Friday, July 10, 2009

Fun and Games Friday: Extreme Boggle edition

Contrary to popular belief, the Shiputzim family likes to live on the edge. {nods earnestly} Yes. We do. {ignores snickers and snide remarks}

Don’t believe me?

Well, how else can you explain the fact that when we play Boggle, we use an ancient, battered dictionary from the late 1940’s??

I rest my case.

You see, according to house rules, players don’t get points for words that aren’t listed in this dictionary. And the words have to be included in the main section - rather than the so-called “New Words section”.

As the editors explain:

“The New Words section… contains… those new terms that have come into common usage since the end of World War II… each term therein suspended on probation until usage determines whether it should be eliminated or be admitted into the main body.”

Yet, this dictionary is so old and outdated that the following examples are considered to be “new terms” which are “suspended on probation”:

  • facsimile transmission
  • transistor
  • fusion
  • fission
  • brunch
  • geriatrics
  • suburbia
  • satellite
  • racism
  • parameter
  • brainwashing
  • nuclear
  • additive

And, so, dear readers, the next time you’re in the mood to take a few risks, please feel free to drop by for an exciting and dangerous game of Extreme Boggle…


!שבת שלום ומבורך


  1. But there must be some suspended words that didn't make it?

  2. MiI - Good question. I don't know if these words made it into a later edition or not, but here are some of the more outdated-sounding definitions:

    gas n. slang A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting experience.

    ghost n. A double image on a television screen.

    braslip n. A woman's undergarment, consisting of a slip attached to a brassiere top.

    most, the slang See end, the.

  3. This sounds like fun but why this particular dictionary?

  4. I love word games. Other members of my family enjoy strategy games like chess or Pente, which aren't my thing. My 12yr old can easily beat me at Pente.

    I think I once heard that Scrabble is quite popular in Jerusalem, with all the retired Anglos that live there.

  5. Ilana-Davita - Also a good question. A few years ago, some of us were playing, and that was the dictionary that happened to be readily available. Of course, we soon realized its limitations - it was missing good Boggle words like fax, byte, etc. - but no one could be bothered to go look for a more up-to-date dictionary. Instead, we decided to frame its quaintness as a feature, not a bug - and have been using it ever since...

    Leora - I had never heard of Pente, but a quick Google search provided the basics. It sounds like fun!


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