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Imagine a spelling bee of all the European languages where you have to determine what language a word is and then spell it...

That's an English spelling bee.




That's actually very much what spelling (or pronunciation, going the other way) is like in English, because there are rules for spelling English words—it's just that there are several sets depending on which language we mugged the word from.


Not just European: a few Hebrew words and the rare Inuit loanword can also make it.




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