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.

1. At the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, 15-year-old Jacob Williamson was the clear favorite of Twitter followers for his sheer enthusiasm for spelling.

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.

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

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.

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

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

7. Twitter was clearly disappointed by Williamson’s lost.

Jacob Williamson misspells. Jacob screams. Twitter explodes. The #SpellingBee is down to 6 spellers. @ScrippsBee

— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio)

Holy shit. Crushed we are all crushed. #TeamJacob #spellingbee

— Allison Rockey (@AllisonRockey)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jacob is eliminated! #spellingbee

— Spencer Wagen (@SpencerWagen)

10. Although some were quick to criticize William’s self-assurance:

"I KNOW THIS ONE!" Actually, no, you don't. #SpellingBee

— Sean Quinn (@sdquinn)

lesson learned.. dont get too cocky #spellingbee

— Texas HS Football (@texashsfootball)

I wonder if Jacob knows how to spell HUBRIS #spellingbee

— diana (@dianarbol)

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