10 More Words the Teacher on Scrabble Thinks I Should Know


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A couple of weeks ago I wrote my first blog about 10 words the teacher on Scrabble thinks I should know. You can read that here if you would like. Since that time, the teacher has given me many more suggestions, so I can see that this is going to turn into a serial blog. I won’t subject you to all of the words he suggests, just the ones that look interesting to me.

  1. azonic–Not confined to any particular zone or region–not local. Ok, I get that and can see that it may actually be useful. I guess if I were thinking about prefixes and suffixes, I would have guessed the meaning on this one.
  2. aliquant–This is a math term now rarely used–something about dividing. Don’t think I’ll find a use for this one in my vocab.
  3. icones–Best I can  tell this is Italian or Latin, probably for icon. Okay. I like this one because in this age of iPod, iPhone, iPad I’m always trying to play an iSomething word.
  4. olingo–Ha! I love this one–it’s a howler monkey! I thought it had something to do with linguistics. 😀
  5. xyst–A long narrow exercise area, or a garden path. The exercise thing was used mainly in winter or stormy weather for athletes to exercise in.
  6. vext–This just means vex–to trouble or baffle. Who knew this was a form of vex? Not me.
  7. gestic–An adjective related to body movements or gestures, especially dancing. I like this one very much, too.
  8. jeon–The chon of South Korea. Huh?
  9. epiboly–The growth of a rapidly dividing group of cells around a more slowly dividing group of cells. I’m hoping I don’t ever have to know or use this one.
  10. phui–Phooey! Fooey! Urban Dictionary says: a term used to show how stupid you are when said in random context. This one is my favorite of this list just because it’s fun to say!

So there you have it–10 more Scrabble teacher words. I’m increasing my vocabulary. Sorta.

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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!

Disembodied Scrabble aka Words with Friends


I like Words with Friends. Really, I do. I like online Scrabble, too. But there’s something just a little weird and disjointed about these disembodied games with no human interaction.

I get the concept of being able to play at your leisure at a time most convenient to your schedule. That’s cool. However, sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who misses the human touch of a person physically sitting across the board from me.

I understand that online there is the chat feature, but I’ve noticed that players rarely use it, including me.

Is it so hard to communicate with the opponent? Is it too much trouble? Does it take too much time?

Probably all of the above–particularly the time aspect if you are playing 8 games at once. I mean, really–how on earth could you carry on a running conversation with that many people?

Oh, I know–you could if you were willing to take the time, and time is just not an entity to be parsed out freely to the online world.

Or is it? I think I’ll give it a try.