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This teenage spelling champion turned into the biggest meme on Vine

I-R-I-D-O…

MEET SPELLING champion Dev Jaiswal.

The Mississippi teenager placed 5th in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May this year. He exited the competition when he misspelled ‘iridocyclitis‘ – meaning an inflammation of the eye.

He also stole the show with his gentlemanly reaction to losing out:

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In the weeks after the spelling competition, the video of Dev’s moment of glory racked up hundreds of thousands of views.

It was also posted on Vine…

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… where it swiftly got remixed…

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… and became a huge meme.

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Like, a REALLY popular meme.

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In short order, Dev Jaiswal got a hip-hop tribute.

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Joined Destiny’s Child.

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Remixed Fetty Wap.

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And became the voice of Stitch.

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Among other things.

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Things got pretty weird, pretty fast.
https://vine.co/v/erWi69AEEMw

But on one issue there was unity: Dev Jaiswal is a king among men.
https://vine.co/v/e1Fv6dJ75Px

Congratulations on winning Vine, AND our hearts. And providing the internet with the hardest-to-spell hashtag that has ever existed.
https://vine.co/v/eHQDJWw1gxI

#IRIDOCYCLITIS.

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