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What's an evening like at the Lauderhill Scrabble® Club #276? 

Read John Thomason's June 2007 article which appeared in the Sun-Sentinel.

"Lauderhill Scrabble Club #276 is Not for Novices."





January 3, 2020

After 32 years of being your director of Scrabble Club 276, it saddens me to report that our club has now closed and is on an indefinite hiatus while Veterans Park is undergoing reconstruction for the next two years.

Lauderhill’s Parks and Recreation Department has been very good and accommodating to us during our 35 years there.  Other than a security deposit when I took over the club from Ann Robin, they did not charge us any additional money for use of the room each Wednesday night.  

This was important because most of the very low attendance fee that you paid each time you came went directly into all of the operating costs such as prizes, printing, web site, awards night, etc.

It would be very appreciated if any of you would take the time to look for another venue in which we could meet while Veterans Park is unavailable to us.

We would need to meet in Lauderhill or any of its surrounding areas such as Tamarac, Sunrise or Plantation. 

Do any of you have “connections” with a government official in any these surrounding areas to whom you could make inquiries or ask for suggestions? 

Be creative…check churches, synagogues, businesses that have large meeting rooms, clubs that have their own building, private schools, restaurants that have separate rooms, banquet halls, libraries, etc.

When checking out places, the following criteria is what we would need:

    1. First and most importantNO COST!  (Or so low that it could be totally covered by raising weekly dues.)
    2. Day and hours in evening (Wednesday nights where we could meet until at least 9:00 PM)
    3. Room with tables.
    4. Room that could accommodate between 20-30 during snowbird season and 14-20 during the other months.

If nothing pans out, hopefully we can resume our club in two years at Veterans Park.

Obviously, we will not be having our 31st Annual Scrabble Club #276 Awards Night this year, but within the next month or so, I will be posting all of this past year’s final stats along with the winners of the top categories, Most Improved Player, etc. on our Scrabble Club web site.   I will send all of you an email “alert” when our web site has been updated.

I hope that all of you continue to play Scrabble whether its at Tim’s Thursday night club, tournaments, house parties and/or on the internet!

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy new year.



On January 9, twenty-four of our Scrabble Club members congregated at their meeting place in Veterans Park, Lauderhill, Florida to attend our 30th Annual Awards Night and to cheer on their fellow players as numerous awards were presented!

As is her yearly tradition, DENA WEINSTEIN sent in some of her delicious home-baked goodies.  This year we were treated to yummy cupcakes for our 30th Annual Scrabble Club 276 Awards night! 

Once again, JED MARTINEZ cleverly prepared a Scrabble Board to welcome our members and guests to the evening's festivities!

Gifts of appreciation were given to my two Assistant Directors, LARRY GRADUS and HOWARD PISTOL for all of their help during the year. Other gifts of appreciation were given to some of our other members who also have helped me in different ways to ensure that our Awards Night would be a wonderful success.  CHERYL LEVIN, who opens up her office the Sunday before Awards Night to me so that I can make the multiple copies of all the stat booklets to distribute.  DENA WEINSTEIN, for all of the delicious treats that she sends into our club with IAN, not only on Awards Night but all year through.  TERESA SCHAEFFER, who takes many of our photos during Awards Night.  And much thanks also goes to MARTY ROSEN who also took many terrific photos during the evening!  

And last but not least, appreciation gifts were also given to the two wonderful woman, EVELYN and JOY
who work at Veterans Park and are so pleasant and helpful to us each week. 

L-R:  Joy, Evelyn

Before I started announcing our year's winners, SHEREEN WEINSTEIN took the floor and on behalf of the Scrabble Club #276 she said some lovely words and presented me with a gift of their appreciation.  I can't even begin to tell you how good it makes me feel when I read the names of the contributors on the gift card that showed me how much they appreciate all the hard work that goes into making our club such a fun place to attend all year long! 
Thanks, thank you - Page 16

Congratulations to all of our 
2018 winners

in the following categories:

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Raising his winning percentage by 12.25 %




Raising her winning percentage by 11.71%



Raising her winning percentage by 7.38 %

Sandee presenting certificate to Teresa Schaeffer


1st Place TIE



 2nd Place 3-Way TIE for 158 pts

CARL STOCKER tied himself with the words
"ENFORCED" & "UNVERSED" each 158 pts

 158 pts - MARTY ROSEN 


3rd Place - 141 pts


L-R:  Marty Rosen (also holding Carl Stocker's award), Ian Weinstein (also holding Michael Vacianna's award) Sandee Bloom

A "Bamdinger" is one word that scores 100 points or more!

There was a total of 65 Bamdingers played at our club during 2018 by 20 of our Scrabble players.  Only three of these 65 were phonies! 

Below are the winners who attended our 30th Awards Night proudly holding up their 2018 Bamdinger Certificates!

Back Row L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Howard Pistol, Marty Rosen, Fred Weinstein, 
Roy Kamen, Lewis Gornitz, John Thomason
Front Row L-R: Larry Gradus, Maddy Kamen, Sandee Bloom, Gerry Smith, 
Elaine Patterson, Joanne Cohen, Teresa Schaeffer

To view these 65 Bamdingers which were scored during 2018 and also all the other 100+ words in the "Bamdinger Hall of Fame" since our records began, please click on the link below.


1st Place 


        2nd Place -  HOWARD PISTOL - 7 BAMDINGERS



L-R:  Howard Pistol, Ian Weinstein, Roy Kamen




  JOANNE COHEN - 629 Pts

2nd Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 621 Pts
3rd Place - GERRY SMITH - 619 Pts

L-R:  Joanne Cohen, Ian Weinstein, Gerry Smith




  CONOR MUNRO - 453 Pts

2nd Place - MADDY KAMEN - 447 Pts
3rd Place - SANDEE BLOOM - 444 Pts

L-R:  Maddy Kamen, Sandee Bloom

2018 PLATEAU Certificates 
Total Winning Games 
at Scrabble Club 276

(The levels are 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000)

This year we had SEVEN who have either reached the first plateau of winning games or have upped their levels to the next plateau.  


FRED WEINSTEIN - 257 Winning Games

DIANNE KAPLAN - 117 Winning Games
ROY KAMEN - 115 Winning Games
MADDY KAMEN - 114.5 Winning Games
TERESA SCHAEFFER - 111 Winning Games
MERVET HEARTBERG - 108.5 Winning Games

PAUL IZIKOFF - 50 Winning Games

L-R:  Paul Izikoff, Fred Weinstein, Teresa Schaeffer, Roy Kamen, Maddy Kamen


 1st Place - ROY KAMEN  2.226

2nd Place - IAN WEINSTEIN             2.092

3rd Pace - MADDY KAMEN                2.000

L-R:  Ian Weinstein,  Maddy Kamen, Roy Kamen


1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 272
2nd Place - ROY KAMEN - 256
3rd Place - MADDY KAMEN - 220

 L-R: Ian Weinstein, Roy Kamen, Maddy Kamen

2018 MOST 400+ GAMES

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 96
2nd Place - ROY KAMEN - 78
3rd Place - MADDY KAMEN
 - 71

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Maddy Kamen, Roy Kamen

2018 MOST 500+ GAMES

1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 21

                       2nd Place - ROY KAMEN - 11

3rd Place - JOANNE COHEN - 10

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Joanne Cohen, Roy Kamen


1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN  
21 Consecutive Games!!!!

2nd Place: 12 Consecutive Games


3rd Place - 3-Way Tie:  8 Consecutive Games


Maddy & Roy Kamen


1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 441
2nd Place - ROY KAMEN - 426

3rd Place - MADDY KAMEN - 418

L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Roy Kamen, Maddy Kamen


1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN - 99
2nd Place - ROY KAMEN - 80
3rd Place - SANDEE BLOOM - 77.5

                                   L-R:  Ian Weinstein, Roy Kamen, Sandee Bloom


1st Place - IAN WEINSTEIN    .762

2nd Place - HOWARD PISTOL   .703

3rd Place - ROY KAMEN     .696

L-R:  Howard Pistol, Ian Weinstein, Roy Kamen

For many years, Ian has been our top-rated player!  

Since this was our special 30th Scrabble Award Night, I thought it would be interesting to find out how many of our players were able to win their games against Ian, the "Fasted Gun in the South."  

I presented Ian with a framed picture that lists his wins and losses against many of our players over the years.  This picture and information was also included in the packet of club statistics.


Congratulations to all of our members who received awards and thank you to our entire membership who help to make our Scrabble club such a fun, interesting and competitively challenging place to be every Wednesday night!

Packets of our 2018 club statistics and individual statistics were then handed out to all. 


As is my custom, along with the packets, I also gave a gift to all of our Scrabble Club players who have attended our club a number of times during the year.

This year I gave a multitasking gift to everyone.  Our players can now clearly fill out their Scrabble score sheets with a pen that has nice dark, easy-to-see ink and then they can turn that pen into a telescopic back scratcher!  How neat is that?!!!

Here's looking forward to another fun year at our Scrabble Club and wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2019!


Click on this link Club News Page
to see what ha
s been happening at Scrabble Club 276 during the months of February 2019 through March 2019.


The new 2019 Scrabble words have now gone 
into effect in tournament and club play.

If you would like to print out the newest 2-3 letter "Cheat Sheet" which has all the new additions in red font,  please click the following link.

The following list of new 2019 words was compiled
 by Harry Decker from the Phoenix Scrabble Club.

Definitions of 2015 -2019 New Two-Letter Words

New WordDefinition and ExtensionsNotes
DAdad [n -Sfamily.txt

expressing disgust 
a martial arts garment [n -S]                  

POa chamber pot [n -S]toilet.txt
TEthe musical note TI [n -S]

New Three-Letter Words

New WordDefinition and ExtensionsNotes
AJIa spicy pepper [n -S]
CAFa cafeteria or cafe [n -S] : CAFF(s)coffee.txt
CALunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
CUZcoz (cousin) [n CUZZES]family.txt
DASda [n]
DEPa convenience store [n -S]
DOHthe first tone of the diatonic scale, Homer [n -S]also an interjection
DUMcooked with steam [adj]
ECOecology [n -S]
EEWeeew [interj]
EMOa style of rock music with emotional lyrics [n -S] : EMOCORE(s)
ESTa group technique for raising self-awareness [n -S]trademark?
FAHfa [n -S]
FOOa name for a temporary computer variable or file [n -S]finally, BAR has its missing companion. Computers.txt
GIFa computer file in a type of image format [n -S]
GISgi [n]
GRRuse to express anger or annoyance [interj]
HOMa sacred plant of the ancient Persians [n -S] : HOMA(s)
HOOused to express surprise or apprechension [interj]
LAHthe tone la [n -S]
LORunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good
LUDa form of address to a judge in a court, ma lud [n -S]
LUNa lee [n -S]
MAMmother, mama [n -S]family.txt
MEHnot impressive, boring [interj]
MESunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good
MMMmm [interj]
MOIused instead of "who me?" to feign surprise when accused of something [interj]french.txt
MUXto multiplex [v -ED -ING -ES]
NAVnavigation [n -S]aviation.txt
NUGa chunk of wood sawn from a log [n -S]
OCHused to express surprise or regret [interj]
OIKa very rude or stupid person [n -S]stupid.txt
OMAgrandmother [n -S] : OPA(s)
OOFused to express discomfort [interj]
OPAgrandfather [n -S] : OMA(s)family.txt
ORGan organization [n -S]
OWTanything [n -S]
PAKa pack [n -S]
PHOa Vietnamese soup of rice noodles and veg [n -S]
POSplural of new PO, or the state of being infected or certain [adj]
REZreservation [n REZES or REZZES]
ROOa kangaroo [n -S]
RYUa school of Japanese martial arts [n -S]japanese.txt
SANa sanatorium [n -S]note SANS already good (different definition)
SEVan Indian food of deepfried strands of flour [n -S]
SEZunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
SHOunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
SIGa short personalized message at the end of an email, a signature [n -S]computer.txt
SOCa sociology course [n -ES]
SOHanother name for the tone sol [n -S]
TECa detective [n -S]
TESplural of the new TE
TIXtickets [n/pl]
TUMtummy [n -S]
UMSnew definition for um: to hesitate or pause in speaking [v UMMED UMMING UMS]
UNIuniversity or a uniform [n -S]
VINfrench wine [n -S]french.txt, alcohol.txt
VOGair pollution caused by volcanic emissions [n -S]portmanteau
WUZunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
XEDunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
YASya is an asian pearnew definiton so now YAS is good. Fruit.txt
YERunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5

unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good

mental calmness 
not in OSPD5

New Four-Letter Words

New WordDefinition and ExtensionsNotes
ACAIa purple berrylike fruit of a tropical palm [n -S]fruit.txt
ACROa skiing event in which a skier performs acrobatic moves to music [n -S]
AFROa curly or frizzy hairstyle [n -S]about time! Hair.txt
AGLUagloo [n -S]more Inuit
AGROa student of agricultural studies [n -S]
AJISaji [n]
AREGareas of shifting desert sand dunes [n/pl]
ARGHused to express despair or frustration [interj] : AUGHthese get added to: AARGH AARRGH AARRGHH
AUGHused to express despair or frustration [interj] : ARGHthese get added to: AARGH AARRGH AARRGHH
BANCa bench [n -S]french.txt
BAWKan Atlantic seabird [n -S]birds.txt
BAWNa meadow for cows [n -S]cows.txt
BAZZto throw (as a stone) [v -ED -ING -ES]
BEALan infected sore (a painful place on the body) [n -S] : BEALING(s)
BIBEa creature whose crying is an omen of death [n -S]death.txt
BINGused to indicate a sudden action [interj]fruit.txt
BISHa bishop [n -ES]religion.txt
BLAGto rob with violence [v BLAGGED BLAGGING BLAGS]crime.txt
BOBOa well-to-do person who holds bohemian values and leads a bourgeois life [n -S]
BURKa berk [n -S]
CAFScaf [n]coffee.txt
CALSunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
CAMIa camisole [n -S]
CAVAa sparkling Spanish wine [n -s]alcohol.txt
CAZHslang for casual [adj]
CERTan event considered certain to happen [n -S]
CHEMa chemistry class or course [n -S]
CHOCa piece of chocolate [n -S]candy.txt
CINQcinque (the number 5) [n -S]french.txt
CLEGa horsefly [n -S]insects.txt
CLITunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodexpurgated?
COMMcommunications [n -S] : COMMO(s)
CRIPunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodassuming this will be in expurgated list
CUMSunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodassuming this will be in expurgated list
DEPSdep [n]
DESIa person of Indian, Pakistani, or Banladeshi birth who lives abroad [n -S]hindu.txt
DEVIa Hindu goddess [n -S]hindu.txt
DOBEadobe [n -S]already good:ADOBE DOBIE DOBY, polyorth list
DOHSdoh [n]also an interjection
DOOBa doobie [n -S]smoking.txt
DOSAan Indian pancake made from rice flour [n -S or -I]hindu.txt
DOSHmoney [n]currency.txt
DOUTto extinguish (as a fire) [v -ED -ING -S]fire.txt
ECOSeco [n]
EEEWused to express disgust [interj] : EEW
EKKAa one-horse vehicle of India [n -S]
EMOSemo [n]
ERUVan enclosed area in which Jews are permitted to carry on activities normally forbidden on the Sabbath [n -S or -IM]
ESSEessential nature [n -S]
ESTSest [n]trademark?
FAFFto make a fuss [v - ED -ING -S]
FAHSfah [n]
FILKa type of popular music that parodies folk songs [n -S]
FOOSfoo [n]finally, BAR has its missing companion. Computers.txt
GEANunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodOED defines as a wild cherry, fruit.txt
GIFSgif [n]
GOJIa red berry [n -S]fruit.txt
GRIZa grizzly bear [n GRIZ]
GYNOa gynecologist [n -S] : GYNIE(s)reproduction.txt
GYPOa small-time logging operator [n -S] : GYPPO(s)trees.txt
HEPSnew definition for hep : hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) [n]disease.txt
HIYAused as an informal greeting [interj]hellogoodbye.txt
HMMMunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodHM and HMM already good.
HOLOa hologram [n -S]
HOMAa hom [n -S]
HOMShom [n] : HOMA(s)
HORKto spit [v -ED -ING -S]
HWYLan emotion that inspires impassioned eloquence [n -S]
ICKSnew definition for ick : something sticky or disgusting [n]
JIRDa long-tailed rodent [n -S]
JIZZunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodpredicting this will be in the expurgated list
JOOKa tavern that has a jukebox [n -s}
JUDYa woman [n JUDIES]names.txt
KAPUa Hawaiian set of rules for daily life [n -S]
KETAa type of salmon [n -S]fish.txt
KRAIan administrative district in Russia [n -S] : KRAY(s)
KRAYkrai [n -S]
LAHSlah [n]
LARNto learn [v -ED or -T, -ING -S]
LEDEthe introductory section of a news story [n -S]another about time
LEVSnew plural for lev [n] : LEVAcurrency.txt
LIASa blue limestone rock [n -ES]
LIPOliposuction [n -S]
LOTOlotto [n -S]
LUDOa simple board game [n -S]
LUDSa form of address to a judge in a court, ma lud [n -S]
LUNSlun [n]
MAKIa sushi roll [n -S]japanese.txt
MAMSmam [n]family.txt
MECHa mechanic [n -S]cars.txt
MOFOunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodpredict this will be in the expurgated list
MOHOa boundary separating the earth's crust and the mantle [n -S]
MOOKa foolish or contemptible person, or a bad guy in a movie [n -S]
MUNGa round green bean [n -S]
MUSOa musician [n -S]
NAESnew plural, nae [n]
NAGAa half-snake, half-human creature in Hinduism [n -S]hindu.txt
NANOscience that deals with materials on an atomic or molecular scale [n -S]numbers.txt
NAVSnav [n]aviation.txt
NEWBa newbie [n -S]

to stink [v -ED -ING -S]
a tropical fruit tree

NUFFenough [n -S]polyorth
NUGSnug [n]
NYAHused to express contempt for another [interj]
OATYtasting or smelling of oats [adj OATIER OATIEST]
OCHEa line behind which players stand when throwing darts [n -S]
OFFAunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodnot in OSPD5
OIKSoik [n]stupid.txt
OLDEold [adj]
OMASoma [n]
OPASopa [n]family.txt
ORGSorg [n]

unknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is good
a minor injury
not in OSPD5
OWLYresembling an owl [adj OWLIER OWLIEST]birds.txt
OWTSowt [n]
OXERa fence for keeping in cattle [n -S]cows.txt
OXICdenoting a process involving oxygen [adj]
PAANa betel leaf folded around pieces of betel nut and spices [n -S]
PAKSpak [n]
PALIa cliff in Hawaii [n -S]
PAUAMaori name for abalone shell [n -S](but IWI* is still not good)
PERCa chemical used in dry cleaning [n -S]
PHOSpho [n]
PIPAa four-stringed Chinese lute [n -S]musicalinstruments.txt
POGOto jump up and down as if on a pogo stick [v -ED -ING -S or -ES]trademark?
PROBa problem [n -S]math.txt
PUDUa small deer of South America [n -S]
PULKa small sled [n -S] : PULKA(s)Inuit
RENOa renovated house [n -S]places.txt
ROOSroo [n]
RUKHa roc [n -S]birds.txt
RYUSryu [n]japanese.txt
SEPSan african lizard [n -ES]SEPSES already existed as a plural of SEPSIS. Reptiles.txt
SESHa session [n -ES]
SEVSsev [n]
SHENthe spiritual element of a person's psyche [n SHEN]
SHHHSH [interj} : SH SHH SHHHSH and SHH were good already
SIGSsig [n]computer.txt
SITUunknown : not in OSPD5 but MW site says it is goodSITUS was already acceptable
SKOLto skoal (to drink to the health of) [v -ED -ING -S]alcohol.txt
SOHSsoh [n]
SOJUa Korean vodka distilled from rice or sweet potato [n -S]alcohol.txt
SUKHa souk [n -S]SOOK SOUK SUK SUQ already good. Polyorth
SUMIa type of black Japanese ink [n -S]japanese.txt
SUMYnew definition and plural for sum: a monetary unit of Uzbekistancurrency.txt
TASEto stun with a gun that fires electified darts [v TASED TASING TASES]crime.txt
TECStec [n]
TEGUa large lizard of South America [n -S]reptiles.txt
TEINa monetary unit of Kazakhstan [n -S]currency.txt
TIANa large oval cooking pot [n -S]
TIYNtyin [n -S] : TIYIN(s) TIYN(s) TYIN TYIYNTYIN and TYIYN were already good (but they don�t take -S). Currency.txt
TOCKa short, hollow sound [n -S]
TOCOa South American toucan [n -S]birds.txt
TOLTan isolated hill [n -S]mountain.txt
TOSAa dog of a breed of mastiff [n -S]dogs.txt
TREMan electric guitar lever for producing a tremolo [n -S]musicalinstruments.txt
TROUtrousers [n/pl]
TUMStum [n]
TURRa murre [n -S]birds.txt
UMMAthe whole community of Muslims [n -S] : UMMAH(s)arabic.txt
UMPHoomph [n -S]
uni [n]
to inhale electrically heated vapour

VEGAa large plane or valley [n -S]
VIFFto change direction abruptly of a VTOL aircraft [v -ED -ING -S]aviation.txt
VINSvin [n]french.txt, alcohol.txt
VLEIa hollow in South Africa in which water collects [n -S]
VLOGto blog videos [v VLOGGED VLOGGING VLOGS] : VLOGGER(s)computer.txt
VOGSvog [n]portmanteau
VOLKthe Afrikaner people [n -S]
VULNto wound [v -ED -ING -S]
WAAHused to express wailing [interj]
WALIthe governor of a province in an Arab country [n -S]
WETAa large wingless insect of New Zealand [n -S]insects.txt
WIKIa website that allows users to add and edit content [n -S]computer.txt
YAGEa tropical vine of the Amazon region [n -S]
YEOWused to express pain or shock [interj]
YOMPto march with heavy gear over rough terrain [v -ED -ING -S]
YOOFyouth [n -S]

an asian citrus fruit [n -S]
to yeuk (to itch (to have an uneasy or tingling skin sensation)) 
fruit.txt, japanese.txt
ZEDAgrandfather [n -S : ZAIDA ZAIDEH ZAIDY ZEDAyiddish.txt
ZIZZto make a buzzing sound [v -ED -ING -ES]

Below are some more of the new 300 words and their definitions that have been added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  

AQUAFABAThe liquid that results when beans are cooked in water. Aquafaba is used especially in vegan cooking as an egg white substitute.

ARANCINI: An appetizer of deep-fried rice balls stuffed with savory fillings. Yum.

BEATDOWN: A literal violent beating, or an overwhelming defeat.

BESTIEBest friend.

BIBIMBAP: A Korean dish of rice with cooked vegetables, usually meat, and often a raw or fried egg. It’s often served in a special stone bowl. Delicious.

BITCOIN: What cool/foolhardy people use for money.

BIZJET: A small plane used by corporate executives.

BOKEH: Coming from the Japanese word for “blur,” it’s the aesthetic quality of the blurry background in some photos that contrasts with the sharp focus on the subject. Like this gorgeous one.

BOTNET: A network of computers that have been linked together by malware, hacking, etc. First used in 2003, according to Merriam-Webster; we’ve been bedeviled for quite a while now.

CANKLE: Cankles are thick ankles; it’s a portmanteau of calves + ankles. Mean.

CAPTCHA: The computer security technology requiring Web page visitors to look at one or more pictures and answer a question to prove that they’re human and not computer bots. When you fill out The Style Invitational’s entry form, such as this week’s, you’re likely to be asked to check off which of nine photos contain a picture of a vehicle, etc. And yes, of course, the bots are figuring it out.

CAPCOM: Capsule communicator, the person responsible for communicating via radio with the crew of a space mission. The government luvvvs portmanteaux.

CHYRON: Pronounced “ky-ron,” it’s the caption that runs under video clips, as on the news, and named for a 1970s manufacturer.

CONLANG: Constructed + language, a language that’s purposely invented, such as Esperanto or Klingon, rather than one that develops organically. My guess is that conlangs tend to have a lot of portmanteau words, like conlang.

COTIJA: A hard, white, crumbly Mexican cheese, described as resembling a cross between feta and parmesan. It doesn’t melt.

EMOJI: Well, you know what that is. But did you know that the name doesn’t come from “emotion,” as “emoticon” does? According to M-W, it’s a Japanese portmanteau: “e” for “picture”; “moji” for “letter” or “character.” Also, it says, the plural may be either emoji or emojis.

EW: Non-tournament Scrabble players are surely not turning up their noses at this immensely helpful addition to the two-letter-word list.

EXOME: Pronounced EX-ome, it’s another portmanteau, exon + genome. The exome is the portion of the genome known to encode proteins; sequencing the exome rather than the entire genome is less costly but still yields useful data.

FACEPALM: A noun or a verb referring to covering your face in dismay.

FARRO: A large-grained kind of wheat that is nutritious and delicious. (You may notice that I seem to find every kind of food delicious. This is not quite true: I can’t learn to like Asian bitter melon, and, well, Peeps and candy corn aren’t food, so they don’t count.)

FROWNY: M-W lists it as a noun as well as an adjective. So: Does it really take more muscles to frown than to smile, as your aunt’s favorite chain email insists? Snopes determines it “unproven,” but does supply an amusing variety of muscle counts.

GAMIFY: It does not mean to make something smell like roadkill; it’s adding games to training programs to make them more interesting and understandable. Gamification is the noun.

HIVEMIND: The one-word variant of hive mind, “the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people (such as Internet users) regarded as functioning together as a single mind,” as a hive of bees does. I wouldn’t say the Loser Community is “a single mind,” opinion-wise, but it’s a heck of a collective repository of knowledge and source of wit.

JUDGY: Pejorative for the already-by-now pejorative judgmental.

LISTICLEList + article, an “information” format popular with those who tend not to read two paragraphs in a row.

MACARON: A little French meringue sandwich cookie. It is, needless to say, delicious. Not the same as macaroon or Macron.

MULLOWAY: “A large, silvery fish (Argyrosomus japonicus synonym A. hololepidotus) of chiefly coastal waters from Africa to Australia that is valued as a food and sport fish. I have never had this fish, but I am sure that it is delicious.

NUTJOB: Choose your own example.

NUBBER: In baseball, a weakly hit grounder.

OK: Added for the two-letter spelling. M-W dates it back to 1839, and says it was a joke-spelling abbreviation for “all correct.”

ONBOARD: As an adjective, describing what’s carried in a vehicle, etc. Huh, I see that M-W does not yet acknowledge its corporate-speak use as a verb: to introduce and integrate a new employee into the workforce. Nor does it say it’s an adverb, as in “the new passengers came onboard.” I guess aboard still lives.

PAPASAN: A bowl-shaped chair on a cylindrical base, usually wicker or rattan. What you get at Pier 1.

PIZZAZZ: That fourth Z adds that much more ... flair and panache!

PUGGLE: Pug x beagle, yet another portmanteau crossbreed.

ROOTKIT: A malicious piece of software that grants a remote operator complete access to a computer system.

SANTOKU: A Japanese chef’s knife whose top curves downward at the tip.

SCHNEID: A losing streak. It derives in some complicated way from a German idiom for tailor that was used in card games.

SHEEPLE: “People who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep.”

SHO: An archaic monetary unit once used in Tibet — and surely included now only to provide a strategically useful three-letter Scrabble word.

SRIRACHA: Now-ubiquitous red hot sauce (not a trademark!). It is delicious but not my favorite red hot sauce, which is this.

SUBSTORM: A localized disturbance of the earth’s magnetic field in high latitudes, typically manifested as an aurora.

TRUTHER: M-W defines it as “one who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy.” In actual use, it’s a disparaging term to describe someone who’s taken in by crackpot claims and theories.

TWERK: Twerking: Sexually suggestive dancing characterized by rapid, repeated hip thrusts and shaking of the buttocks especially while squatting. First known use: 2001. So think of all the years when the word existed but you didn’t have to read about it. But have you tried doing it?

UPCYCLE: To recycle into a product more valuable than the original, as to make expensive shoes from plastic bags.

VAPE: To inhale an electronic cigarette. 

WAYBACK: The area in the very back of a van or SUV, the equivalent of the trunk of a sedan. 

WORDIE: Someone who’s fascinated by words and language. I don’t know anyone like that.

YOWZA: Interjection “used to express surprise or amazement.” 

ZEN: A Buddhist sect, or, lowercase, “a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort.” Another long-overdue and direly needed addition to the three-letter Scrabble list. Not to mention the list of Z-words.

ZOMBOID: The adjectival form of zombie. While the zomboid form of adjective would be aaaaaad-jehhhhhhhc-tivvvvvvvve.


I have been directing our club since 1986 – that’s 32 years and I put a lot of time, effort and love into making this a fun and competitive club!  And although our club is so much a part of me I realized that some New Rules had to go into effect IMMEDIATELY for me to continue as your director!



Starting immediately, Game 1 will begin at 5:50 PM!  

Therefore, I suggest that you get to club no later than 5:45 PM.  At 6:45 PM, the song "Rocky's Theme" will play which will announce the IMMEDIATE end of your game no matter whose turn it is.  Pens down.  It's OVER!  Your score sheets will be given to me at once so that we can be paired for our next game. 

Game 2 will then begin at 6:50 PM with the alarm sounding at 7:45 PM.

Game 3 will begin at 7:50 PM and the final alarm will go off at 8:45 PM. 

We will be out of Veterans Park before 9:00 PM so that Evelyn, the recreation center worker, doesn't have to wait for us anymore and can close the recreation center when she is supposed to!

Let me explain this a little bit more….

I don’t care if there are only a few people here at 5:45 PM.  First come, first served.  When you come in you will be paired with the person who came in right before you.  If there is an odd number of people, you will have to wait until someone else comes in and that is whom you will play…..and so on.  If you feel like you won’t have enough time to play a game that will end when the alarm sounds, you can choose not to play that game and wait for the next game to begin (but the full night’s fee will be paid).  If you end up sitting out because you were the last one in after 5:45 PM, this will not count as a “sit out” on my list.  If you are not happy with this, you are certainly free to leave.  If we are still odd after the first game, I will then use the sit-out list for the next two games. 


This one is simple….I just don’t want to hear any more of them! 


If you have a problem with a hot room, please call the Rec Center earlier in the day of club to make sure that the air conditioning is working that night.  If you can't deal with having just the two fans that night, please stay home in the comfort of your own air-conditioned place.  

The Veterans Park phone number is 954-572-1459.


Don't tell me that you don't want to be matched up with any specific person.  It's not going to happen!  We try to randomly match up the first game so whomever you are randomly matched up with, you will play.  Sometimes you might be matched up randomly with the same person a few weeks in a row.  That's life.


When I am making announcements, I expect all the talking to stop so that I can be heard and we can get on with our games.  This also comes under the heading of "Common Courtesy, Consideration & Good Manners."


Every week I get score sheets without names of opponents, without names of opponents, without bingos listed and many other errors.  From now on I will just enter what is there.

I think we can still have a fun club even with these new rules.  All you have to do is come here earlier and have some consideration for me when I am talking and not complain about things.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players who have attended our club since these New Rules have gone into effect. I am happy to say that there has been a lot of understanding and agreement with these new rules from our attending members.  Not only does our club run much smoother now but we are also able to leave in plenty of time before the recreation center closes! 


 Look up in the sky! 
It's a bird.  It's a plane!  No, it's Letter Man!

To hone your skills as a Scrabbler, Letter Man (aka Gary Moss) will fight for justice and the American way of life by giving you some pointers in each of his Letter Man episodes.

 Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 , Lesson 4 ,
Lesson 5 , Lesson 6 , Lesson 7, Lesson 8,
Lesson 9, Lesson 10,Lesson 11,
Lesson 12


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