Sunday, May 29, 2005

Word Wars


The 17th Annual Seattle Scrabble Tournament is happening at the downtown Red Lion Hotel this weekend. My favorite Scrabble word? It uses all the vowels (AEIOU), a Q and an S. Do you know what it is? Posted by Hello

10 comments:

Ivy said...

Sequoia.

Steven D. Schroeder said...

I was going to guess "aqueous" until I realized it didn't have a flipping "i"--that would still be a cool word to play in Scrabble too though.

Peter said...

Yeah Ivy: Bingo!
Steve: Yes, AQUEOUS is great, and uses five vowels (two U's). I also like AQUARIA, AUREOLA, AURORAE, EULOGIA, MIAOUED, OUABAIN, ROULEAU, and URAEMIA (some of the common 7-letter "vowel-dumps.")

Pamela said...

What about inaqueous? I sometimes transcribe for a pathologist who refers to this all the time...

Pamela said...

But you would have to build that one up, since it's longer than 7 letters...

Peter said...

Yes Pamela: if there were a U and N on the board in the right locations: you'd have it.

Ivy said...

Yay! I love that word. Also, 'facetious' uses all the vowels in order. There's another word that does that but I can't remember it.

One of my favourite words to say in my head is marmoreal.

Ivy said...

Oh, yeah, abstemious is the other one.

And apparently housemaid uses all the letters, too.

I like this one: ELUCIDATED-DELICATUDE [Dual words (interchange vowels and consonants)]

Sorry I posted thrice... just enthused. :-)

Peter said...

Oh Ivy: I love this word play!

Here's a scrabble poem: made using only the 98 scrabble tiles plus the two blanks:

Scrabble Poem

Is qiviut an icy hut?
Zabajone a dessert
resembling custard? Think
word game — dry
aeolian lingo we
outfox, peeve,
or fail.

Ivy said...

Groovy poem!

Bought a secondhand Scrabble set recently but didn't discover until the end that the blanks were missing -- d'oh!