Happy Scripps National Spelling Bee: Here are 90 Crazy Words for the Contest's 90th Birthday

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Ramon Padua of Guam gives a thumbs up as he competes in a preliminary round at the 89th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, May 25, 2016. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It's a pulchritudinous time of the year: the week during which the country becomes obsessed with cheering on genius kids, watching excitedly and turning them into temporary celebrities as they masterfully spell words most adults can't even pronounce.

It's time for the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Related: Quiz: How many Scripps National Spelling Bee winning words can you spell?

Bee Week, as it's called, kicked off Tuesday with the preliminaries test; continued Wednesday with rounds two and three of the spelling competition; and is set to conclude Thursday with the finals. Nearly 300 kids representing all 50 states as well as countries like Ghana, Jamaica and South Korea made it to the national contest.

It's the event's 90th iteration, given that the first bee took place in 1925 but took a short break during World War II. The first-ever winning word was gladiolus, spelled by Frank Neuhauser; the most recent were Feldenkrais and gesellschaft, spelled by Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga, respectively.

As you get hyped for this year's contest, take a spin through 90 of the craziest words from the competitions:

  1. abecedarius
  2. poikilitic
  3. voortrekker
  4. guetapens
  5. xanthosis
  6. alopecoid
  7. ingluvies
  8. menhir
  9. schwarmerei
  10. gnathonic
  11. soubrette
  12. esquamulose
  13. elegiacal
  14. vivisepulture
  15. appoggiatura
  16. cymotrichous
  17. rhamphotheca
  18. opificer
  19. chiaroscurist
  20. succedaneum
  21. resipiscence
  22. stichomythia
  23. reseau
  24. neurasthenic
  25. wobbulator
  26. cyclazocine
  27. anadiplosis
  28. beccafico
  29. glissando
  30. mischsprache
  31. drahthaar
  32. esquisse
  33. kakiemon
  34. Wehrmacht
  35. sorites
  36. desiccant
  37. gazoz
  38. Jugendstil
  39. chresard
  40. urushiye
  41. bourride
  42. periscii
  43. infelicities
  44. abhinaya
  45. declivitous
  46. acciaccatura
  47. Troadic
  48. rapprochement
  49. scelidosaur
  50. bisagre
  51. sphacelated
  52. nyctinasty
  53. dodecarchy
  54. sforzando
  55. coreopsis
  56. brevicaudate
  57. chionablepsia
  58. yttriferous
  59. maieutic
  60. Gleichschaltung
  61. Götterdämmerung
  62. cicatrize
  63. projicient
  64. stochastically
  65. uitlander
  66. distichous
  67. euonym
  68. kirtle
  69. Watteau
  70. osteitic
  71. trouvaille
  72. apotheosize
  73. biliousness
  74. Qatari
  75. quadrumanous
  76. distichous
  77. grosgrain
  78. succedaneum
  79. resipiscence
  80. regnant
  81. equerry
  82. stillatitious
  83. brevicaudate
  84. numnah
  85. tralatitious
  86. succedaneum
  87. Australopithecus
  88. obmutescence
  89. paupiette
  90. serrefine

No big deal, right?

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