The word “guetapens” made the news last year. Our December Library Question of the Month was: What does “quetapens” mean and why was it newsworthy in 2012?
We received 5 correct submissions and selected our winner by lottery. Congratulations to Bella Hutchins! Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest.
A search of the Academic OneFile Database provides the answer: “Indian-Americans continued to demonstrate their spelling prowess when Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old girl, correctly spelled “guetapens”, French word for ambush, to win the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown.*”
*”Indian American wins US spelling contest for fifth year.” India Review 31 July 2012. Academic OneFile.