March 20, 2015

X...marks the spot

And the spot is one on the Scrabble board!
OR maybe Words With Friends is your word game of choice!

"X" is one of the harder letters to use (thus the reason it is worth 8 points!)

So, I thought I would help us expand our knowledge base a little bit...
  1. There are 1185 legal Scrabble X-words!
    For the complete list: Click this link for X-words
  2. Most of the 7 letter word list seems to be made up of plurals from the 4, 5 or 6 letter word lists.
    Best scoring X-word I found: ASPHYXY meaning asphyxiation, typically resulting in death. (25 pt minimum...played right could yield 75 pts!)
  3. There are only 5 two-letter words on the list: ax, ex, ox, xi & xu.
    Xi: [zahy, sahy; Greek ksee] 1. the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet  2. the group of consonant sounds represented by this letter. (9 pt min.)
    Xi written in Greek
    Xu: [soo] an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Vietnam, the 100th part of a dong. (9 pts. OR 10 pts min. if you play WWF)

    2 Xu-top center with a hole in it. I wonder what a 5 namxu is?
  4. The three-letter word list increases a whopping 36 words. Many by simply adding a letter to the two-letter word list options.
    Turning  'xi' into it's plural xis.
    Add a letter to 'ex' getting any of the following: dex, hex, kex, lex, rex, sex or vex.
    Add one to 'ox' and you create: box, cox, fox, gox, lox, oxo, oxy, pox, sox or vox.
    A letter added to 'ax' makes any of the following: axe, rax, sax, tax, wax OR 
    The BEST 3 letter word option ever: zax [zaks] a hatchetlike tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slate. (19 pt min-highest possible 3 letter word in the game..placed correctly & oh boy...your score could soar!) 
Zax in action
This leads to another great three-letter word: adz: [adz] a noun, an axelike tool, for dressing timbers roughly, with a curved chisellike steel head mounted at a right angle to the wooden handle. (13 pt min.)
Adz...with a homemade handle
Wishing you all well on your next round of Word games! What is your favorite word game?

Let's end with a fun video...about one of our words today. Well...sort of!
Zax...two stubborn characters-so stubborn they ended up with a Zax By-pass built right over top of them.

Can anyone remember the comedy tv show episode...I think it was Seinfeld where they talk about an adz? If so, and you find it could you post it in the comments...maybe it isn't Seinfeld!

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Lisa Betz said...

You stole my Z word!

shelly k said...

Lisa-I'm so sorry! :)
I am feeling a little stuck on these next 2 letters too! Yikes