Watch Spelling Bee Contestants Dab, It Is The Best Thing Of All Time
Lituation. Noun. Defined as “a culmination of several lit things happening at once.” On Thursday, the usually tame drama at the 2016 Scripps Spelling Bee suddenly became the hottest lituation of the month thanks to some well-placed, aggressive dabbing. Word by word, victorious kids did what any mortal would do after conquering a word that you never knew existed.
Even the audience got into it, with the brother of Mitchell from Marblehead, MA dabbing so hard after his brother spelled “nagelfluh” that he probably dislocated his arm. For those inquiring spirts, nagelfluh is a massive variegated conglomerate forming a prominent member of the Miocene series in the Alps, which is another way of saying that it’s literally just a rock. Who knew? Oh, yeah: THESE AMAZING CHILDREN.
Now that you’ve watched the dab-off for five minutes straight, you may be wondering how a spelling bee became the summer dance event of the year. You may even be wondering what the hell dabbing is (if so, we feel sad for you). Don’t worry: we’re here to help.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a sporting event that’s been airing on ESPN for 22 years, featuring eighth graders spelling for their lives. The dab is a dance move that looks like a particularly violent sneeze that was popularized in the Atlanta hip hop scene, by songs like “Look at My Dab” by Migos, and the Carolina Panther’s player Cam Newton. It’s also the key to taking your spelling bee from zero to one-hundred, which is something I wish I’d known to do to restore my reputation when I misspelled “reputation” (seriously) in my third grade spelling bee.
Dabbing somehow wasn’t the only highlight at Scripps Spelling Bee. The next moment of glory began simply enough with one girl struggling to spell “abecedarius,” which sounds a lot like ABC Darius (or the kind of name a rapper who puts his mixtape in your Happy Meal would have). Letter by letter, she began to spell out the word that means “a poem in which the lines or stanzas begin with the letters of the alphabet in regular order,” but before she could get even halfway through, music began that sent her into a terrified panic and ended with the cutest Running Man Challenge video we’ve ever seen. From dabbing to running mans, this may have been the most lit sporting event of the century.
Lead image by Gabriella Cossens.
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