You probably didn’t know what marocain was yesterday, but thanks to Thursday night’s nailbiting National Spelling Bee, it’s all over the internet.
Ananya Vinay, a sixth-grader from Fresno, was crowned winner at the 2017 Scripps annual event. After effortlessly dealing with hypapante, gifblaar, and wayzgoose, she finished the night with the winning word: marocain.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as: “A ribbed crepe fabric used in women’s clothing.”
The internet reacted by cheering Vinay, while simultaneously scratching its head over what on earth marocain is.
I don’t even know what marocain is. Good for her.
— Matthew C Taylor (@mctaylo) June 2, 2017
The hell is marocain? Spellcheck is going nuts.
— DJ Peterson (@DJPeterson13) June 2, 2017
Ask her how I can shoehorn marocain into a dinner party conversation before everyone on twitter reads this.
— Brad Vantageous (@BradVantageous) June 2, 2017
Marocain, a lot trickier than floccinaucinihilipilification, because it’s bloody French.
— John Einar Funck (@EinarFunck) June 2, 2017
macaroni is easy af these words are two easy
— Devin Smrekar (@dsmrekar26) June 2, 2017
Vinay looked stunned at the victory. She barely had time to react before getting a big bear hug from her father, who rushed on stage.
One thing’s for sure — get ready for everyone to be talking about marocain tomorrow.