As a wordsmith as well as an observer of human behavior, I was fascinated by the reaction of 11-year-old Kennyi Aouad of Terre Haute, Indiana when he lost his composure but won hearts during a giggling fit sparked by the word “sardoodledom” in the 2007 National Spelling Bee. Aouad went on to qualify for the Bee again in 2008; he tied for fifth place in 2009.

In case you wondered, “sardoodledom” is a noun, and it means “mechanically contrived plot structure and stereotyped or unrealistic characterization in drama.” So, I will strive to avoid a sardoodledom in my next book – which I started writing today!

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About Robin Helm

Robin Helm's latest work is Understanding Elizabeth, a stand-alone Regency Romance. She joined three other JAFF authors for a best selling Christmas anthology - A Very Austen Christmas. After publishing all three volumes of The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy, she published the Yours by Design Series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours. She and her husband have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, a grandson, and a Yorkie Poo named Toby.

3 thoughts on “Sardoodledom

  1. LucyParker

    The tension in this competition must be mind boggling, yet the absurdity of ‘sardoodledom’ blew off some of that pressure when he acted exactly as a young boy should. I want great things for Kennyi!!



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