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Watch These Kids Dab On 'Em At The Scripps National Spelling Bee

More like ~spell~ on ‘em, right?

Posted on May 27, 2016, at 1:10 p.m. ET

The Scripps National Spelling Bee — perhaps the most riveting annual sports event ESPN has to offer — drew to a close Thursday night after awarding its third consecutive tie, this year to 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar and *11-year-old* Nihar Janga, the youngest kid ever to win the bee.

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WYD, literally everyone else who hasn't accomplished this feat?

As with spelling bees of yore, this year’s competition was filled with all the quintessential nail-biting moments…

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And priceless facial expressions of deep thought…

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And, sometimes, even a little flexing, all in the spirit of healthy competition, of course.

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But a new trend emerged at this year’s bee, one inspired by a certain irresistibly charming Carolina Panthers quarterback.

After correctly executing words like “condignly,” “bathos,” and “nagelfluh,” several savvy spellers celebrated by dabbing for the crowd.

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The Carolina Panthers took notice.

Expect angry letters, kids. https://t.co/ZiDSFZUS8T

Slay on, spellers!

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