These are some of the hardest Spelling Bee words

The word Gladiolus is both a flower and also the winning word in the first National Spelling Bee back in 1925. 11-year-old Frank Neuhauser of Louisville, Kentucky spelled it correctly. But what about the contestants who didn't make it?

According to TIME, these tough words knocked them out:

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First to drop out slipped up on “skittish.” Almeda Pennington spelled it “scittish.”

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Mary Coddens mixed up “cosmos,” the universe, with “cosmas,” a flower.

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“Propeller” was also one that got a contestant eliminated.

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“Blackguard” knocked out 10-year-old Patrick Kelly.

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“Statistician” was the word that stumped Mary Daniel.

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“Moribund” and “valuing” were both words that some of the world’s best spellers in 1925 just couldn’t get right.

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As challenging as these sound, cracking down and studying seems to pay off. Nowadays the first place winner receives $40,000, among other prizes.

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