It’s the desi elders who dream of the Spelling Bee wreath.
As they cajole their young daughters, sons or in-betweens with lusty exhortations to glory, these desis from Mayavaram and Mathura, Ranchi and Rewa, Gulbarga and Gorakhpur, Nagpur and Noida refuse to abandon the fantasy of the Spelling Bee wreath aloft the heads of their ugly little spawns.
As they behold Mirle Shivashankar, arms raised and an asinine smile on his grotesque face, basking in the glory of daughter Kavya’s victory in 2009, these simpering simpletons of Sethiathope fancy themselves on the same Washington DC stage with their little shaitans in 2011, 2012 or 2013.
It’s for these malodorous desis possessed by the Spelling Bee devil that we recommend the following indispensable books:
* The Bibliophile’s Dictionary by Miles Westley
* The Gilded Tongue by Rod L.Evans
* All About Words: An adult Approach to Vocabulary Building by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris Rosenblum
* And of course a decent dictionary.
By the way, Kavya’s winning word Laodicean meaning ‘indifferent in religion or politics’ is on P.77 of Evans’ Gilded Tongue.