Ursprache (noun) - a language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages. Also called a protolanguage. Pronounced UR-shprock-eh. It's been a year since a 14-year-old fainted during the U.S. National Spelling Bee finals. This year there was no fainting and the finals were on nationwide television for the first time. Disproving the saying "close but no cigar", the winner was 13-year-old Katharine ("Kerry") Close from New Jersey. Close won $42,500 in cash, books, savings bonds, and scholarships. That amount is as weird as the words she spelled! The final word was ursprache, which I'm sure you all use frequently in everyday conversation. I probably use it a few times a day, e.g., "Did you know that Simula was an ursprache for Java?" The runners-up had trouble with the words weltschmerz and icteritious, which I also use every day, e.g., "I'm feeling especially weltschmerz over my icteritious summer tan." I'm sure you use those words too.