Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Listener Found Word of the Day

Thanks to Jeff W. for this one..

I think I had an old school Casio watch when I was a kid with this word on it:


which brings us to.... Bonus Extensions!
There are too many -GRAPH words to list, so I'll limit it to other 6 letter front extensions which also happen to stand as words by themselves.


Note: these all take an S as well, and all but PSYCHOGRAPH take a Y.

Send me your word/ picture and I'll post it here!

Sunday, March 28, 2010


So what are the chances of this-
I see someone play UMBEL in an annotated game (I think that's where I got it from, anyways), and look it up in my OSPD4 while at work. I see UMBELULE* listed, and say, 'cool! an 8 with two U's! I'll make a flashcard and learn two words at once!' Unfortunately, I happened to stumble upon one of a handful of words that was mistakenly added to some printings of the OSPD... Turns out it can only be spelled UMBELLULE.

are all good, though.

Here's a list of those words along with all the other changes from OSPD3 to OSPD4, if youi're interested:

The 'words missing from early printings' can be especially fun to play because a lot of players have never heard of them.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

G- rated words

Ran across these in the OSPD, I forget what I was looking up originally. I don't study sixes, so it's cool to find chunk of words to memorize at once. These all happen to have two G's.

GIGLET a playful girl
GOGLET a long-necked jar
GUGLET a goglet

Friday, March 19, 2010

I love me some chemical compounds...

Here's a long list of words that I deleted from the current podcast when it became waaaay too long. Plus I think it's easier to see it written out in this case:

IMINE a chemical compound
IMINO containing an imine (adj- no S)

AMIN (main, mina) amine (takes front hook of G)
AMINE a chemical compound (also takes front hook of G, F)
AMINO containing an amine united with a nonacid radical (adj- no S)
AMNIO  a surgical insertion of a needle into the uterus (takes back hooks N, S)

I unfortunately had to witness my wife getting an AMNIO (full name is amniocentesis) when she was pregnant with our first child. I don't recommend it.

AMMINE (immane) a type of chemical compound
AMMINO pertaining to ammine (adj- no S)

AMMONO containing ammonia (adj- no S)
AMMONIA (takes back hooks C, S)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Episode 55 notes...

Fresh copies of episode 55 out now! Get 'em while they last! Wait, actually my server is stalling on that. Well, it should be out soon, anyway.

SALTIERS saltire (a heraldic design)
SAUCIERS a chef who specializes in sauces
EMPTIERS one that empties
BUSTIERS a woman's undergarment
FANCIERS one that fancies
GLAZIERS one that glazes GLAZY (G)LAZILY
JOLLIERS one who puts others in good humor

OVERDARE to become too daring (OVERDEAR)
OUTDARE to surpass in daring (OUTREAD, READOUT)

SANTOUR a persian dulcimer
SANTIR (instar, strain, trains)

BORZOI  a russian hound

DIASTER a stage in mitosis
DIASTEREOMER  either of a pair of stereoisomers that are not mirror images of each other
BASTARDIES the state or condition of being a bastard

mAGMA eng (phoenetic symbol)
aGAMAy a pasture grass AGAMA a tropical lizard GAMAY a red grape

BIOMETER an instrument for measuring the amount of carbon dioxide given off by an organism, tissue, etc

oEDEMATA  plural of edema (effusion of serous fluid into tissue spaces or into body cavities)
IGNITRON  a cathode-arc vacuum tube

NONISSUE = UNSONSIE (unlucky) no S unsonsy SONSIER but not UNSONSIER*

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ever wonder...

How I'm able to flawlessly pronounce all the podcast words, every time? Yeah, me neither.

But when I do get it right, it's because I use today's link to see and hear the correct pronunciation:


Not the most creative website name, but it does the trick.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

some fun VAC extensions

No, I'm not talking about these:
I'm talking about ways to extend the word VAC, which has a tendency to close down the board. This is probably because it's the only three letter word that contains V and C, which don't form any two letter words...

I've done a couple other extension lists of 'popular' high point 3 letter words, i.e. JET (episode 42/43) & OXY (episode 32)... So keep an eye out for more in the future.

Also, according to the site, my blog follower-ship has skyrocketed 50% in the last month or so! Ok, so it's gone from 10 to 15, but still... it was inspiration for me to make a March entry. So thanks for reading! And now, back to our regularly scheduled anagramming:

first,  a sweet back bingo extension:
VACUOLATED containing vacuoles (AUTOCLAVED)

the only front extension:
MEDEVAC to evacuate the wounded from a battlefield by helicopter
(a verb, can be -VACING or -VACKING)

And my four favorite play-through extensions:
CARVACROL an aromatic phenolic compound, found in plants such as oregano and savory and used in flavorings and fungicides.
NOVACULITE a very hard, dense, even-textured, silica-bearing sedimentary rock used in whetstones.
OLIVACEOUS  of an olive color (VIOLACEOUS)
ULTRAVACUA (ULTRAVACUUM) couldn't find a definition....but this may lead to and ULTRA- extension series in the future!