They Are All Snollygosters

April 6, 2018

Snollygosters is a real word. Although it may be hard to play it at scrabble, it would be legal. I guess if someone played GOSTERS, (which means to laugh uncontrollably) then both of you would crack up completely if it was extended to SNOLLYGOSTERS. Apparently a snollygoster is a shrewd, dishonest person, particularly a politician.

 

Wouldn’t it be fun to go to the beehive and shout “you’re all a bunch of snollygosters”?

 

However you came here to learn some words for scrabble. These 10 words are all archaic terms, like snollygoster, but they are all much more useful at scrabble. Well, actually 7 of them are useful at scrabble, because 3 of them are not correct. Can you identify which ones are the 3 phonies?

 

BATTERO                  A club. Something to batter with.
DROOMES                 Drums
FOULDER                  To thunder
INGENES                  Ability or genius
MANTELE                 A cape for a lady
RETRAICT                 Retreat
RUNDLET                 15 gallons
STROOKE                 A stroke
TAILARD                   A person with a tail
WAGMOOR               A quagmire

 

As usual the answer to the quiz is at the bottom of the blog.

 

To tie this blog together I am going to look at the letter group GOSTER. This wouldn’t be a very popular letter group for bingo hunters because it makes bonus words with only 10 letters. Although it isn’t such a good group to have it is nevertheless one that we often wind up playing with, so knowing all of these words will come in handy sometime even if you don’t actually try to get this letter group.

 

GOSTER + A               GAROTES       Executes by strangling
                                    ORGEATS       Syrups made from almonds
                                    STORAGE       A place for storing
                                    TOERAGS       A tramp

 

GOSTER + D               STODGER       A dull person
                                    TODGERS       Slang term for penises

 

GOSTER + F                FORGETS        Fails to remember

 

GOSTER + G               GORGETS       Armour for the neck
                                    TOGGERS       plays football

 

GOSTER + I                 GOITERS         Enlargements of the thyroid gland
                                    GOITRES         Enlargements of the thyroid gland
                                    GORIEST         Bloodiest

 

 

GOSTER + M              GROMETS      Reinforcing rings of metal

 

GOSTER + N              TONGERS       Someone who gathers oysters with oyster-tongs

 

GOSTER + R               GROSERT       A gooseberry

 

GOSTER + S               GOSTERS        Laughs uncontrollably
                                    GROSETS        Gooseberries
                                    STORGES        Parental affections

 

GOSTER + V               GROVETS       Wrestling holds where the head is gripped

 

So how did you go on the quiz about archaic words?

 

Have you decided which 3 words weren’t correct?

 

The three words you should have chosen were:

 

INGENES
MANTELE
WAGMOOR

 

However these words were not completely made up. They were all nearly right:

 

INGINES – is the correct word for ability or genius.

MANTEEL – is a cape for a lady, and also a soldier’s cloak

WAGMOIRE – is the archaic word for a quagmire.

 

I must admit before I saw the meaning of that last word, I thought it was a bird.

 

Cheers
Patrick

 

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