Two Chunky Letters

August 26, 2018

I thought it might be interesting to look at some higher scoring 4 letter words without listing the ones with J, Q, X and Z that everyone has already seen.

 

Let's use the letters H and K. How many 4 letter words can you list that have both an H and a K in them?

 

I am not even going to tell you how many there are. Just grab that scrap of paper sitting next to your computer and start writing down the ones that you know. I am sure that you can think of some!

 

 

 

 

STOP RIGHT THERE

 

 

Yes, I saw you scrolling down to the bottom of the page looking for the answers.

 

Back in the old days, before this blog, when I used to come to the scrabble club with a photocopied quiz and some interesting words lots of people would skip the challenge, turn over the page and go straight to the answers.

 

No doubt many people do the same thing with my blogs, but I thought I might make a special effort to stop you doing that with this challenge.

 

For a start, this is a challenge where EVERYONE can find some answers. Four letter words including an H and a K. You must be able to think of some!

 

Secondly I have a hunch that many people remember things better by writing them down. You don't have to write “I must do Patrick’s quizzes” 50 times on the blackboard like an old-fashioned punishment, but if you write down the words you can think of then maybe later you will also write in the answers you missed. We all learn in different ways, but isn't that worth a try to see if it works for you?

 

Have I persuaded you to have a go at the challenge?

 

<sigh> I thought not, but here are the answers anyway.

 

 

 

There are actually 49 words in this set of answers. I didn’t want to tell you that at the start because most people would have thought the task was too daunting.

 

We will start with a list of 15 well-known words, where I am sure you don’t need me to give you the definition:

 

HACK              HAKA              HARK              HAWK             HECK

HICK                HIKE                HONK             HOOK             HULK

HUNK              HUSK              HOCK              KHAN              KITH

 

You probably know most of these next 7 words, but I'll give you the definitions anyway:

 

ANKH              An Egyptian symbol of life. Coptic Christians use this as their cross

HAKE               A fish of the cod family       

HANK              To catch, as on a loop

HOIK               To hitch up

HOKI               (Maori) A type of fish with white flesh

HUCK              To force roughly

KOHA              A gift or donation made when visiting a marae

 

 

That leaves 27 words that I think are very unusual and only someone who has come across them in their area of special interest would know the meanings:

 

CHIK                A slatted blind

DHAK              A leguminous tree of East India and Myanmar

HAIK               An Arab head-covering

HAKU              (Maori) The kingfish

HASK               A fish basket

HOKA              (Maori) Red cod

HOKE              To assign a false value

HOLK              (Scots) To dig or burrow

HORK              To spit

HOWK            (Scots) To dig or burrow

HYKE               An Arab head-covering

KAPH              Another spelling for the 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

KESH               The uncut hair of a male Sikh

KHAF               The 11th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

KHAT               A shrub of East Africa. Leaves are chewed as a drug

KHET               The 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

KHIS                The plural of KHI, the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet

KHOR              (Arabic) A dry watercourse or ravine

KHUD              A pit, hollow or ravine

KISH                Solid graphite which separates from hot cast iron

KOHL              A think powder which is used as eye makeup

KOPH              The 19th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

KUEH              A Malaysian, Indian or Chinese cake

LAKH               (Hindi) A unit of counting one hundred thousand

OKEH              An expression of agreement

RUKH              An enormous bird of Arabian legend

SUKH              An Arab marketplace

 

Happy Scrabbling

Patrick

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