Second-place winner Nada Bader, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Crestwood Middle School, met her downfall with the word "conniption" - a fit of rage, hysteria or alarm.
The question is who coined conniption and under what circumstances.
For now, I trudge on, work hard, and think about all the things I have to get done by Monday without having some kind of conniption fit.
It is such a remarkably fierce-looking creature that it has received many names that are neither complimentary nor beautiful, such as conniption bug, alligator, and dragon, and numerous others equally expressive.
She knows how to spell "conniption," too, and that's what earned the Charleston Middle School seventh-grader the title at the Regional Spelling Bee.