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.
- deodara—an East Indian cedar–Really? I’m supposed to have Indian vocabulary?
- booribi—not in the dictionary–Humph.
- roosing—chiefly dialect–Yes, I use this one all the time.
- ulema—plural in construction–Ummm, yeah.
- aas—associate in applied science, or many other abbreviations–I didn’t think abbreviations were allowed!
- intine—the inner coat of a spore–Yea, buddy, this English teacher knows that word!
- maqui—an evergreen shrub in Southern California–Well, being in Alabama, I’m not quite familiar with that particular shrub.
- equivoke—an equivocal term, a pun, double meaning–This one I may have to remember since I like it!
- viremia—the presence of a virus in the blood–Don’t want to remember this one.
- 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!