10 Words the Teacher on Scrabble Thinks I Should Know


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Playing online Scrabble with the Scrabble app on my iPhone challenges my brain which is very good, and one reason I like to play is the teacher component. Lord have mercy that teacher face provokes a variety of emotions in me–anticipation, fear, dread, hope.

After I enter my word, I wonder what face I’ll get from the teacher. Sometimes it’s the flatline lip face. Sometimes it’s a smile. Sometimes I get the big smile with all the teeth. I like that one the most, of course. Then, there’s the dreaded horrified face! I’ve gotten that one a few times and it always makes me scared to put in my next word lest I draw that awful face again!

Sometimes I know the word he suggests, but most of the time I’m like, “What? Huh? Never heard of that one!” And I have a reasonably decent vocabulary.

Without further ado, here are 10 of the words the teacher has suggested recently.

  1. deodara—an East Indian cedar–Really? I’m supposed to have Indian vocabulary?
  2. booribi—not in the dictionary–Humph.
  3. roosing—chiefly dialect–Yes, I use this one all the time.
  4. ulema—plural in construction–Ummm, yeah.
  5. aas—associate in applied science, or many other abbreviations–I didn’t think abbreviations were allowed!
  6. intine—the inner coat of a spore–Yea, buddy, this English teacher knows that word!
  7. maqui—an evergreen shrub in Southern California–Well, being in Alabama, I’m not quite familiar with that particular shrub.
  8. equivoke—an equivocal term, a pun, double meaning–This one I may have to remember since I like it!
  9. viremia—the presence of a virus in the blood–Don’t want to remember this one.
  10. bawtie—in Scotland, a name for a dog, and sometimes a hare–I kinda like the way this one rolls off the tongue. 😀

I’m planning on doing this topic again because there are so many odd words suggested by the teacher. If my vocabulary were as good as his, I’d win every game!

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2 Responses to 10 Words the Teacher on Scrabble Thinks I Should Know

  1. Turkishgirl says:

    Ha! Do you get a prize for knowing any these words? If so I win a prize 🙂
    Ulema probably derives Turkish (and or Arabic) and it means those who were specially trained in religion and law. Ulema served in the Ottoman palaces alongside the Sultans.

    PS: All through high school they kept telling us that “maqui” was the native flora of the Mediterranean region… Never occurred to me that this was how you spell it in English!

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