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Drake gets a mention in US Spelling Bee

Most recently in town for the now-defunct Future Music Festival, rapper-heartthrob Drake’s influence is spreading farther than the hip hop world, it seems. Would-be emcee’s might be inspired by the Canadian artist, and apparently, so are the writers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. That’s right – Drake was used as a clue in explaining the meaning of a Spelling Bee word: bacchius.

Contestant Dev Jaiswal was having trouble spelling the word (which means “metrical foot of three short syllables, the first short, the other two long,” by the way,) and asked the judge use it in a sentence.

In a display of pop-savvy knowledge beyond most judges capabilities, Official pronouncer Jacques Bailey said “Rumour has it that Drake’s next mixtape contains a rap in which every verse begins and ends with a bacchius.”

It seemed the mention of Drake provided Jaiswal that much needed burst of spelling clarity, because he was able to successfully spell the word, but was not so lucky with the word iridocyclitis.

Drake, obviously chuffed with his mention in the Spelling Bee, posted this video on Instagram.


A video posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on May 28, 2015 at 6:20pm PDT

Check out the full video below Jaiswal nailing it.