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National Spelling Bee points out Twitter troll’s spelling error, then misspells ‘spelling’

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Posted at 9:26 AM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 15:00:31-04

The National Spelling Bee misspelled the word “spelling” on its Twitter account minutes after calling out an Internet troll over another misspelling.

During Thursday’s competition, a Twitter user criticized the spelling bee for having a “comfort couch” for competitors to calm down after they were eliminated.

Spelling bee troll“Unsure of why the national spelling bee has a “comfort couch” you [expletive] lost suck it up quit teaching kids it’s okay to loose [sic].”

It’s a mean way to talk about elementary and middle school students, who have to be 15 or younger to compete, but that’s not the only problem with this tweet.

The eagle-eyed folks who run the National Spelling Bee’s Twitter account corrected the author’s spelling in a one word reply: “lose.”

Keep in mind, Nihar Janga, 11, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, had to spell the words “gesellschaft” and “Feldenkrais” to win the competition.

The tweet has been deleted and the Twitter user apparently deleted his account, but that didn’t keep the Internet from having fun at his expense.

The @ScrippsBee account joked back and forth with viewers throughout the event, but most of the interactions were much more lighthearted.

Eight minutes after replying to Twitter use @kchapman_88, the National Spelling Bee made a spelling error of its own:speling-bee

Yes, the National Spelling Bee’s Twitter account misspelled the word “spelling” in the #SpellingBee hashtag. At least seven other Twitter users pointed out the error, but, as of 1 p.m. Mountain Time Friday, the National Spelling Bee hasn’t acknowledged the mistake or deleted the tweet.

The moral of the story? Everyone makes mistakes.