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