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.

My 10 Favorite iPhone Apps

I’ve been neck-deep in the iPhone app store all day, so after plowing through descriptions of dozens of apps, I wondered just what my favorites are that I use all the time. Here’s the list:

  1. Words with Friends–I currently only have three games going, but I’ve had as many as 9 or 10. My daughter and a caching friend are my most reliable opponents. My DH pretty much refuses to play anyone any more.

    121 Point Word!

  2. Scrabble–My caching friend is the one who plays me on this one. I love the teacher’s faces. It’s great when I get the big smiley face. It’s ego-crushing when I get the horrified face!
  3. Geocaching–This app can’t be beat if I don’t have my GPS and I’m in a 3G area where this one will work. I used it just the other day.
  4. Grocery IQ–My DH & I finally got the syncing thing figured out on this one, and it works like a charm. I love that you can scan the bar code on a product and add it to the favorites.
  5. Notes–I use this app to take notes and then email them to whomever.
  6. iBooks–It’s books. I’m an English major. What more is there to say?
  7. Kindle–It’s books. I’m an English major. As Thomas Jefferson said, “I cannot live without books.”
  8. Holy Bible–It’s THE book. Plus, it has tons of translations.
  9. Groovy Grader–If you are a teacher, you must have this! Put in the number of questions, and it will compute all the possible scores for you.
  10. Nike+ GPS–When I’m actually walking outside, I love this app. I can listen to music, track my walk, and know how far I walked. I also get voice prompts. It’s awesome!

I know I included two word games on this list, so of course Angry Birds should be on here, but I’ll do a game list another day.