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Words to Play: Zax

I have fun playing Wordfeud, as I’ve mentioned before.  Sometimes I discover words by accident.  It’s a trick I learned from my husband who has a knack for throwing tiles down to spell a word that also racks up huge points.  (He’s cute, but an evil genius that way.)

Here’s a new word for you that uses both Z (10 points) and X (8 points): ZAX.  And I only had to use two of my own letters.

ZAX: At least 19 points!

I was pleasantly surprised when my play worked.  The double-word score was a nice bonus.   But what does the word mean?

It couldn’t be the Dr. Seuss characters he called the Zax.

From Dr. Seuss’s story “The Zax”

Wordfeud doesn’t accept proper names or characters from books.   Even after the nice score, I couldn’t leave it alone.  I had to look it up.

Besides, what if my opponent asked me what it meant?  I had to know what this special three-letter word was.

Dictionary.com defines it as a “hatchetlike tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slate.”  Hey!  I turned my AX into a hammer.  (Yes, I often laugh at my own jokes.)

I discovered a new wordexpanded my vocabulary!  However, it’s not a word that I’ll ever use in a conversation.  I’ll have to find a roofer first.  “So, Mr. Rooferguy, you gonna use a zax on that roofing slate?”  I don’t think so.

What’s important is that I got *counting on fingers* 38 points for those three letters.  (What?  I’m a word girl.)  My husband is laughing that I think that’s a big score.  Sigh.

Played any unusual words lately?  Do you have a favorite word that’s nearly impossible to use in a normal conversation?  Have you had a slate roof put on your house, so you’ve seen a zax in person?  Share, share, share.   😉

Words to Play: Ixia

It’s Wednesday, which makes me think of words. Like many people with smart phones, I play word tile games on my phone.  My favorite is Wordfeud because you can play with randomly-placed score boxes. (I’ve played Words with Friends, too, but I don’t anymore because the Android app never seemed to work properly.  I might give it another chance sometime.)

My brother-in-law and I usually keep several games going at once, in addition to games with others.  We take turns kicking each other’s butts.  That random placement board is a killer!

Wordfeud random board: In-progress game, getting my butt kicked.

I love words, and now I pay attention to unusual words as never before.  I’ve learned words from other opponents and, in turn, played them against my brother-in-law.  I’d like to share them with you, so you can play them against someone else.  If they wonder what it means, you know the definition.  Expand your vocabulary.

This is one of my favorites: ixia

ixia [ik-see-uh] noun

any of various southern African plants of the genus Ixia, of the iris family, having sword-shaped leaves and showy, ornamental flowers.


I dare you to use it in a sentence.  😉  Use it in Wordfeud.  Let me know if Words with Friends accepts it.

Do you have any favorite, unusual words that you know will play on a word game?  Do you read through a dictionary to arm yourself with new words?