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!


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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