Being Tested For Your O Levels

April 5, 2019

I received some good comments about the previous blog which was getting your L plate. A reference to knowing some of the words which can be made by hooking a letter in front of another word beginning with L.


Getting you O levels may be a concept in the English education system rather than our own, but it seems the appropriate reference for being good at hooking letters in front of words beginning with the letter O


Your quiz this week is to come up as many words as you can by hooking a letter in front of the following words


OBANG                      OBEY                         OBIA                          OGLE

OLLA                         OLOGY                       OLPE                         OMBU

ONION                       ONIUM                      ONLY                          ONTIC

ONTO                         OORIE                       OPAL                          OPERA

OPPO                         ORRA                        OUTRE                       OVARY


All of those words take at least one front hook. A couple take as many as 3. Just try to work out what ones you would play if you had the right letter.


You will already know the meaning of a lot of those words, but some of the more unusual ones are:


An OBANG is an obsolete Japanese gold coin and OBIA is a form of West Indian witchcraft. An OLPE is a Greek jug and an OMBU is a South American tree.


OORIE is a Scots word meaning dingy or shabby, and ORRA, meaning not matched is also Scots. Sometimes I feel my blog wouldn’t be complete without at least a couple of words from North of the border!   


OLOGIES and ONIUMS are sort of similar to each other. OLOGIES refers to sciences in general that end with those letters and ONIUMS refers to ionic compounds in general that end with those letters


ONTIC is the most interesting one. My word program says that it is an adjective meaning having a real existence. Just for fun I googled ‘opposite of ontic’ expecting it to come up with something like ethereal, but instead I got matches talking about Epistemic and Ontic approaches to Quantum Mechanics


Anyway, that is enough about the base wards. Here are the answers:


GOBANG        A Japanese board game

KOBANG        A different spelling of OBANG, the Japanese gold coin

                              My blog wouldn’t be complete without at least a couple of Japanese words


MOBEY           Slang for a mobile phone – also MOBE, MOBIE and MOBY


COBIA             A large fish


BOGLE            A sort of dance. Can be used as a verb meaning to do that dance

FOGLE             A silk handkerchief


HOLLA            To shout out a greeting

MOLLA           A Muslim learned in theology and law


OOLOGY        The study of bird’s eggs


GOLPE            A round purple object in heraldry


KOMBU          A type of Japanese seaweed used to flavour stock


GONION         A part of the lower jaw

RONION         A mangy or scabby creature


CONIUM        A poisonous herb

GONIUM        An immature reproductive cell

IONIUM         A radioactive isotope of thorium


FONLY            Foolishly

SONLY            Pertaining to a son


PONTIC           Relating to the PONS a part of the brain. Also PONTAL


CONTO           Portuguese money


COORIE          A Scots word meaning to snuggle

GOORIE          A mongrel

TOORIE          A scots word for a small heap or a knob of hair


COPAL            A hard reason obtained from tropical trees

NOPAL            A Central American cactus


POPERA          Operatic music presented in a way to gain popular appeal


ZOPPO            Having a syncopated or changing beat


MORRA          A game of guessing how many fingers are being held up

SORRA            An Irish term for either sorrow or the devil


FOUTRE          A Scots term meaning to mess around aimlessly


COVARY         To vary the main values together


Happy Scrabbling



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