Most Enthusiastic Spelling Bee Contestant Ever Shouts “I Know It!” Before Misspelling Word

Jacob Williamson may have lost the National Spelling Bee after misspelling “kabaragoya,” but he won a lot of hearts over his unbridled love of words.

2. “Please give me a word I know,” Williamson excitedly told bee Pronouncer Jacques Bailly before getting “euripus” on Wednesday.

3. Jacob replied: “I know it! Greek, right?” Yes, came the answer, and Williamson quickly spelled the word correctly.

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4. On Wednesday night, Williamson also aced his word “carcharodont.”

5. The competition Wednesday featured 281 spellers from around the world and Williamson was one of just 12 finalists who advanced.

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6. But he was eliminated Thursday night, after shouting with excitement “I know it, I totally know it!” and misspelling “kabaragoya.”

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