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英语时差:少年获得美国拼字比赛冠军

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Sameer Mishra provided more than just comic relief at the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee. He ended up winning the title.

The 13-year-old from West Lafayette, Indiana, who often had the audience laughing with his one-line commentaries, was all business when he aced "guerdon"-a word that appropriately means "something that one has earned or gained"-to win the 81st version of the bee.

"I don't know about comedy lines, but my parents have been telling me since the beginning that I should always stay calm, cool and collected," said Sameer, who likes playing the violin and video games, and hopes one day to be a neurosurgeon.

Sameer, appearing in the bee for the fourth time and a top 20 finisher the last two years, clenched both fists and put his hands to his face after spelling the winning word.

He won a tense duel over first-time participant Sidharth Chand, 12, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who finally stumbled on "prosopopoeia," a word describing a type of figure of speech.

Sameer is coached by his sister, Shruti, a high school senior and three-time spelling bee competitor. He was a crowd favorite throughout the tournament. The first-place finish won him US$35,000 in cash and more than US$5,000 in other prizes.

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