Aa; rough, cindery lava
Aha©; used to express surprise or triumph
You might go “Aha!” if you’re in Hawaii and come across some aa by surprise!
Aal; East Indian shrub
Al; East Indian mulberry tree
All; everything or all-inclusive
Awl; pointed woodworking tool
The carving artist used his all in making his creation with his awl out of the al tree and aal bush.
Aba; garment worn by Arabs
Abba; the honoring title of father
The Arab abba wore his aba at all times!
Abater; a person who abates
Abator; person who unlawfully obtains an inheritance
The habitual abator made sure he did not become an abater in his hot pursuit and victimizing others!
Abbe; superior at a monastery
Abbey; monastery or convent
The abbe lives at the abbey at serene St. David, Az.
Able; having the ability or power
Able; communication code word for letter A
The Coast Guard was able to use the code word able in their communications.
Absence; condition of being away such as on vacation
Absents; to take away
The little brat child habitually absents himself from school and leaves a plethora of absence.
Abstract; hard to grasp or understand
Abstract; to take away
The mathematician had to abstract an equation as it was just too abstract to keep on the board.
Absurd; ridiculously unreasonable
Absurd; a state in which man lives in an irrational and meaningless universe
It’s totally absurd to even consider that we live in an absurd state!!
Accept; to permit or allow
Except; to omit or disallow
The Little Rascals only accept boys and except girls into their girl-hating club.
Achene(akene); type of fruit such as the tiny seed-like parts on the outer strawberry
Aching; suffering a dull continuous pain
It should not be aching to eat the achene fruit!
Actin; protein found in muscle tissue
Acting©; trade of an actor or filling out a role in a play
The actin in the actor started acting up but made him perform better!
Acts; performs an action
Ax; to use an ax, a cutting tool
The tinman did many acts with his ax in the land of Oz until he got rusty and froze in place.
Acute; marked by severity/sharpness
Acute; an accent mark
The acute pain was caused by seeing too many acutes!
Addax; large Saharan antelope
Addicts; devotes or gets hooked up to something out of habit such as drugs
Attics; the areas just below the roof of houses used for storage
A safari hunter maybe addicts himself by searching for that elusive addax out in the wild plains of Africa and not in any attics!!
Adder; North American poisonous viper
Attar; a fragrance for perfumes
The hiker tried to use an attar to avoid the adder along the trail!
Adds; sums up or totals
Adz(adze); to shape wood with a cutting tool
The editor adds up all the ads for the paper and uses his adz for his hobby afterhours.
Aerie(aery,eyrie); a nest high up on a mountain cliff
Airy(aery); up in the air or lofty
Eyry; a journey
The eagles make their aerie in a quite airy place and make a daily eyry for food!
Aerie; bird’s nest built up high on a cliff/mountain
Eerie(eery); weird or strange
To us humans where eagles place their aeries would seem eerie!
Aerial; an antenna
Ariel; gazelle of Africa
You might say the ariel has two hard aerials (horns) on its head.
Aero; pertaining to aircraft
Arrow; to note the proper direction of (→)
Aeronautics require the use of arrows in their navigation systems.
Aether; upper area of our atmosphere
Ether; liquid used as an anesthetic
You would not expect to find ether in the aether part of the atmosphere but in hospitals.
Affair; an activity done or to be done
Affaire; brief emotional relationship
A married wife decided to have an affaire affair with this guy she has been seeing!!
Affects; to show a false appearance of
Effects; to bring about
The special-effects guy in the movies affects us all when we see them as it’s just a movie!
Affiance; to wed your special sweetheart
Affiants; persons who make written statements under oath
The affiants just may be the ones to help you affiance your sweetheart.
Again; once more
After much thought, he again was agin the idea the stuntman had in mind.
Agora; marketplace of ancient Greece
Agora; former monetary unit of Israel
You would NOT find any agora in use at the time when the agora of old Greece was in use!
Ahi; yellowfin tuna
Ai©; three-toed sloth
The ai was nowhere near the ocean-dwelling ahi!!
Aid; to help
Aide; an assistant
The hospital aide gave aid where needed.
Ail; to give pain or suffer discomfort
Ale; an alcoholic drink
The bartender made sure he did not ail the sot by letting him have another ale!!
Ain; ayin, the 16th letter of Hebrew alphabet
The ane student in the whole class was curious about the ain letter.
Air; to expose to the atmosphere
Err; to make a mistake
Eyre a journey
Heir; to inherit
To heir and err air(early), you might as well air it and NOT take it with your eyre!
Airs; exposes to the atmosphere
Errs; makes a mistake
Ers; ervil, a vetch of Europe
One errs by not letting the ers airs that he heirs, you might say!!
Airless; without air
Heirless; having no inheritors
The dead Osama-defected terrorist was indeed airless and heirless!
Aisle; passage between seat sections
Isle; to put on a small island
The crashed jet’s aisle was exposed when it isled in the middle of the ocean!
Ait; little island
Ate; blind ambition that drives one to ruin
Eight; the number 8
The eight of them experienced an ate while on a lonely ait in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!
Alae; wings or wing-like parts
Alley; any narrow walkway such as between two buildings One may try to fly in an alley with some alae!!
Albumen; white of an egg
Albumin; protein of milk, egg whites, and many plant tissues
The scientist was experimenting with the albumin of milk with the albumen of an egg.
Alef(aleph); Hebrew letter
Alif; an Arabic letter(l)
The Arabic-converted scribe used both an alef and an alif in writing down his notes from Isaiah of the Old Testament to figure out prophetic end-times codes.
Alfa; communication code word of the letter A
Alpha; the first letter of the Greek alphabet (α)
The CIA could not decide whether to use alfa or alpha for their clandestine techniques against the Taliban and El-Quiada.
Allay; to lessen in intensity or severity
Allee; tree-lined pathway found in a park or to an entrance
A jogger may allay his routine in the nearby allee to appreciate his surroundings.
Allude; to make indirect reference to
Elude; to evade
Illude©; to trick or deceive
The shyster liked to illude his victims by alluding to his decoy, thereby making it possible to elude!
Altar; raised platform in the front of a church
Alter; to change
Abigail was hoping her indecisive Allen would not alter their plans at the altar!!
Amends; improves upon something
Aments©; mentally-deficient people
The aments were told to try to make amends to make their lives better to cope with or their favorite Justice League super-hero emends thimgs in order!
Ampul(ampule; small glass vial
When working in a lab with ampuls one does not have ample samples to work with!
Ana; a potpourri of various information on a certain subject
Anna; older coin of India and Pakistan
While going through the deceased person’s ana they found some old annas.
Analyst; one who digs into situations or mysteries
A crime scene analyst could also be a local annalist.
Anele; to anoint as when the pope does to a Catholic follower for blessing
Anneal; to toughen or stiffen
When one would get aneled by such a one as the Pope that person would be less annealed.
Anion; negatively charged ion
Anyon; subatomic particle between bosons and fermions
The Fermi Lab outside Chicago may test how anions affect anyons.
Ant; tiny insect that can be a pest at picnics
Aunt; a sister of one’s mother or father
Your aunt Gertrude might freak out if ants ruined her outdoor picnic party.
Apatite; a calcium phosphate mineral
Appetite; desire or urge to eat or drink
A rock hound could work up an appetite after hunting for apatite.
Apothegm; short terse saying\
Apothem; line from the center of a polygon to one of its sides
The mathematician could have an apothegm when explaining the apothem.
Appose; to place side by side
Oppose; to be in conflict with
If you appose two magnets together they just may oppose each other.
Apprise; to inform or notify
Apprize; appraise or set a value on
The insurance adjuster’s job was to apprize the damages and then apprise the owner.
Apps; computer programs for major tasks
Apse; domed, semicircular projection of a building
For the builder, there may be apps in designing and making the apse!
Ar; letter R
Are; area equal to 119.6 square yards
The maize-maker measured out an are in his field to make a big ar or R.
Arbor; tree rather than a shrub
Arbor(arbour); shady garden shelter
The back yard had a great arbor of arbors.
Arc; to move along a curved course
Ark; huge boat such as the one Noah built for the Great Flood ± 4500 yrs. ago
A modern-day ark may follow the arc of the river such as the Mississippi.
Archine; Russian unit of measure =27.7”
Arching©; series of arches
One might have an arching over an area of an archine if you’re in Russia!
Arcus; arch-shaped cloud
Arkose; sandstone from granite or gneiss
A creative one may make an arcus into a slab of arkose.
Area; certain expanse of a surface
Area; part of the cerebral cortex with a certain function A certain area of the brain is an area!
Argle; to argue
Argol(argal); crust formed in wine casks while aging
Argil; white clay
One cannot argle when you can see an argol on a wine cask in storage.
Nomads are indeed arrant errants!
Arras; tapestry of the Flemish region
Arris; ridge created by two surfaces meeting together
Arroz; rice from Spain
Eros; sexual desire
An arris could be made when making an arras.
Could eating a lot of arroz increase one’s eros?
Ascent; the act of moving upward
Assent; to show approval
They gave their assent for us to make the ascent up the pyramid of Giza.
Ascus; spore sac in certain fungi
Askos; oil jar from the time of ancient Greece
Upon close inspection of the askos that was found from a dig site an ascus was found on it.
Zaida(zaideh, zeda); grandfather
Zeta; 6th letter of the Greek alphabet
A Greek zaida would use a zeta in his diary or letter-writing!
Zein[zee-in]; protein from corn
The zein protein is used for making zine binders?
Zooks; used as a mild oath
Zouks; dance musics of the French West Indies
The Russian traveler to the Caribbean might just say zooks when he heard for the first time the zouks of the area!!
Zoon; the whole of a fertilized egg
Zoon; to zoom
The biologist may want to zoon in her zoon sample.
Zoos; places where animals are kept for public display
Zuz; ancient Hebrew silver coin
You would definately NOT find a zuz in zoos today!!
Words that the National Scrabble Assoc. approved but
Merriam-Webster rejected for the last 2 Editions
Abo Jacuzzi(s) Realtor(s)
Aqualung(s) Jello(s) Rexine(s)
Bakelite(s) Kewpie(s) Silurian
Benadryl(s) Kleenex(es) Sorta
Biro(s) Kurtosises(var.) Spansule(s)
Brillo(s) Lapides Stetson(s)
Cenozoic Lucite(s) Taleysim
Colickier Lurex(es) Tallaisim
Colickiest Lycra(s) Tallitoth
Dacron(s) Masonite(s) Terylene(s)
Devonian Mesozoic Thermit(s)
Dobro(s) Miocene Tofutti(s)
Dumpster(s) Mips Tres
Emmy(s) Neogene Uptalked(-ing)
Enuresises Orlon(s) Vaseline
Eocene Ozalid(s) Velcro(s)
Formica(s) Permian Wimmin
Frisbee(s) Pernod(s) Wog
Hertzes Popsicle(s) Yid
Scrabble Words That Can Be Proper Names
(incl. the famous)
Abba—the title of father (rock group)
Abigail—maid of a lady
Al—tree of East India or the mulberry
(the Alamo in Texas)
Alan—large hunting dog
Alma—professional Egyptian girl who sings & dances
Angel—to support financially
Anna—former coin of India & Pakistan
Apollo—handsome young man
Arco—note/passage played w/
bow of stringed instruments
(the fuel co.)
Ariel—gazelle of Africa
(character in the movie The Little Mermaid and a moon of Uranus)
Art—pleasing & meaningful arrangement of elements
Baal—a false god
Balboa—monetary unit of Panama
Barbie—portable fireplace to cook
Barry—divided into horizontal bars
Batman—an orderly of a military
officer (John Batman, Aussie pioneer of 1801-1839 & the superhero of Gotham City)
Beck(short for Becky)----to beckon
Bell—a ringing device (Alexander
Ben—an inner room
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