Five words we’ve learned from Scramble With Friends

Five words we’ve learned from Scramble With FriendsYou know when you’ve been commissioned to write at least two features per week, and sometimes you’re really struggling to come up with something, anything, so you go with the first thing that pops into your head? This is not one of those occasions (shut it).

I present unto thee, five words I’d never come across before playing Scramble With Friends; five words I now find myself tapping into my smartphone on a daily basis with no knowledge of their meaning. Join me, won’t you, as I investigate.

I should probably point out here that I speak purely for myself and my limited vocab. It’s really, really, really… not a good… one?

I guess I’ll go for alphabetical order here; that’d probably make sense. Let’s dance!

1. aster

/ˈastə/

noun

noun: aster; plural noun: asters

  • a plant of a large genus that includes the Michaelmas daisy, typically having purple or pink rayed flowers.

You’re almost guaranteed an ASTER in Scramble With Friends every two or three games, and if you don’t spot it, the little power-up thingies will almost certainly point it out. The game just loves to kick ASTER.

Tip: Obviously you can pluralise to ASTERS, and there’s a good chance you can also make MASTER, MASTERS and MASTERY.

2. eta

/ˈiːtə/

noun

  • the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet ( Η, η ), transliterated as ‘e’ or ‘ē’

I had a conversation the other day wherein a fellow Scramble With Friends player proposed that ETA meant Estimated Time of Arrival, but of course that’d be capitalised, and as such wouldn’t be allowed. Seventh letter of the Greek alphabet it is!

Tip: Scramble With Friends loves that little cluster of letters: A, E, S and T, with which you can make ATE, ATES, EAST, EAT, EATS, ETA, ETAS, SAT, SATE, SEA, SEAT, SET, TEA, TEAS…

3. kier

/kɪə/

noun

noun: kier; plural noun: kiers

  • a vat.

Scramble With Friends welcomes both KEIR(S) and KIER(S), the former being an alternative spelling of the latter.

Interestingly, my mate’s kid is called Keir. I hadn’t realised he was named after a vat (kidding!).

4. lares

/ˈlɑːriːz/

noun

plural noun: lares

  • gods of the household worshipped in ancient Rome.

Oddly, you can’t have one LARE singular; you must worship LARES plural. Don’t take it out on me, man; ask the ancient Romans. EDIT: ah, the singular is LAR! This might just be the most educational feature of all the times!

Digging deeper, LAR is seemingly "Northern English" (ey up) for "a boy or young man", and as such Scramble With Friends also welcomes LARS. So that's LAR, LARES and LARS. But not LARE. Interesting...

5. ort (ôrt)

noun

  • A small scrap or leaving of food after a meal is completed. Often used in the plural.

Ah, turns out ORT is a fairly uncommon one, as the only Web Definition immediately offered by Google pertains to the Olympiaki Radiofonia Tileorasi, a Greek local radio and television station.

A little further digging reveals it’s a scrap of food. As in: “Hey man, are you going to finish those orts or can I have them?”

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4 comments

JanSt / MOD  May. 8, 2014 at 13:49

Well, that was random :p

And yet it got RTs on Twitter... What's happening in schools? :D
Bow off to prune my asters or what orts thereof the deer left behind

JanSt / MOD  May. 8, 2014 at 13:49

not "bow", "now"... tsssk

lcurdie / MOD  May. 8, 2014 at 13:53

Well, that was random :p

And yet it got RTs on Twitter... What's happening in schools? :D
Bow off to prune my asters or what orts thereof the deer left behind


If I can touch just one person... (Er, figuratively)

JanSt / MOD  May. 8, 2014 at 15:35

:p

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