I’ve always loved big words. My first job application letter barely made sense. I clearly ascribed to the “Why use a standard word when a descriptive verb of excessive and astronomical proportions will consistently surpass a miniature and insubstantially sized but evidentially adequate one?” copywriting philosophy.
Now that I read dictionaries less often and I’ve found other ways to demonstrate my value to society (ha!) I’m discovering a whole new world of words.
Namely 2 and 3 letter words that fit into tight spaces on virtual scrabble boards.
These in particular amused me enough to printscreen:
Dal – an Indian food made of lentils, a letter in the Arabic alphabet, a TLA for data access layer, a town in Norway or a fictional alien race.
Uta – a genus of lizard, a skin disease, an Italian municipality or an Indonesian seaside village and an acronym for the Utah Transit Authority. And I thought I was just making these up.
Aga – a species of black crow, a heated cooking device, or the American Gaming Association. Not to be confused with that agar stuff in petri dishes.
I really didn’t expect to get away with these two, much less at the same time:
Re – could be regarding Indian currency, or an initialisation for rare earth or possibly refer to the Egyptian word for mouth.
La – is quite clearly a note to follow So, plus the feminine singular definite article in many romance languages.
Squab – is domesticated pigeon and the tasty meat thereof. I didn’t know this word until Words With Friends approved it. I was vaguely thinking about squibs from Harry Potter and swabbing the deck of pirate ships. I really like it though.
Sometimes i’m entertained for different reasons. Like:
And the hidden message in this one:
(In case you missed it = Udo – Japanese perennial plant often included in miso soup, it also stands for Ultra Density Optical and is a common historical name from the middle ages, usually refering to someone with a lot of cash.)
And then there are some words I still don’t get:
Weel – I just thought weel was Scots for well, and weel, I still cannae find any evidence to the contrary and dinnae ken why Words With Friends let me use it.
What websites or activities expand your vocabulary?