Change Of Fortune

Well, the shouting is over, the dust has settled, the press have dashed off to file their dispatches, and there is a new champion speller here in Wellfleet: a fellow named Robert something, an amiable fellow who has finished in the top two or three for years. It came down to the two of us at the end, and I stumbled over a perfectly ordinary and familiar word: vicissitude. For some absolutely inexplicable reason, a mystery that will haunt me for at least the next year, I added an extra ‘c’.

Oh well, life has its ups and downs, they say.

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  1. Kevin Kim says

    Vick-sissa-tude, huh?

    Posted October 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Yeah, yeah. I don’t know what happened. I know how to spell the word.

    I’m glad that that fellow Robert got a moment in the sun, though. He’s a good guy, and a fine speller.

    Posted October 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
  3. the one eyed man says

    I’m sure that next year you will regain first plaice.

    Posted October 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Thanks, Peat.

    Posted October 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  5. Kevin Kim says

    I’ll have to show up at one of these spelling bees someday.

    Posted October 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    By all means, Kevin! You’d like it here, and I’m sure you’re a damned solid speller.

    There’ll be no mercy at the Bee, however. This calamity is not about to be repeated.

    Posted October 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  7. Malcolm, that was just one of those little viccissitudes of life . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

    * * *

    Posted October 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink
  8. Malcolm says

    Oy. It hurts my eyes to look at that.

    Posted October 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink
  9. JK says

    Just be happy they didn’t ask you to spell, “Angela Merkel”:

    Posted October 18, 2010 at 6:11 am | Permalink
  10. But what would we do without spel-chekker?

    Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:55 am | Permalink