The News-Review will sponsor the 42nd annual Douglas County Spelling Bee on April 13th.

A set of spelling words will appear on this page every week through March 2nd. The weekly word lists can also be accessed online at by entering “Spelling Bee” into the search field.

The county spelling bee champion will win a trophy and new computer system. Trophies and prizes will also be awarded through fourth place.

All public school, private school and home-schooled students in the fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Students wishing to enter elimination rounds in their district must sign up with their school’s spelling bee coordinator. Home-schooled students should contact the home school spelling bee coordinator at 541-679-1251.

The county spelling bee coordinator may be contacted at Questions regarding the weekly word lists may be addressed to or to The News-Review at 541-229-4315.


Inflexible — Rigid. “Nature’s laws are more inflexible than iron.”

Earnestly — With intent and serious manner. “Gerald performed his job so earnestly that his co-workers teased him by asking if he thought he was saving the world.”

Obscure — Not readily understood. “The idea the paragraph was trying to convey was expressed in an unnecessarily obscure way.”

Perplexing — That causes an agitated or confused mental condition. “Sylvia found English grammar terribly perplexing.”

Quench — Put out (as a fire or a light). “For three days the firefighters tried to quench the blaze.”

Ignite — Set afire: kindle. “Alejandro used a cigarette lighter to ignite the pile of fatwood.”

Laser — A device that utilizes the natural oscillations of atoms or molecules between energy levels for generating, coherent electromagnetic radiation. “The surgeon used a laser to make the incision.”

Acrobat — One who performs gymnastic feats or exercises. “Paul is developing the skills of a first-rate acrobat.”

Gorilla — An anthropoid ape of the forest region of equatorial West Africa. “The behavior of the gorilla has been extensively studied by anthropologists and zoologists.”

Weasel — Any of various small slender active carnivorous mammals that are mostly reddish brown with white or yellowish underparts and in northern forms turn white in winter. “In the snow the white fur of the weasel camouflages it against attacks by hawks or owls.”

Malady — A disease, distemper, disorder, or indisposition of the body proceeding from impaired or defective functions. “In the 14th century, the malady known as The Black Death swept across Europe, leaving about 25 million people dead.”

Fracture — The breaking of hard tissue (as bone). “Mike’s fall off the ladder resulted in the fracture of his thighbone.”

Rattlesnake — Any of numerous pit vipers that have a series of interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when vibrated. “Mr. Bergson’s valuable stallion died last summer after being bitten by a rattlesnake.”

Zeal — Impassioned eagerness. “Russell entered into his new job with great zeal.”

Blizzard — A severe and prolonged snow storm. “Last winter many cattle perished in a blizzard.”

Swagger — Conduct oneself in an arrogant manner. “Dave seemed to swagger slightly as he got up from his final exam.”

Intensity — Extreme or very high degree : extreme strength, force, or energy. “Gino was astonished at the little flashlight’s intensity.”

Stifling — Producing suffocation or repression. “The stifling smell of cigar smoke killed Ashley’s appetite.”

Nostril — Either of the outer openings of the nose. “In some cultures, a pierced nostril adorned with a ring is considered attractive.”

Waft — Bear along on or as if on a buoyant medium. “As the aroma of coffee started to waft into the room, Mary woke up.”

Whisk — Transport swiftly: hurry, speed. “The celebrity had his bodyguards whisk him past the crowd.”

Careen — Cause (a boat) to lean over on one side (as on a beach) making the other side accessible for repairs below the waterline. “The crew decided to haul the boat onto the beach and careen it so that they could repair the hull.”

Lengthwise — In the direction of the length. “The subway passenger opened his paper and expertly folded it lengthwise.”

Proximity — The quality or state of being close. “The Fletchers bought the house on Vine Street because of its proximity to neighborhood schools.”

Sociable — Enjoying companionship. “The dolphin is one of the most sociable creatures known to man.”

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