Watch Arvind Mahankali Spell 'Knaidel' to Win 2013 Spelling Bee
The German-derived Yiddish word, which means dumpling, was bittersweet for Mahankali (try spelling that five times fast), who had placed third in the last two-consecutive Bees after misspelling words with German origins. This led to the creation of the so-called "German curse," which Mahankali (seriously, that's hard to spell) finally broke last night.
"The German curse," Mahankali said, "has turned into a German blessing."
With a victory Thursday, Mahankali -- who became the first New York native in 16 years to win the Bee -- took home a giant trophy, as well as over $30,000 in cash and prizes.