Hello I'm Grace and I love words...

So do you, and that’s why you’re here. The Sesquipedalian is a place for word nerds of all kinds to learn about, discuss, and celebrate the English language! Here, you’ll find a blog tailored to the interests and inquiries of the modern logophile, tidbits about their backstories, and links and references to all the resources a speller needs to succeed. Whether you are a current speller, a veteran, a coach, or just an aficionado, this site has the latest and greatest in all things competitive orthography and more!

Latest blog entry:

Just a short entry until I get home. History was made at the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee where they crowned 8 finalists co-champions after 4+ hours, 20 rounds and nearly 40 championship-level words without a miss. Among the 8 champions were 3 of my students: Sohum, Saketh and Rohan. So proud of their accomplishments. Will write about it fully when I get back home and things settle down. Amazing!


Grace with her winning students. Congratulations to all the 2019 Champions!


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Grace with 2018 Champ Karthik Nemmani
Karthik is an extremely dedicated and hard-working speller. I'm proud to be part of his spelling journey.


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