Friday, 3 April 2020

Scrabble's weird and wonderful words

Words are amazing. We use them in so many ways.

Talking - my friends say it's non-stop in my case.

Reading - but am I the only one who sniffs a books before reading it?

Writing - I certainly do lots of that.

Playing games - do children still play hangman?

TV programmes - how many years has Countdown been running?

Crosswords - especially cryptic ones.

But this blog isn't about any of the above.  It's about SCRABBLE.

I play friendly Scrabble. No way would I want the stress of championship tournament Scrabble. I'm not good enough anyway. These championship players know all manner of unusual words that are included in the UK Scrabble lexicon.

Did you know that:

FALAJ is a water channel

QANAT is an underground channel

CEZVE is a small metal coffee pot

VUGH is a small rock cavity

DOHL is a drum

AROHA is a Maori word for love

If you've too many vowels then how about:

EOAN relating to the dawn
ZOEA crab larva

If you've no vowels how about:

PFFT to suddenly disappear
TYG a two-handled mug

If you have any satisfyingly obscure Scrabble words to add to this list then do please share...


  1. I was thinking of the words played online with Words With Friends. It won’t accept some normal words but accepts some that when I google them they have no meaning.

    1. And some of the words accepted on Words with Friends aren't allowed on Scrabble. It's confusing. I hope you're keeping safe, Anne xx

  2. Words With Friends has made me question my abilities with the English language.

    1. I'm not surprised. I think their word list is a bit suspect. Stay safe, Joanne. I hear it's pretty bad over there - not too good here either to be honest!

  3. Hi Ros - I always enjoyed Scrabble, but would rather play it with people ... those are fun words I didn't know and am sure I won't remember ... whenever a game of scrabble arises again. I think they're still playing hangman ... but so far I'm knuckling down doing other things!! Take care of you and yours ... all the best - Hilary

    1. Thanks, Hilary, I wish I could knuckle down to something useful. I'm going to be angry with myself when this is all over but I just can't concentrate for long on anything. You stay safe too.

  4. I love scrabble and use my iPad. No novel words to share.


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