Monday, January 16, 2012

Words With Friends

You know, for a girl who has spent most of her life with a pen in hand, writing snarky observations or with her near-sighted eyes stuck in a book---

I have a shameful vocabulary.

Like, as I'm writing, I realize that I use some words over and over again. But my overused words are never words like "behoove" or "anodyne" or "ancillary." They range more towards "really", "almost," "actually" and "never."

And that's just my written vocabulary, which is far better than my spoken vocabulary. While speaking, I tend to grunt more than actually talk and then there's the inevitable slip into bleep-worthy words. I'm a New Yorker. I can't help my profanity-laced conversation.

I have a friend who is a Scrabble aficionado; Scrabble, which is, of course, a lot like the popular online game Words With Friends. This friend peppers casual conversation with words like "behoove","bemused" and "quiescent." In fact, when she's been drinking, the words get more complex, she gets into second and third definitions, and my mind is blown with the fact that I don't know the definitions of most of those words.

The more I play Words With Friends, the more I realize that I'm a terrible Scrabble player. I always was a shockingly bad Scrabble player and I'm currently in the midst of multiple games of Words with Friends where I'm being summarily beaten.

My dad once said--I believe while I was complaining about the vocabulary I had to memorize for the dreaded SAT--that learning more complex vocab is important in imparting more precise meanings.

Now if I could only be more strategic and get on the Triple Word boxes more often.

3 comments:

  1. Conversational or written vocabulary will only take one so far with Scrabble or Words With Friends. The next challenge is extracting words in that jumble of tiles. Unscrambling anagrams is what really helped me. Then I got more and more hooked on creating anagrams, as my blog will attest. BTW, [Finds Weird Throws] is an anagram for Words With Friends.
    Leona

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  2. Good point, Leona. After all, I can't control the letters I get in Words With Friends and there is a space constraint when it comes to creating longer words. I see possible words in my tiles, but then, there is the issue of linking up to the existing words.

    I find people who can extract anagrams so interesting. Thank you for visiting and commenting, Leona. I'll definitely check out your blog.

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