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11 Obscure 'J' Words Useful in Words With Friends

Someone recently played "jute" on me with devastating results. I decided I didn't know enough quick, hard-hitting 'J' words. Here are 11 that I just discovered:

1. Jute

A strong, coarse fiber from two East Indian plants often used in making burlap and gunny. Basically, the stuff sacks are made of.

2. Jus

A legal word (from Latin) meaning "a right" or a yummy word meaning juice or gravy, as in "au jus," which is French for "in its own juice"—it's the stuff in which you dip your Quizno's Steakhouse Peppercorn sandy.

3. Jow

As a noun, it's the ringing or tolling of a bell. As a verb, it is to ring or toll a bell or to hit or strike someone, especially on the head. It's a new word for me and one that could have launched Edgar Allan Poe into a more Seussian poetic career with this kid-friendly alternative to "tintinnabulation" (which, by the way, is just an altogether wonderful word).

4. Jarl

A Scandinavian earl.

5. Jaup

Of Scottish, and supposedly onomatopoetic, origin. In its noun form, it means a splash or drop of water. As a verb, to splash or spatter.

6. Jauk

To dawdle. Not thought to be onomatopoetic in origin, although it is incidentally the exact sound that I tend to make when procrastinating. It is, however, of Scottish origin, which once again proves my theory that Words With Friends creators love Scotland almost as much as Germans love David Hasselhoff.

7. Jinn

From Islamic mythology, the class of supernatural beings that, on the spirit hierarchy, is just below angels. The Qu'ran indicates that they are one of the three sentient creatures of Allah (along with angels and humans) and were made of "smokeless fire." They are thought of as the precursor to the "genies" of more modern cultures.

8. Juba

A kind of lively dance that involves rhythmic hand-clapping, stomping, and patting of the arms, legs, chest, and cheeks. Some of the steps in juba dance are called "Blow That Candle Out," "Pigeon Wing," and "The Long Dog Scratch."

9. Jupe

French for "skirt," this word has, over the years, referred to several different articles of clothing: a tunic, usually featuring heraldic arms, typically worn over armor (shortened from "jupon"); a type of skirt; a style of jacket; or baggy pants in what they call "Central European hip-hop fashion"—a style with which I am not at all familiar but surely ought to be. Jupe is accepted in Words With Friends but I'm not certain which fashion statement the game finds most acceptable—I like to think that it's the armor bit because that's what I envision myself wearing when I play.

10. Jabot

A decorative ruffle or other arrangement of lace or cloth starting at the neckline and extending down the front of a shirt or dress. A jabot is, in part, what makes "The Puffy Shirt" puffy.

11. Jawan

A soldier in the Indian army.

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'Puggle,' 'Emoji,' and 298 Other New Words Added to Scrabble Dictionary
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Scrabble aficionados and wordsmiths around the world will soon have some new reading material to bone up on. In celebration of National Scrabble Day today, the makers of the classic word game announced that 300 new words will be added to Scrabble’s official dictionary.

The new words will be published in the sixth edition of Merriam-Webster’s The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary, which will be released this fall, according to Mashable.

Here are just a few of the new additions:

Emoji (noun): A small computer symbol used to express emotion
Ew (interjection): Used to express disgust
Facepalm (verb): To cover the face with the hand
Macaron (noun): A cookie with filling in the middle
Puggle (noun): A kind of dog
Sriracha (noun): A spicy pepper sauce

Some players of the 70-year-old game may be surprised to learn that “ew” isn’t already a word, especially considering that Scrabble recognizes more than 100 two-letter words, including “hm” (another expression), “ai” (a three-toed sloth), and “za” (slang for pizza). If played strategically and placed on a triple word square, “ew” can land you 15 points—not bad for two measly letters.

New Scrabble words must meet a few criteria before they’re added to the official dictionary. They must be two to eight letters long and already in a standard dictionary. Abbreviations, capitalized words, and words with hyphens or apostrophes are immediately ruled out.

Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster, told Entertainment Weekly, “For a living language, the only constant is change. New dictionary entries reflect our language and our culture, including rich sources of new words such as communication technology and food terms from foreign languages.”

The last edition of the Scrabble dictionary came out in 2014 and included 5000 new words, such as "selfie," "hashtag," "geocache," and "quinzhee."

[h/t Mashable]

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25 Double-Letter Scrabble Words to Have in Your Back Pocket
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The best Scrabble players are the strategic ones who keep adding words to their player vocabulary. Once you've mastered a number of two-letter words and the high-scoring ones (that are admittedly very difficult to play), start looking to double-letter words to take advantage of the multiples on your tile rack.

1. AGLOO

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Don't have an I for IGLOO? Use an A for AGLOO, meaning an air hole through the ice made by a seal.

2. ALLEE

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Instead of an ALLEY, use this double-double-lettered word meaning a tree-lined walkway.

3. BETTA

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Rather than BETA, use that extra T to mean the freshwater fish.

4. BRATTICE

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A BRATTICE now means a heavy curtain or barrier in a mine to help direct air flow, though the medieval meaning was simply a temporary partition along a wall.

5. DRESSAGE

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The fanciest of all horse training and equestrian events, DRESSAGE is the obedience and discipline riding competition, rather than the racing.

6. FUGGY

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To FUG is to make something stuffy or odorous, but its adjective form (FUGGY) and past and present participles (FUGGED, FUGGING) will take care of any extra Gs on the board.

7. GHYLL

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Not only will GHYLL, which is a deep ravine, utilize a double-letter, but it will help if your tile bar is sorely lacking in vowels.

8. GRAAL

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GRAAL is an older form of the word GRAIL, but it's also a technique used in glassblowing.

9. HEELER

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Don't have an A for HEALER? A HEELER is a person who puts heels on shoes (as well as an Australian cattle dog).

10. HELLUVA

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If you're having a HELLUVA time getting rid of a few letters, this nonstandard combination word is actually Scrabble-approved.

11. INNAGE

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INNAGE is the quantity of goods remaining in a container when received after shipment.

12. LARRUP

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To decisively defeat someone or trounce them is to LARRUP.

13. MAMMEE

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Another double-double-letter word, a MAMMEE is species of tropical tree with large red fruit.

14. MOGGY

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A MOGGY or MOGGIES (plural) is the cat equivalent of a mutt.

15. OLLA

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A quick word to tack onto some common board letters, an OLLA is a wide-mouthed pot or jar.

16. OUTTELL

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OUTTELL, OUTTELLS, and OUTTELLING all refer to speaking out or declaring something openly.

17. PERRON

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A PERRON can refer to both large outdoor stairways or the stone platforms of certain columns and edifices.

18. PIGGERY

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You're surely prepared with PIGGY, PIGGIE, and PIGGISH, but a PIGGERY is a pigpen.

19. QUASSIA

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Score extra points with a well-place Q. A QUASSIA is another tropical tree whose bitter bark is sometimes used as a digestive aid or an insecticide.

20. SCABBLE

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No, not Scrabble. SCABBLE means to shape roughly.

21. TIPPET

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A TIPPET is a covering for the shoulders, or a ceremonial scarf worn by clergy.

22. TYPP

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A TYPP (or TYPPS, plural) is a unit of yarn size. It's an acronym for thousand yards per pound.

23. VALLUM

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The VALLUM was part of the defensive wall of earth and stone surrounding Roman camps.

24. WEEPIE

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While WEEPY is an adjective for tending to weep, a WEEPIE is a very maudlin movie.

25. WELLY

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According to the official Scrabble dictionary, WELLY is an acceptable form of WELLIE, the British rainboots.

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