In a country with dozens of dialects and languages, this organization has held an English-language spelling bee for the last 10 years.

Can you spell these 12 challenging words? Scripps National Spelling Bee finalists could

The 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals are set, and out of a massive field of more than 550 spellers, just 50 students remain.          

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This year spellers faced a slew of difficult words in the nation's premier spelling contest, hosted at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.          

The first part of the finals kick off Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT on ESPN 2. After the field is whittled down even more, the second part of the round of top spellers remaining will air at 8:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.          

Do you think you have what it takes to make it to Scripps finals? Here are some of the most challenging words this year's finalists (somehow) spelled correctly in earlier rounds:          


Crystallographer is a noun, related to the word crystallography, meaning "a science that deals with the forms and structures of crystals," according to Merriam Webster dictionary.          

Calvin Franke of Chicago correctly spelled it in Round 3.


Parvenuism is a noun, meaning "parvenu nature or behavior." Parvenu is also a noun, meaning "one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it."          

Atman Balakrishnan of Chicago correctly spelled it in Round 3.


Plumbiferous is an adjective, meaning "containing lead."

Anisha Rao of Dublin, California, correctly spelled it in Round 3.


Woebegoneness is a noun, related to the word woebegone, meaning "strongly affected with woe."          

Melodie Loya of Oneonta, New York, correctly spelled it in Round 3.


Neutercane is a noun, meaning "a subtropical cyclone that is usually less than 100 miles in diameter and that draws energy from sources common to both the hurricane and the frontal cyclone."          

Brendan Pawlicki of Clinton Township, Michigan, correctly spelled it in Round 3.


Oyez is an imperative verb, "used by a court or public crier to gain attention before a proclamation."          

Erin Howard of Birmingham, Alabama, correctly spelled it in Round 2.


Pince-nez is a noun, meaning "eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring."          

Atman Balakrishnan of Chicago correctly spelled it in Round 2.


Montessorian is an adjective, meaning "of, following, or relating to a system for training young children emphasizing free physical activity, informal and individual instruction, early development of writing and reading, and extended sensory motor training."          

Navneeth Murali of Neptune, New Jersey, correctly spelled it in Round 2. 


Xenarthra is a noun, meaning "a suborder or other division of Edentata comprising the American anteaters, armadillos, sloths, and usually the extinct ground sloths."          

Brendan Pawlicki of Clinton Township, Michigan, correctly spelled it in Round 2.


Heiau is a noun, meaning "a pre-Christian Hawaiian temple or other place of worship (as a stone platform or an earthen terrace)."          

Enya Hubers of Ontario, Canada, correctly spelled it in Round 2. 


Oryzivorous is an adjective, meaning "feeding on rice."          

Abhijay Kodali of Dallas correctly spelled it in Round 2.


Kittiwake is a noun, meaning "either of two cliff-nesting gulls (Rissa tridactyla and R. brevirostris) that winter on the open ocean."          

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Nilla Rajan of Athens, Ohio, correctly spelled it in Round 2.

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