Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #12: Spelling Bee

In honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee taking place Wednesday and Thursday of this week, I present thirteen 13-letter words that begin with the letter T.

1. Terpsichorean, adjective: 1. pertaining to dancing. 2. (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Terpsichore. noun: a dancer.

2. Tergiversated, verb: (used without object) 1. to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate. 2. to turn renegade.

3. transliterate, verb: to change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language: to transliterate the Greek Χ as ch.

4. tachistoscope, noun: Psychology. an apparatus for use in exposing visual stimuli, as pictures, letters, or words, for an extremely brief period, used chiefly to assess visual perception or to increase reading speed. (

5. temperamental, adjective: 1. Relating to or caused by temperament: our temperamental differences. 2. Excessively sensitive or irritable; moody. 3. Likely to perform unpredictably; undependable: a temperamental motor.

6. thermoplastic, adjective: soft and pliable when heated, as some plastics, without any change of the inherent properties. Noun: a plastic of this type.

7. thermodynamic, adjective. 1. Characteristic of or resulting from the conversion of heat into other forms of energy. 2. Of or relating to thermodynamics.

8. telemarketers, noun. 1. Those who market goods or services by telephone 2. Evil incarnate.

9. tonsillectomy, noun: the operation of excising or removing one or both tonsils.

10. thalassocracy, noun: Naval or commercial supremacy on the seas.

11. Trothplighted, transitive verb: betrothed.

12. touristically, adverb: in a manner typical of tourists or tourism.

13. telencephalon: noun: the anterior section of the forebrain comprising the cerebrum and related structures.

You can catch the semi-finals on ESPN from 10am to 1pm EDT, and the finals on ABC at 8pm EDT. I'll be rooting for local speller Isabel Jacobson, who attends the same middle school my sisters and I went to.

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Elle Fredrix said...

Okay, I have never heard of quite a few of those.

LMAO at 8(2)!

R.G. ALEXANDER said...

Wait! I can feel it. I'm getting smarter!!! LOL-Awesome TT. I love spelling bees. Seriously-they rock!

Rae said...

Interesting TT. Yowza, H!Okay, I'll admit it, I didn't know quite a few of them, but then again, this is coming from the person who never knew 'slippy' wasn't a word. '-)

Tempest Knight said...

Whoazers! I can't even pronounce some of these.

Heather said...

Hehe...I was hoping people would get a little kick out of this one. I admit, some I knew...some I wasn't sure of and had to look up.

Elle~ Glad you liked 8(2), lol. :D

RG~ I admit to watching some of the semi-finals last year and all of the finals. I might not have known how to pronounce or spell half of them, but it was an interesting experience. (We are SUCH word nerds, aren't we??)

Rae~ Slippy: adjective. As in, "it's getting slippy out." *WEG* *Ducks out of reach*

Babe King said...

I knew 10 of them. Interesting snippet. Thallasse is Greek for blue, hence where they get naval from. :-)

shelley said...

Is this the spelling contest where a NZer has made it to the semi-finals? It was on the news tonight. Her kiwi accent confused the judges ;)

Gina Ardito said...

Spew alert for #8! Now, how many can you use in a sentence? LOL!

Kissa Starling said...

I can't tell you how much that hurt my brain! OMG

Loribelle Hunt said...

Cool list!I didn't know several of those lol.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Excellent list. Now, can you use them in a sentence? ;)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great list! I took many anatomy and physiology classes and I don't remember #13. LOL!

How sad is that?

Sara Thacker said...

That was interesting. You must really be twisted.

Jennifer McK said...

Okay, it's pretty early in the morning for me. Those made my head hurt. LOL.
I didn't even know touristically was
a word.

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Oooooh great list! I didn't know some, but I did learnded! hahaha

MIchelle (MG) said...

Oh I think I could use a tachistoscope and sometimes I think I am thermoplastic (soft and pliable when heated - ROFL)

Jana said...

Good gravy! LOL How long did it take you to find those?

Excellent job, Missy Trix! You rawk!

Paige Tyler said...

What everyone else said! LOL! Great list!


Lis said...

had to lmao over the telemarkets definition. :)

Amelia June said...

Oh I love words so much!

My favorite t word is trichotillomania--compulsive hair pulling. Over the 13 letter limit, but still a good one.

My TT:

Debbie Mumford said...

WOW ... I'm impressed with your list!

Annalee Blysse said...

Trothplighted -- not familiar with this one. I like finding unique words.