Machiavellian

I used the word ‘Machiavellian’ in an email. Back came the response:

Q: How in the hell did you spell Machiavellian?

A: I was one of those irksome kids who took to spelling naturally. Four years of high school Latin and a voracious reading habit helped. But, no spelling bees. You can still trip me up on the trick words and totally obscure use-me-only-for-spelling-bee words.

I’m above average on crossword puzzles but no Expert medals here. Crossword words are not spelling bee words.

And the answer is: I just happened to know ‘Machiavelli’.

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