Jacques Bailly

Jacques Bailly

Pronouncer of the National Spelling Bee
Jacques A. Bailly is an American professor who has served as the Scripps National Spelling Bee's official pronouncer since 2003. He was the 1980 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.Wikipedia
BornJanuary 28, 1966
SpouseLeslyn Hall

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Exclusive secrets of the National Spelling Bee: Picking the words to identify a champion

  • As the final pre-competition meeting of the Scripps National Spelling Bee's word selection panel stretches into its seventh hour, the pronouncers no longer seem to care. Before panelists can debate the words picked for the bee, they need to hear each word and its language of origin, part of speech, definition and exemplary sentence read aloud. Late in the meeting, lead pronouncer Jacques Bailly and his colleagues — so measured in their pacing and meticulous in their enunciation during the bee — rip through that chore as quickly as possible.


The Man Who Pronounced It All

Pop quiz. Try pronouncing the following. Ready? Go. Elucubrate. Smaragdine. Scherenschnitte. Head scratchers, huh? Not for Jacques Bailly. As the official pronouncer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he can tackle any word thrown at him. He started his wordsmith career as the 1980 spelling bee champion. These days, Jacques feels the heat of etymological battle from the other side of the mic.
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