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This Kid On The Spelling Bee Basically Dropped The Fucking Mic, And It Was Iconic

Mogollon? No problem for Shourav.

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As usual, the Scripps National Spelling Bee was the highlight of ESPN's programming on June 1.

You try spelling this perfectly on the first try on national TV!!!!
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You try spelling this perfectly on the first try on national TV!!!!

All of the finalists were incredibly bright teens who we'll probably all work for someday, but one stood out above everyone else — Shourav Dasari.

That's him on the right, filing through his mental Rolodex of, oh, EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
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That's him on the right, filing through his mental Rolodex of, oh, EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Now, most of the competitors ask the judge for a word's definition, language of origin, part of speech, and alternate pronunciations — sometimes multiple times! — before even attempting to spell the word, like such:

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But not our Shourav. When he got into the final four, the judges handed him the word "mogollon," and needless to say, he didn't need a stupid definition. Watch and witness greatness:

ICYMI: He barely skipped a beat after being told the word, spelled it perfectly, and then sat back down like it was NBD. Obviously, people loved his brilliant nonchalance.

Shourav, walking into school after nuking "Mogollon." #spellingbee

When you already know the word mogollon,, like kanye #spellingbee

OMFG WHAT JUST HAPPENED???? #MOGOLLON #spellingbee

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shourav just stepped out here and IMMEDIATELY spelled "mogollon" didn't even ask for an origin, definition, or a pa… https://t.co/atBLpiRfQP

Well, everyone except for his mom, that is.

Sadly, Shourav got tripped up by the word "struldberg" (wouldn't you?) and finished in a highly respectable fourth place. Still...

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