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Merriam-Webster reveals the hardest words to spell in the English language

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is set to kick off in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, with America's brainiest students battling it out for a $50,000 prize. 

And ahead of the competition, Merriam-Webster has revealed the words most likely to send students packing in the final round of the competition. 

The company partnered with language app Babbel to analyze a decade's worth of data from previous Spelling Bees in order to uncover the most commonly misspelled words - and the results were surprising. 

In a press release, Merriam Webster's Peter Sokolowski revealed that words derived from the French language were most likely to eliminate entrants. 

Partnering with Babel, Merriam-Webster has revealed the words most likely to send students packing in the final round of the competition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

He explained: 'English has always borrowed words from other languages, and once they are found in our dictionaries they are considered to be English words'.

While some French words on the list are pastries, they're much much harder to spell than both baguette or croissant.   

Merriam Webster's list includes clafouti (a baked dessert consisting of a layer of fruit)  and pissaladière (a pastry topped with olives, onions and anchovies).

Merriam Webster's list includes clafouti, which is a baked dessert consisting of a layer of fruit

MOST COMMON MISSPELLED WORDS OF FRENCH ORIGIN 

Bourrée: a ballet combination that consists of small crossing steps

Clafouti: a dessert consisting of a layer of fruit (such as cherries) topped with batter and baked

Gaillardia: any plant or flower of a genus of western American herbs having hairy foliage and long stalked flower heads with showy rays

Paillasson: coarsely woven natural or synthetic straw used for hats

Pissaladière: an open-faced pastry topped with olives, onions and anchovies

Réseau: a group of meteorological stations under common direction or cooperating in some common purpose

Sarrusophone: a metal wind instrument with a double reed and a tube of wide conical bore played like the bassoon

Zenaida: any bird of a genus of tropical American pigeons that has one species reaching the West Indies and formerly the Florida coast and one occurring in the southwestern United States

 SOURCE: Merriam-Webster

Meanwhile, words of a Germanic origin are also the undoing of many students who make it to the final round.  

Words that capture specific human emotions, and that are of German origin, are often used in everyday conversation, including wanderlust and schadenfraude. 

But competitors have been booted after failing to accurately spell less frequently used words, such a bewusstseinslage (a feeling devoid of the senses) and schwärmerei (a feeling of excessive enthusiasm). 

Meanwhile, many of the most common dog breeds are also of German origin, and their names have become picked up in the English language. 

These include dachshund, schnauzer and doberman. 

But many contestants are unable to spell out the name of more rare breed of German dog - the drahthaar. 

The wire-haired pointer has sent several students home from the competition across the past ten years. 

Many contestants were unable to spell out drahthaar - a breed of dog originating in Germany 

MOST COMMON MISSPELLED WORDS OF GERMAN ORIGIN 

Bewusstseinslage: a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components

Drahthaar: a dog of a German breed of wire-haired pointers

Hallenkirche: a Gothic church especially in Germany in which in place of the clerestory the aisles are extended to nearly the height of the nave

Schefflera: any of several shrubby tropical plants that are cultivated for their showy digitately compound foliage

Schwärmerei: excessive unbridled enthusiasm or attachment

Schwyzer: a breed of large hardy brown dairy cattle originating in Switzerland

Vitrophyre: rock having distinct crystals (as of feldspar, quartz or augite) in a relatively fine-grained glassy base

SOURCE: Merriam-Webster 

The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held in Washington, D.C. this coming weekend

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