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The Greek New Testament word for Christian fellowship had the last word at a spelling bee in America.
The Scripp's National Spelling Bee in America was won by Karthick Nemmani, 14, from Texas after he was asked to spell 'koinonia'.
The Greek word is defined as 'Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians'.
Nemmani asked for the definition, the language of origin and if there were any alternative pronunciations before spelling it correctly and winning the competition.
However, Christians were joking online that it was too easy for believers:
If you grew up evangelical in the 90s you can totally spell koinonia because you had a crush on the drummer for a youth group band by that name. https://t.co/ZBOT6xPUUZ— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) June 1, 2018
Certainly every person @ManorChurch would have been able to win the National Spelling Bee last night based on our current Sunday series in Paul's letter to the Philippians. #Koinonia pic.twitter.com/dxLB1YMYG0— John Elton Pletcher (@JohnEPletcher) 1 June 2018
All the Christians freaking out about koinonia being the winning word in the Scripps Spelling Bee: pic.twitter.com/H8DkCT5dlV— megsistential crisis (@DextrousDebussy) June 3, 2018
Koinonia. I've taught Bible studies for years, and the word is an important concept: the fellowship of Believers (Acts 2:42-47). It also is the winning word in the 2018 National Spelling Bee.— Ron Orozco (@ronorozco_bee) June 3, 2018
I know what it is. We discuss it at church regularly.— Transparent (@grannyclear) June 3, 2018
Question for evangelical twitter: does it bother anyone else that virtually every news outlet cannot pronounce "koinonia"? The spelling bee judges pronounced it correctly, why can't ANY news outlet (from @NPR to @InsideEdition) do so? #koinonia #SpellingBee— Trey Medley (@MedleyTrey) June 3, 2018
The word is often used in America for small groups, school houses or church names.
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