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Most Enthusiastic Spelling Bee Contestant Ever Shouts "I Know It!" Before Misspelling Word

Jacob Williamson may have lost the National Spelling Bee after misspelling "kabaragoya," but he won a lot of hearts over his unbridled love of words.

Posted on May 29, 2014, at 10:16 p.m. ET

At the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, 15-year-old Jacob Williamson was the clear favorite of Twitter followers for his sheer enthusiasm for spelling.

If you need some unbridled joy in your life, tune into the #spellingbee to watch Jacob get a word right.

holly worthy@hworthy

If you need some unbridled joy in your life, tune into the #spellingbee to watch Jacob get a word right.

3:14 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Please give me a word I know," Williamson excitedly told bee Pronouncer Jacques Bailly before getting "euripus" on Wednesday.

Jacob replied: "I know it! Greek, right?" Yes, came the answer, and Williamson quickly spelled the word correctly.

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

On Wednesday night, Williamson also aced his word "carcharodont."

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The competition Wednesday featured 281 spellers from around the world and Williamson was one of just 12 finalists who advanced.

AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

But he was eliminated Thursday night, after shouting with excitement "I know it, I totally know it!" and misspelling "kabaragoya."

Twitter was clearly disappointed by Williamson's lost.

Jacob Williamson misspells. Jacob screams. Twitter explodes. The #SpellingBee is down to 6 spellers. @ScrippsBee

Natalie DiBlasio@ndiblasio

Jacob Williamson misspells. Jacob screams. Twitter explodes. The #SpellingBee is down to 6 spellers. @ScrippsBee

3:21 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Holy shit. Crushed we are all crushed. #TeamJacob #spellingbee

Allison Rockey@AllisonRockey

Holy shit. Crushed we are all crushed. #TeamJacob #spellingbee

3:20 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jacob is eliminated! #spellingbee

Spencer Wagen@SpencerWagen

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jacob is eliminated! #spellingbee

3:20 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Although some were quick to criticize William's self-assurance:

"I KNOW THIS ONE!" Actually, no, you don't. #SpellingBee

Sean Quinn@sdquinn

"I KNOW THIS ONE!" Actually, no, you don't. #SpellingBee

3:20 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

lesson learned.. dont get too cocky #spellingbee

I wonder if Jacob knows how to spell HUBRIS #spellingbee

diana@dianarbol

I wonder if Jacob knows how to spell HUBRIS #spellingbee

3:20 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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