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Hilarious: Teacher Video Gives Spelling Test a Whole New Twist (Ellen loves him!)

One teacher’s April Fool’s Day joke turned into a hilariously viral video.

When teacher Joe Dombrowski gave his students at Royal Oak Elementary School in Michigan a surprise spelling test the kiddos were none too happy.

Not only were the students unhappy to have a test (what kid actually likes these little pop quizzes?), but they were also not so thrilled at the words their teacher was giving them.

After the quiz, Dombrowski turned on the video camera and caught what followed. Instead of real words, the teacher gave his students a set of completely made up words with impossibly odd spellings. He added in random silent letters at the ends of some words, hyphens and even an umlaut.

The teacher went carefully through each spelling, giving definitions such as, “ChChCh. The horse was angry so I said chchch.”

Just in case you missed any of the fabulous funny words, here’s a master list with definitions:

  • Blorskee- I lost my blorskee at a carnival.
  • Tangateen- I eat spaghetti with a tangateen.
  • Speekuzslmn- Look, there’s a speekuzslmn.
  • Wazamata- Students said they were sick, I said, “Wazamata with you?”
  • Slipert- Be careful when you’re sleeping, there might be a slipert in your house.
  • Chchch- The horse was angry so I said chchch.
  • Rol-aska-tox- Rol-aska-tox was surprised when jinx took the crown.
  • Speenuch- My favourite food is speenuch and artichoke dup.
  • Shabolaskp- Be careful that you do not catch shabolaskp.
  • GURRR- My friend told me a secret and I said GURRR.

Keep this list handy. You can try your own April Fool’s Day joke next year with your kids at home. Or, just try it any day. Both you and your kiddo will get a good laugh out of it!

Jo has since appeared on the Ellen show and seems like to be the nicest guy ever – just like we imagined! See his appearance below.

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Erica Loop is a mum, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. Along with writing for websites such as PBS Parents,, Scary Mommy,, Modern Mom, and others, she also is the creator of a kids' activities and art blog.

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