Why is a Spelling Competition Called a “Spelling Bee” and Where Did the Name Come From?

Entire communities used to gather in a festive mood to build churches or to help neighbors building a barn or a home.

These events were called “bees” because the number of people swarming around the task was similar to a busy hive of bees.

The spelling bee is the lone survivor from this era and was the name used in 1925 by a Louisville newspaper for a national competition that is still going strong.

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