A year ago, we told you about the results of the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, a thrilling yearly "sports" event featuring the top young spellers of the United States that is broadcast live on ESPN, an American sports channel. Last year, the winner was a 13 year-old boy named Arvind Mahankali who took home the trophy by spelling the word knaidel, a Yiddish term meaning "dumpling".
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Shivashankar, the winner of 2009 competition.
Sriram won by correctly spelling stichomythia, which means "dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered in alternating lines (as in classical Greek drama)", while Ansun correctly spelled feuilleton, meaning "part of a European newspaper of magazine devoted to material disguised to entertain the general reader, or a feature section".
Both of the boys had been competitors in the big event in years past. They also each diplomatically stated after their joint win that they were pleased to share the trophy, though we imagine they may have secretly preferred to have all the glory to themselves.
In any case, sharing the title isn't so bad: they still both get the full set of winner's prizes, which this year included $30,000 cash, a U.S. savings bond worth $2,500, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, and $1,200 worth of reference works from Encyclopædia Brittanica! Not bad indeed.