Thursday, October 30, 2008

Word Games



I remember when certain cousins, aunts, and I used to kill a few hours playing Scrabble.

One cousin, the smartest person I've ever known personally, used to demolish us with words like quartzes and cwm. What the blazing hell is a cwm? I remember asking. Turns out it's a Welsh word for something, and I was too awed at the sheer novelty of it to question its legitimacy for Scrabble.

I did come up with an awesome word in the same game when an open "i" presented itself: fellatio. Heck, you don't forget once-in-a-blue-moon achievements like that!

High fives and proud smiles all around, but I didn't win the game.

In loving memory of my cousin Arlene, the smartest and perhaps one of the most lovable and weirdest persons I've had the fortune to be with. She passed away at the age of 40 some years back.

[cartoon courtesy of xkcd.com]

16 comments:

Daddy Papersurfer said...

I like scrabble ....... so long as people don't take forever taking their turn and try and get as many points as they can out of each go while I make a cup of tea and read War and Peace and decorate the bathroom ...... she knows who she is .........

Lizza said...

DaddyP, hourglass. The one-minute variety. Or else it's a kick in the shins. Though I know you can't do that to the TG.

nursemyra said...

maybe cwm is a derivative of "quim", a luvverly word seldom used these days

lizza said...

Haven't seen that word in quite some time. Indeed, it's an appropriate complement to fellatio, dear Nursey (what happens to one's quim while fellating?) Who knows. ;-)

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

What a freakin' riot! And a toast to Arlene's memory...(Pass the Smirnoff.)

Photo Cache said...

I love scrabble, don't play it anymore. No one to play with.

Left the world at 40? Way too early. Thanks for sharing this memory of your cousin to us.

Terra Shield said...

Oh, I think scrabble is awesome. But i hardly ever get the fancy words as well :)

gerald said...

hi. i'd really be a great fun should you come over especially during summmertime. in puerto princesa alone, you'll never have a dull moment hanging and roaming around. looking forward to see you here.

citizen of the world said...

cwm? I thought you couldn't use words from another language?

I never seem to get good letters in scrabble.

Joëlle said...

What the blazing hell is a fellatio?

Lizza said...

Bud: Cheers!

Photo: I tried playing alone one time. Not fun at all.

Terra: Hmm, maybe we could play, using words that Tagalog and Bahasa Malaysia have in common. But that could give us both a headache.

Gerald: I'd love to visit PP. Let's hope it happens soon.

Citizen: You're right, you're not supposed to use foreign words. But if you can get away with it, why not? ;-)

Joelle: I'm really not sure. But it sounds good enough to eat.

Sidney said...

And what the blazing hell is a clitoris...?

Lizza said...

Sidney, I believe it's something that cunning linguists love.

Travis said...

I was never much of a Scrabble player, although I do enjoy other kinds of word games.

RandomRambler. said...

Ah, scrabble is such a favorite in my family. Just that I'm not too good with fancy words and end up surrendering half way when my sister practically bulldozes me!

Lizza said...

Trav: Oh, I like other word games too. I love crossword puzzles.

Randomrambler: Being bulldozed and bulldozing in Scrabble can be such fun. Glad to learn your family likes playing the game too.