On Thursday afternoon, the finals of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee takes place at the Gaylord National Resort & Casino in Oxon Hill, Md.
The Spelling Bee is one of the many great "It's not REALLY sports, but it's wacky-yet-interesting competition and I'm kinda OK with that" events that fill the offseason months.
It's almost like the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest, but for kids ... and with words.
If you think about it, the Spelling Bee is basically just an orthographical and etymological hot-dog eating contest. Yeah. Let's go with that.
Bu that aside, the finals of the annual Spelling Bee are taking place in our backyard and it once again got us thinking about some of the most difficult and confusing DC athlete names of past and present.
Watch the above video.
It will properly explain just how hard it is to spell "Gheorghe Muresan" out loud, without time to prepare. It's not easy.
But Muresan is hardly the lone D.C. athlete name that gives writers and broadcasters fits.
-- Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (Georgetown 1997-2001): A name so Boumtje, they'd Boumtje'd him twice.
-- Al Iafrate (Capitals 1990-94): Sounds like "Al Eye-uh-fray-tee."
Pronunciation spoonerism:"Eye Al-uh-fray-tee."
-- Kirk Cousins (Redskins 2012-Current): K-I-R-K, C-O-U-S-I-N-S
Common Misspelling: Curt Cousins, Kirk Cousin, Curt Cousin
-- Gus Frerotte (Redskins 1994-98): Sounds like: "Fur-rot"
Ex.: After running head-first into an end zone wall, GUS FREROTTE will miss the Redskins' next seven games.
-- Odrisamir Despaigne (Orioles 2006): 85 Scrabble points for "Despaigne."
-- Tom Gugliotta (Bullets 1992-94): Sounds like "Googly-aught-uh."
Alternate Spelling: "THE GOOGS!"
-- Kirk Hinrich (Wizards 2010-11): Often confused with similarly sounding "Curt" (kert).
Origin: Low Germanic/Nordic. One of too many iterations.
-- Sonny Jurgensen (Redskins 1964-74): So many potential ways to spell "Jurgensen." Only one way to spell
-- Kory Lichtensteiger (Redskins 2010-16): Sounds like "Cory Lickten-styger."
Ed. Note: Why can't you just spell it with a "C"?
-- Shaone Morrisonn (Capitals 2003-10): "Shaone Morrisonn" is a copy editor's worst nightmare.
-- Michal Neuvirth (Capitals 2008-2014): Nueverth? Newvirth? Neuverth? Nuevirth? Noiverth? Nouverth?
-- Jayson Werth (Nationals 2011-Current): Why, just why?
Similar: Y, just Y.