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One year ago, close to our one year blog-iversary, I wrote this post.  It was fun.   Too much fun.   This year, my friends and I decided to get together with our beloved husbands and have a friendly Scrabble competition in honor of National Scrabble Day (April 13th).   I’ll leave you to guess which husband/wife team came out victorious.    When we were finished with the normal game, we created this:



We ran out of “R’s,” (Oh, the horror!), but had fun anyway.   Wish you could have joined us!


J-E-A-N-N-E-T-T-E, C-H-R-I-S-T-I-N-A, and C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N


Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Heart of Darkness, The Blog



Another Use for that Z-Tile

touzling – v.  rare spelling of tousling, to rumple or dishevel

Classical Usage:  After Tom Loeker is shot and shoved by our friends George and Phineas they rescue him and bring him to Grandmam Dorcas Stephens.  We don’t see him again for another 18 chapters.  Tom Loeker we left groaning and touzling in a most immaculately clean Quaker bed, under the motherly supervision of Aunt Dorcas who found him to the full as tractable a patient as a sick bison.

Classically Mad Usage:  The best news from my research of this obscure vocabulary is that although the definition is not readily available, it’s a completely legitimate Scrabble word.

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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Uncle Tom's Cabin


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Triple Word Tyro

tyro – n. a beginner

Classic Usage:  Melville knew his audience, we’re just a bunch of whaling amateurs.  We can hardly argue with him when he labels us, “At any time it is a strange sight to the tyro to see with what wondrous habitude of unconscious skill the whaleman will maintain an erect posture in his boat . . . “

Classically Mad Usage:  Despite numerous online games of Lexulous with my mother, I’m afraid I will appear quite a tyro this evening while playing Scrabble with Jeannette.  I sure hope my new vocabulary knowledge helps me.


Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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I Had Way Too Much Fun With This

In honor of National Scrabble Day (April 13th):

Thank you very much.

A few notes:

1.  This is one of my favorite games.

2.  That might just be a glass of chardonnay left over from Easter that you see in the picture.

3.  There are way too many “Q’s” in words found in Moby Dick.

4.  I realize that “Tashtego” and “Cetology” would be impossible plays in a real game of Scrabble, but I couldn’t resist.

5.  Go play some Scrabble with a friend.


Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Moby-Dick