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Spell It Words 2007

Thank you to Ms. Flick for submitting the following info:

"This year the words are organized by origin; it is very helpful in studying for the test as so many spelling rules are partial to their origin. Plus, it makes it much easier and more sensible to remember their origins in order to ask for them at the competition. At the end of each section, they have a few challenge words as well."


Words from Latin

inane, relevant, impetuous, ambivalent, dejected, postmortem, interject, incriminate, access, plausible, interrupt, alliteration, refugee, amicable, lucid, percolate, meticulous, fastidious, trajectory, transect, animosity, implement, ambiguity, curriculum, omnivorous, bellicose, electoral, crescent, obsequious, precipice, susceptible, condolences, benefactor, candidate, bugle, formidable, canary, ignorant, subterfuge, abdicate, lunatic, colloquial, carnivore, gregarious, ostentatious, recant, prosaic, herbivore, prodigal, magnanimous, benevolent, mercurial, simile, jovial, ridiculous, innate, obstinate, discern, mediocre, insidious, rupture, precipitate, erudite, intractable, exuberant, ingenious, retrospective, ominous, vulnerable, omnipotent, consensus, discipline, alleviate, spectrum, prescription, capitulation, incredulous, December, affinity, necessary, adjacent, dissect, conjecture, imperative, predicate, corporal, patina

Challenge Words

Soliloquy, accommodate, pernicious, efficacy, visceral, exacerbate, indigenous, belligerent, vernacular, infinitesimal, recalcitrant, innocuous, precocious, ameliorate, commensurate, facetious, prerogative, ubiquitous, egregious, aggregate

Words From Arabic

azure, sultan, artichoke, macramé, mummy, tarragon, adobe, apricot, borax, talc, arsenal, lemon, tuna, admiral, hazard, carmine, monsoon, gazelle, crimson, orange, sequin, algebra, guitar, giraffe, mattress, elixir, saffron, cotton, albatross, zero, safari, magazine, mohair, mosque, zenith, alfalfa, imam, alcohol, tariff, lilac, alcove, massage, henna, alchemy, sugar

Challenge Words

Muslin, camphor, algorithm, minaret, tamarind, carafe, julep, marzipan


Words from Asian Languages

dugong, cushy, seersucker, oolong, bangle, cummerbund, juggernaut, pangolin, rupee, mongoose, shampoo, typhoon, bamboo, dungaree, bungalow, gunnysack, chutney

Challenge Words

Gymkhana, basmati, gingham


Words from French

Peloton, barrage, Clementine, chagrin, pacifism, manicure, altruism, bureaucracy, mascot, parfait, mystique, layette, garage, dressage, croquet, gorgeous, denture, mirage, denim, cachet, neologism, abate, beige, diplomat, motif, suave, ambulance, foyer, stethoscope, rehearse, leotard, prairie, diorama, zest, entourage, fuselage, boudoir, collage, amenable, expertise, physique, egalitarian, deluxe, nougat, rouge, escargot

Challenge Words

Gauche, rapport, camouflage, genre, virgule, debacle, fusillade, saboteur, renaissance, chauvinism, recidivist, chassis, détente, raconteur, mayonnaise, surveillance, repertoire


Eponyms (words derived from someone's name)

Praline, magnolia, boysenberry, Gatling, hosta, poinsettia, macadamia, salmonella, Newton, saxophone, shrapnel, tortoni, greengage, angstrom, gardenia, sideburns, melba, tantalize, zinnia

Challenge Words

Forsythia, Madeleine, bromeliad, mercerize, Fahrenheit, narcissistic, dahlia, Baedeker


Words from German

Angst, pretzel, waltz, haversack, nosh, sauerbraten, hinterland, verboten, kitsch, liverwurst, cranberry, streusel, umlaut, wanderlust, eiderdown, schnauzer, Meistersinger, lederhosen, kohlrabi, sitzmark, vorlage, langlauf, autobahn, Backstein, inselberg, gestalt, einkorn, Gestapo, rucksack, echt, knapsack, feldspar, poltergeist, noodle, spareribs, pumpernickel, bratwurst, strudel, seltzer, bagel, hamster, spritz, cobalt, nachtmusik, graupel

Challenge Words

Schottische, dreidel, weimaraner, ersatz, fraulein, blitzkrieg, gesundheit, pfeffernuss, edelweiss, glockenspiel, rottweiler, anschluss


Words from Slavic Languages

Gulag, parka, Slav, robot, samovar, kremlin, troika, slave, mammoth, Siberian, tundra, Permian, kishke, glasnost, paprika, sable, kasha, nebbish, polka, Bolshevik, vampire, sputnik, knish, cravat, babushka, Soviet, Borzoi

Challenge Words

Balalaika, kielbasa, perestroika, apparatchik, commissar


Words from Dutch

Cockatoo, keelhaul, harpoon, furlough, bowery, easel, holster, howitzer, freebooter, landscape, waffle, trawl, uproar, beleaguer, cruller, yacht, wiseacre, slurp, brackish, decoy, caboose, buckwheat, walrus

Challenge Word



Words from Old English

Quell, barrow, dearth, bower, paddock, blithe, keen mongrel, reckless, alderman, whirlpool, belay, cleanser, dreary, bequeath, sallow, dross, lithe, gristle, earwig, fickle, nestle, fennel, nostril, abide, behest, slaughter, gospel, furlong, linseed, nether, fathom, nightingale, farthing, threshold, kith, wanton, loam, yield, mattock, hawthorn, tithe, behoove, aspen, mermaid, anvil, forlorn, quiver, hustings, barley, linden, hassock, orchard, hearth

Challenge Words

Heifer, mistletoe, salve


Words from New World Languages

Condor, iguana, hurricane, kahuna, Hogan, jerky, muskrat, hominy, wigwam, pampas, caribou, toboggan, persimmon, quinine, powwow, bayou, coyote, tamale, toucan, poi, petunia, cashew, luau, totem, mahimahi, hickory, chipotle, skunk, woodchuck, chocolate, muumuu, puma, tomato

Challenge Words

Opossum, terrapin


Words from Japanese

Ninja, sushi, tofu, shogun, sayonara, honcho, karate, samurai, teriyaki, sashimi, tsunami, tycoon, haiku, futon, geisha, Mikado, hibachi, origami, wasabi, ramen, kudzu

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Words from Greek

Lethargy, android, chronic, biopsy, irony, automaton, enthusiasm, synopsis, homogeneous, hedonism, odyssey, megalopolis, acme, synonym, orthodox, aristocracy, calypso, patriarch, hierarchy, character, isobar, asterisk, eclectic, melancholy, stoic, chronology, eulogy, didactic, cosmetic, Spartan, geothermal, cynical, homonym, cryptic, hypothesis, academy, pentathlon, antibiotic, diatribe, etymology, hydraulic, trauma, topography, hygiene, semantics, thesaurus, phenomenon, cosmos, protagonist, acronym, paradox, synchronous, misanthropy, sarcasm, ephemeral, polygon, nemesis, syntax, eureka, panic, apostrophe, geranium, metaphor, spherical, xylophone, dynamic, myriad, epiphany, apathy, synergy, amnesia, philanthropy, democracy, strategy, diagnosis, topical, matriarch, endemic, analysis, rhetoric, eponym, agnostic, dogma, idiom, thermal, dyslexia, Olympian, allegory, pragmatic, adamant, protocol

Challenge Words

Dichotomy, misogynist, hypocrisy, diphthong, mnemonic, anomaly, zephyr, hippopotamus, euphemism, anachronism, metamorphosis, hyperbole, arachnid, paradigm


Words from Italian

Staccato, ballot, confetti, semolina, influenza, cavalry, piazza, cadenza, pistachio, spinet, cantata, incognito, vendetta, contraband, mascara, graffiti, credenza, parapet, falsetto, ditto, provolone, extravaganza, scampi, belladonna, gondola, rotunda, cauliflower, galleria, regatta, crescendo, balcony, portfolio, antipasto, libretto, virtuoso, harmonica, maestro, bravura, fresco, stucco, inferno, ballerina, malaria, grotto, harpsichord, allegro

Challenge Words

Scherzo, adagio, segue, zucchini, capricious, archipelago, charlatan, maraschino, paparazzo


Words from Spanish

Burrito, embargo, chimichanga, gazpacho, mariachi, sombrero, alligator, canasta, bonanza, chinchilla, cilantro, castanets, machismo, enchilada, pueblo, hacienda, fandango, quesadilla, flotilla, tornado, flamenco, vigilante, adios, cabana, gordita, peccadillo, filibuster, tortilla, vanilla, fiesta, anchovy, mesa, ramada, junco, cafeteria, bongo, mantilla, oregano, lariat, chalupa, buffalo,

Challenge Words

sassafras, punctilio, sarsaparilla