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  • A linguist’s take on the knaidel/kneydl controversy

    June 10, 2013 | 10:01 am

    As a linguist who studies Yiddish-influenced English, I’ve had a busy week. As soon as Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel,” the messages began to arrive. On facebook, through email, and in person, my friends, relatives, and colleagues...

  • How do you spell knaidel?

    May 31, 2013 | 9:10 am

    An Indian-American boy won a national spelling contest after correctly spelling a Yiddish-derived word.

    Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by spelling the word “knaidel,” a traditional Jewish dumpling. Mahankali...

  • The Word of the Day Is Knaidel

    By Rob Eshman

    May 31, 2013 | 5:58 am

    How do you spell knaidel?  M-a-t-z-o-h B-a-l-l.

    The word that 13 year-old Arvind Mahankali from Queens, NY spelled to clinch the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship last night is German for a small mass of dough.  But its most common meaning in America is matzo ball.

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