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Christians online say 'koinonia' was an easy winning word for spelling bee

Sun 03 Jun 2018
By Cara Bentley

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:

The word is often used in America for small groups, school houses or church names. 

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