It doesn't hurt to ask, right? One 12-year-old in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee was willing to give it a try.
"May I have an easy word, please?" Charles Hamilton Jr. asked at the bee.
It was worth a shot, but the word Charles was given wasn't all that easy. It was Wensleydale -- a type of cheese.
In the end, Charles didn't need the help anyway -- he spelled it perfectly.
It's no surprise that Charles knew it. You can tell from his bio that he's a talented kid. His favorite book is Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," and he's also an avid soccer, piano and guitar player.
In the previous round, he correctly spelled umlaut –– the dotted symbol that goes over German vowels.
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