The Washington Times - May 29, 2009, 03:47AM

Kavya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling the word “Laodicean” during last night’s finals, the AP is reporting.

The winning word means indifferent or lukewarm in politics or religion. Kavya won $40,000 in cash prizes, a huge trophy and major bragging rights.

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Being crowned the national spelling bee champion is kinda like winning the “American Idol” of nerds.

Oh, sure.  She can spell.  But what good is spelling in these days of text messages?  IMHO, not much.