uh-SID-you-uhs: It's kind of like that thing where you really pay attention to detail.The vocab rounds included being able to understand in context the following words: abrogate, beaucoup, calumny, eccentric, inscrutable, manifold, oblique, phlebotomy, rongeur, sybaritic, trenchant, and vicissitude. Each speller also was assigned two unique words (here and here) as part of the vocab quiz, and you can see how they did.
KLAIR-voy-uns: It's kind of like that thing where you already knew you had spelled this correctly.
ek-oh-TURE-iz-uhm: It's kind of like that thing where you take three planes to fly to Belize, but you let your towels air-dry instead of let the hotel maids replace them daily, and on the way back start looking in the Skymall magazine to see if there's a thing about buying carbon offset credits.
FAHR-suh-kuhl: It's kind of like The Birdcage.
LORE-uhs: It's kind of like a cute monkey.
muh-JELL-uhn: It's like that guy who kept sailing West without having a Garmin GPS.
meh-tuh-TAHR-suhl: It's that thing, where, if you're a football player, it can break.
pro-FUHN-duh-tee: Something you can't find on this blog.
ree-tehn-OO-toe: It's kind of like that thing where the conductor slows down the tempo.
sar-GAH-so: It's kinda of like seaweed, or that book they made into a movie that I didn't read or see.
tam-buh-REE-toe: It's kind of like a Panamanian dance.
vwah-LAH! When they reveal the answer.
** Yep. 28 was the cutoff -- in other words, no more than two errors, plus the speller had to be perfect on the two unique words.