For them, and others who might enjoy a form of public humiliation, or those who simply must have redemption, there is a bi-monthly adult spelling bee at Denver's Hanson's Grill and Tavern.
It is all you might imagine it would be, and more.
There is some drinking; there is lots of yelling, cheering and enthusiastic, and sometimes slow and embarrassed spelling - an activity that is not necessarily expected at a bar.
"Hello, welcome everybody to the spelling bee tonight, thank you for coming down," Mark Buechler told the crowd.
Buechler calls himself the spell master. The marketing major came up with the idea to host the Spelling Bee(r) at Hanson's as a way to get customers on the bar's second floor about a year ago.
"If you spell the word correctly, see us up here for a free beer," he said.
On this particular Saturday night, 30 people are signed up. Michele Morrison, a college English teacher, was one of them.
Even though she teaches English, she was not sure that gave her an advantage.
"I'm a product of Microsoft spell check and I'm a horrible to be perfectly honest," she said.
Morrison did make it through a few rounds but was no match to Brad Mann.
The 23-year-old English major is a self-professed "stickler for spelling."
He has been participating in Hanson's Spelling Bee(r) for a while.
Mann swears in third grade he was robbed of spelling bee glory.
"[I] was just so spiteful," Mann said. "I remember watching public access and seeing one of my classmates at the county spelling bee. And just being like, 'Damn, why am I not there? I should be there!''"
Buechler's Spelling Bee(r) is Mann's chance to make things right. He has won first place three or four times, but says he cannot get enough.
Thankfully for Mann, Buechler keeps hosting them.
"I enjoy publicly humiliating people," he joked.
Despite the location of this event, the rules and words are serious.
"I take words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee," Buechler said. "The words start out fairly easy, usually seventh to eighth grade level. It gets serious. Of course, I have to step up the game every time."
Here is a list of some of the words that were used: eligible, paralyzed, jewelry, raspberry, authentic, mutton and impervious.
And there is more than just beer at stake.
"People are like, 'You have trophies?'" Buechler said. "They got all excited. 'If I can win a trophy, I'm playing for sure!'"
The trophies are really not related to anything "spelling." Saturday, Buechler gave away a car show trophy and one that would reward a female soccer player for a good game.
"Doesn't matter what it is, people just like trophies," he said.
In the end, Mann was up against Dan Robinson, an academic advisor in the Psychology Department at the University of Colorado.
He did not know Robinson had a couple of degrees on him.
The last several rounds were tough.
Robinson was using all the old spelling bee tricks, writing out his words in his hand.
For Mann, the third-grade, ugly-sweater-your-mom-made-you-wear moments were all coming back
Robinson won on the word chthonic. It is pronounced THON-ick and it means dwelling in or under the earth.
And after his second-place finish, Mann still could not let his third-grade loss go.
"I'm coming back, yeah, of course," he said with a smile.
The next Spelling Bee(r) is on Saturday. For more information, visit www.spellingbeer.com.
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