitist
Ashley Marie Smith, 13, Williamsport, Md. _ deuteragonist
Bobby Ray Martin, 12, Pittsville, Md. _ argillaceous
Erica Mudd, 14, LaPlata, Md. _ cruciverbalist
Melissa Lee, 11, Lynnfield, Mass. _ hamate
Sophia Nora Giordano, 12, Williamstown, Mass. _ gnathic
Jason Johnson, 13, Vestaburg, Mich. _ aretalogy
Marcus Urka, 15, Scottville, Mich. _ vorago
Aaron Jennings, 14, Stanberry, Mo. _ pultaceous
___

Round Two
=========

Kyle Trujillo, 9, Tuba City, Ariz. _ sousaphone
Andrew Larson, 11, Oswego, N.Y. _ suffocate
Sonia Nagala, 14, Oakes, N.D. _ pericardium
Adam Herring, 14, Roebuck, S.C. _ inseparably
Erin Stewart, 13, Springfield, Tenn. _ porcinely
Jake Raju, 12, Dallas, Texas _ abnegation
Jacob Chowpaknam, 10, Lubbock, Texas _ argosy
Jesse Darby, 10, Normantown, W.Va. _ suture
Ethan Miller, 14, Hedgesville, W.Va. _erroneously
Kelsey Swaim, 10, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. _ vindicate
Matthew Nelson, 11, Montgomery, Ala. _ embargo
Deshea Morley, 13, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas _ woebegone
Ashley Rowbury, 13, Driggs, Idaho _ nurturance
Marjorie Boivin, 12, Marion, Ind. _ Presbyterian
Katie Morrison, 12, Zionsville, Ind. _ mugwump
Rohit Parulkar, 12, Topeka, Kan. _ fanaticism
Eric Herman, 12, Oak Bluffs, Mass. _ insuppressible
Matthew Watkins, 13, Concord, Mich. _ palatially
Ted Brigham, 13, Stoutland, Mo. _ distractible
___

Round Three
===========

Hayley Newcombe, 13, Keene, N.H. _ recognizance
Jane Hur, 12, Burlington, N.J. _ acerbity
Aaron Wiener, 13, Princeton, N.J. _ streptomycin
Erin Abreu, 14, Las Vegas, N.M. _ laureateship
William Dunn, 14, Clovis, N.M. _ eiderdown
Nancy Nguyen, 13, Kenmore, N.Y. _ aphasia
Emily Cole, 11, Boiceville, N.Y. _ potable
Herswin Raj, 13, Bronx, N.Y. _ couture
Carla Izzo, 12, East Syracuse, N.Y. _ heliciform
John Ward, 14, Shelby, N.C. _ acanthus
Jarrod Howard, 13, Lucama, N.C. _ inquisitor
Kristen Davis, 12, Stuart, Va. _ pomeridian
Dawn Schlabach, 13, Kidron, Ohio _ timorously
Chelsea Foran, 13, Tuscarawas, Ohio _ quintessence
Courtney Christine Kaylor, 12, Hamilton, Ohio _ macadam
Kavita Krishnasamy, 13, Pickerington, Ohio _shallot
Vinay Krupadev, 14, Marietta, Ohio _ yenta
Mike Ondrick, 13, Belmont, Ohio _ styptic
Lindsay Gregory, 14, Lisbon, Ohio _ orofacial
Brian Reitz, 13, Enid, Okla. _ adenoidal
Kristen Ambersley, 13, Philadelphia, Pa. _ asymptote
Dave DiLorenzo, 13, Orwigsburg, Pa. _ magistracy
Mallory Hafer, 12, Athens, Pa. _ rapport
Kathleen Burke, 13, Stroudsburg, Pa. _ toluene
Camilla Naomi Gersh, 14, San Juan, Puerto Rico _ incommensurate
Dustin Liam, 12, North Charleston, S.C. _ enculturate
Jarrett Calder, 14, Myrtle Beach, S.C. _ epitomize
Angela Shears, 13, LaFollette, Tenn. _ sinecure
Angela Arenivar, 14, Perryton, Texas _ heleoplankton
Leo Chris Romero, 14, El Paso, Texas _ diocese
Brian Mason, 10, Fort Worth, Texas _brannigan
Dorothy Rose Owens, 12, Weslaco, Texas _ cadre
Karthik Ramanathan, 11, Odessa, Texas _ palisado
Brittany Stephens, 14, Port Orchard, Wash. _ Neapolitan
Jana Howard, 14, Burlington, Wash. _ contrariety
Whitney Holcomb, 12, Cedarburg, Wis. _ gutturalize
Meredith Thatcher, 12, Anchorage, Alaska _ fomentation
Claire Matthews, 14, Fairbanks, Alaska _ cassock
Ya-Nee Tiffany Lin, 13, Pago Pago, American Somoa _ desacralize
Leslie Crain, 14, Conway, Ark. _ pansit
Michael Yeranosian, 14, Canoga Park, Calif. _ supercilious
Erin Hanggee, 12, Cottonwood, Calif. _ fibrillation
Ashley White, 13, Washington, D.C. _ ecclesiastical
Amelia Schmidt, 13, Jacksonville, Fla. _ collocate
Alexandra Flores, 13, Milton, Fla. _ insatiate
Alex Olsen, 11, Tallahassee, Fla. _ auricular
Benjamin Locklair, 14, Grovetown, Ga. _ annularity
Dean Lee Dieker, 13, Clinton, Ill. _ panoply
Natasha Sharma, 14, River Forest, Ill. _ viticulture
Marilyn Nguyen, 12, Bourbonnais, Ill. _ kestrel
Jillian Johnson, 13, Quincy, Ill. _ rheostat
Morgan Stankey, 12, Evansville, Ind. _ worsted
Andy Cherolis, 10, Carmel, Ind. _ pantisocracy
Leah Fey, 14, Fort Wayne, Ind. _ intercalate
Ashwin Rao, 13, Metairie, La. _ arboret
Julian Spiegler, 12, Helen, Md. _ osmoscope
Maria Soo Picone, 12, Leominster, Mass. _ cravat
Thomas Michaud, 12, Dracut, Mass. _ auk
Samantha Porter, 12, Methuen, Mass. _ bestiary
Kara Hadge, 13, Dedham, Mass. _ gelid
Michael Johnson, 14, Calumet, Mich. _ denigration
Andrea Morrison, 14, North Branch, Mich. _ baccalaureate
Kelsey Zill, 13, Frankenmuth, Mich. _ myotonia
Elizabeth Wood, 13, Kansas City, Mo. _ adjudication
___

Round Four
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Harry Altman, 12, Glen Rock, N.J. _ banns
George Schaertl, 11, Shortsville, N.Y. _ seta
Tessa Williams, 14, Mayfield, N.Y. _ toucanet
Jay Patel, 12, Sayville, N.Y. _ laparotomy
Edmund Gillett III, 14, Brooklyn, N.Y. _ pellucidity
Justin Balletta, 12, Matthews, N.C. _ sashimi
Sarah Sinnett, 13, Powellsville, N.C. _ sidereal
Dan Joslyn, 14, North Olmsted, Ohio _ revictualment
Ben Proshek, 14, Monclova, Ohio _ patulous
Allen Beaver, 14, Checotah, Okla. _ amertoy
Bryce Cooney, 12, Lancaster, Pa. _ caritative
Sarah Doyle, 14, Chattanooga, Tenn. _ metanoia
Daniel Glass, 14, Starkville, Miss. _tattersall
Colin Stuart, 14, Rolapudi, 12, Walnut Creek, Calif. _ Yarborough
Brad Feldman, 14, Los Banos, Calif. _elysium
Sapna Padmanabhan, 14, Palm Desert, Calif. _ strychnine
Emily Han, 11, Sacramento, Calif. _ landau
Victoria Ho, 12, Thousand Oaks, Calif. _ bowdlerize
Garrett Jimenez, 13, Broomfield, Colo. _ beelzebub
Carolyn Murphy, 13, Rockville, Md. _ dirndl
Russell Torres, 13, Miami, Fla. _ mien
Zachary Rosenthal, 12, Maitland, Fla. _ miscible
Julie LeCleir, 14, Danville, Ill. _ peccadillo
Michael Velcich, 14, Chicago, Ill. _ subito
Brent Covele, 14, Greenwood, Ind. _ desuetude
Joy Nyenhuis, 13, West Lafayette, Ind. _farina
Cari Elizabeth Carson, 12, Mishawaka, Ind. _telesis
Kyra Davies, 13, Lexington, Ky. _ roleo
Elizabeth Landreneau, 13, Alexandria, La. _ aneroid
Justin Wesolowski, 13, Darlington, Md. _ metastasize
Hannah Krug, 14, Owings, Md. _ harridan
Zamantha Rosas Soto, 15, Zapopan Jalisco, Mexico _ embrasure
Allyson Lieberman, 10, Ann Arbor, Mich. _ purblind
Geoff Misek, 13, Goodrich, Mich. _ muumuu
Miranda Veenhuysen, 14, Grand Haven, Mich. _ afflatus
Jeff Walden, 12, Walled Lake, Mich. _ andragogy
Matthew Ferrier, 14, Stevensville, Mich. _ brouhaha
Jacob Norton, 12, Traverse City, Mich. _ threnody
Samantha Pettit, 14, Vancleave, Miss. _ ochlophobia
Heidi Greimann, 13, Columbia, Mo. _ ingenue
Cecilia Scott, 11, Springfield, Mo. _ dulcet
Ann Mary Olson, 13, Wolf Point, Mont. _ aquarellist
Evan Kubota, 13, Gainesville, Fla. _ vaward
___

Round Five
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Melissa Rogers, 13, Wildwood Crest, N.J. _ larmoyant
Dipal Shah, 12, West New York, N.J. _ pochette
Julian Grybowski, 14, Clayton, N.Y. _ barouche
David Hadaway, 13, Amherst, Ohio _ hauberk
Megan McFall, 13, West Farmington, Ohio _ apolaustic
Timothy Higgins, 14, Bethlehem, Pa. _ inconcinnity
Michael Hartwell, 12, Middletown, Pa. _ grallatorial
David Beihl, 13, Saluda, S.C. _ bariolage
Elise West, 13, Memphis, Tenn. _ myriacanthous
Kayla Lyssy, 12, Abilene, Texas _ accouchement
Kristina Rodriguez, 14, Brownsville, Texas _ cedilla
Chieu Vu Nguyen, 13, Klein, Texas _ shirring
Stacey Moore, 14, Midland, Texas _ excursus
Kristin Hawkins, 11, Sterling, Va. _ vidimus
Sadie Martin, 13, Vista, Calif. _ littoral
Siena Koncsol, 13, Davie, Fla. _ affenpinscher
Anisha Kshetrapal, 11, Fort Myers, Fla. _ catafalque
Josef Braga, 14, Wellington, Fla. _ traineau
Yan Zhong, 13, Vero Beach, Fla. _ pergelisol
Kyle Thomason, 14, Stockbridge, Ga. _ doublure
Matthew Jachowski, 14, Makawao, Hawaii _ Tammanyism
Daniel Albrecht, 13, Clinton, Ind. _ jacquard
Alison Stone, 14, Sioux City, Iowa _ enatic
Joel Smith, 12, Galena, Ill. _ torrone
Callie Jamar, 12, Shreveport, La. _ ranunculus
Greg Thaler, 14, Yarmouth, Maine _ caitiff
Erica Wade, 13, Hamilton, Mich. _ toile
Emily Parker, 14, St. Paul, Minn. _ pfeffernuss
___

Round Six
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Richard Tapnio, 14, Lincroft, N.J. _ novercal
Sarah Boyce, 13, Belmont, N.C. _ cossette
Brian Buckley, 13, West Milton, Ohio _ curtilage
Marissa Toma, 13, Bridgeville, Pa. _ audace
Ted Jeon, 14, Berwyn, Pa. _ microphakia
Neil Kadakia, 12, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. _ hellebore
Sean Conley, 11, Newark, Calif. _ coreopsis
Adam Naito, 14, Littleton, Colo. _ beignet
Edwin Chen, 11, Crystal River, Fla. _ timbale
Jason Espiritu, 13, Tamuning, Guam _ eristic
Greg Touney, 14, Decatur, Ill. _ rayonnant
Angela Smiley, 13, Kokomo, Ind. _ cucurbit
Kristin Sargeant, 13, Bellevue, Neb. _ staurolatry
___

Round Seven
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Frances Taschuk, 11, Hillsborough, N.C. _ acoelous
Ann Foley, 13, Marion, Ohio _ quinquevir
Emily Stagg, 14, New Haven, Conn. _ clavecin
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Round Eight
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No one eliminated.
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Round Nine
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Afra Ullah, 12, Haines City, Fla. _ portulaca
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Round Ten
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April DeGideo, 13, Ambler, Pa. _ terrene
George Abraham Thampy, 11, Maryland Heights, Mo. _ kirtle
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Round Eleven
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David Lewandowski, 14, Schererville, Ind. _ opsimath


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