LIVE BLOG: The National Bee Casts Its Spell

After a grueling semifinal that included words derived from Latin, French, Hawaiian and Afrikaans, there are only nine left.

That’s nine finalists who can correctly spell words like “cholecystitis” and “kanaima” and who will face off at 8 p.m. ET. to decide the champion of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

A group of us here at NPR (including our copy chief Susan Vavrick) will be watching (ESPN will be airing it live) and chatting. Join us! (If you can’t see the chat box below, try this url:

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