You, yes you, may have good use for a Zarf.
Never heard of one? Perhaps not, but you’ve probably seen one, in fact, you might have used one today. A zarf is an ornamental cup-holder of middle-eastern origin, but today the word is also applied to the cardboard sleeves used for coffee cups.
More importantly, zarf nets you 16 points in Scrabble and 27 points in Quiddler. If you aren’t familiar with the word game Quiddler, you should be.
Now, aren’t you glad I told you?
Here, for finale of this A to Z blog hop I give you an A to Z list of awesome words. Some are silly, some are obscure, and some are just plain strange. Enjoy!
Since A to Z is a l-o-n-g list, I’ve divided it into two parts. Here’s the first installment. You’ll have to wait to next week for the rest–including more interesting z-words.
Abecedarian – arranged alphabetically. (Admit it, this is the perfect word to start an alphabetical list.)
Bletcherous –aesthetically unappealing, ugly. Just like it sounds.
Cattywampus – askew or awry. Also the name of a cat featured in a favorite calendar from years ago. Interested in the etymology? Learn more.
Drivel – what any self-respecting writer does not want to produce. A list of silly words is not drivel, right?
Exaltation – the collective term for a group of larks. Other fine group names include a crash of rhinos, a battery of barracudas and a quiver of cobras. Want to become an expert on group names? Read the book.
Gobsmacked – amazed, flabbergasted. Learn more.
Hapax – a word used only once within a text (or written language). Many words in this post are hapaxes, but hapax is not one of them.
Iiwi – a common bright red Hawaiian bird. And probably the only four-letter word that uses three Is.
Jinx – to curse. A word that brings smiles only when it’s your turn at Scrabble (18 points, or 54 on a triple word score.) Learn more.
Kerfluffle – a commotion, flurry or ruckus. “She caused a kerfluffle when she played J-I-N-X and won the game.” Learn more.
That’s all for this week. Click here for L through Z.
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