When I was getting ready for office this morning, I happened to watch a quiz/spelling contest for school kids on Nat Geo. The host (Cyrus Sahukar) was asking them to spell words, and the correct spelling was being displayed on screen for us, the viewers. The kids all looked pre-high-school.
The word was 'Colonel' and when the host pronounced the word, the girl spelled 'k-e-r-n-e-l'!
Unfortunately, they didn't accept her spelling. Not that tech savvy, huh!
Update: Kurian educated me with another (possibly more common) meaning for kernel - the softer, usually edible part contained in the shell of a nut or the stone of a fruit.