Nigel Hayes

Nigel Hayes

Find Your Writing Niche: Nigel Hayes and Words

While writing a story to promote the Adult Spelling Bee in Brunswick County, N.C., I learned that Nigel Hayes, a University of Wisconsin basketball player, has the reputation at press conferences for using difficult words to spell. After Wisconsin defeated Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four Basketball tournament, he used the word “logorrhea.”

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines logorrhea as excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness. Hayes has said he uses difficult words to spell “Just to give the stenographer a hard time.”

His parents say that growing up, he was an avid reader, and his father said, “If it were up to him, he would’ve walked around with a Thesaurus all day.”

Other young men can improve their vocabulary and spelling by following in Hayes’ footsteps. Among the unusual words he has used are:

  • Cattywampus
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Soliloquy
  • Zephyr
  • Xylophone

A Google search calls up a myriad of stories. One is at


Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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