weltschmerz Sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism.
thats the word that stumped the 2nd place girl....
ursprache a parent language especially one reconstructed from the evidence of later languages (thats the winning word )
What gets me is that those two words and a couple of others I heard were used in this spelling bee are German. What are they doing in an American spelling bee? Will next years champion win because he/she knew how to spell something in that African click/pop language?