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May 18, 2021

Okay. Let's get this over with.

I misspelled the word "laborious" in the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library's first annual Geek Gala and Adult Spelling Bee on Thursday, November 11 at Indiana Downs.

As a result, the entire Shelby County Democrat team was eliminated in the second round of the competition. I apologize for letting my team down. A special apology to team leader, Lee Sakellarides (did I spell that correctly?), who never had an opportunity to approach the microphone because of my spelling error.

My sole excuse is that I suffered from a brain fart. I suggested that reason to Andrea Smithson, editor of The Shelbyville News (and spelling bee competitor), but I'm not sure she accepted my explanation. Or maybe she can't print it in the newspaper.

But I can. So, here's the deal: I had a brain fart.

I hope that's a satisfactory amount of contrition, because I'm over it. I don't need to belabor the obvious.

Belabor? Is that a word?

Did I spell it correctly?

Maybe it should be spelled "beelabor" because preparing for the spelling bee required considerable time and effort from lots of people. Therefore, congratulations to the library staff, all of the participants, and especially to the winning team from Shelbyville High School.

it was a fun event, albeit laborious.


Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Article comment by: Lee Sakellarides

From a feller speller, to my friend. . .

Dee's apology, though unnecessary, is warmly received. I am nothing but proud to have had the opportunity to represent the Shelby County Democrats in the spelling bee with Dee, one of the sharpest minds of his generation. His faculty for wit and insight is surpassed only by his grace, which he displays admirably under circumstances both expected and unexpected. It was an honor to be his teammate.

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