: one who writes fiction, especially lower literary-quality novels in great abundance
FICTIONEER differs from FICTIONIST, which, though outdated, refers to writers of higher quality fiction.
: learning, knowledge
On this, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, here’s a short list of some Scrabble words that are also Shakespearian characters.
- ARIEL: a gazelle found in Africa
- DOGBERRY: the fruit of a dogwood tree
- HAMLET: a village
- LEAR: learning
- LOTHARIO: a man who behaves irresponsibly or selfishly in his relationships
- PUCK: a disk used in ice hockey and other games
- ROMEO: a seductive male, a male lover
- SHYLOCK: to lend money with a high interest rate (offensive)
Am I missing any?
: an alternate spelling of pumpkin
Yeah…I know, right?
: one who tells the inside information about something, often a sporting event
FYI Pronounced dope-ster, not dopest-er.
: a card game similar to whist
Contrary to what the name might suggest, the game was actually invented in France in the 1770’s, perhaps taking the name to incorporate shades of the excitement (and anti-British zeal?) of the city at that time.
BOSTON is one of those nouns usually thought of as proper (the city of Boston, or the type of waltz known as the Boston) but which is playable as a common noun—in this case because of boston the card game. BOSTONS is also playable.
As a New Yorker, I prefer the common noun to the proper noun. Actually, the game sounds like it might be fun. Maybe I’ll try to learn how to play.
: one who habitually uses marijuana
Yep, POTHEAD is a playable Scrabble word. And as it’s a 7-letter bingo, your high score will help you smoke your competition.
: the color of blood
Here’s a shot of the so-called “blood moon” (and Mars) from Monday night. Not sure if it’s exactly bloodred but maybe.
Speaking of which, here’s a trivia question: can you name the three planets whose names are playable?
Answer below the photo.
Answer: MERCURY, EARTH, MARS
: a type of gazelle found in found in southwestern Africa.
The opening information at Wikipedia gives some great info:
It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. The common name “springbok” comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat.
The specific epithet marsupialis (Latin: marsupium, “pocket”) derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong scent of sweat. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking from the Afrikaans meaning to boast or show off.
Here’s a video of the pocket in action as the SPRINGBOKS STOTTING around. (Unfortunately, “pronking” is not playable.)
: a ghost, an apparition
EIDOLON is a Greek word, so it has an unusual plural, EIDOLA, beside from the English traditional pluralization, EIDOLONS.
And EIDOLON happens to a bingo: bonus!
Here’s some more about EIDOLON from Wikipedia.
And here’s Walt Whitman’s poem, Eidolons.
: a Polish coin (also GROSZE) (plural: GROSZY)
[A GROSZ is worth 1/100 of a ZLOTY, which is valued at about 1/3 of a US dollar, putting the GROSZ’s value at about 1/3 of a US cent.
In case you were wondering–and I know you are–a gross (a dozen dozen) GROSZ would be worth valued at about $0.47 today.)]
: a smallish species of sub-Saharan antelope
: a plural form of “duo”
[As in, the “The program for tonight’s concert includes performances by three DUI.”]
: a smallish insectivorous mammal found in eastern and southern Africa
[“aard” means “earth” in Africaans/Dutch]
: a sound used to convey disgust or dismay (also AARRGH, AARGH)