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Clean Up With a Rag

The best find last week was by Alex who played a word against me from the letters AAGHRSW. That has given me my theme for this blog.


A Grade Challenge


Here are 5 words to unscramble which all have the letters AGR:


A A D E G H R

A A G N O R Z

A B G I L T R

A D G H O O R

A A E G N R W


B & C Grade Study List


6 Letter words ending in RAG are perhaps an obscure subject for the learning list, but I will try to get back to basics next week. There are 14 words of 6, 7 or 8 letters that end in RAG, although not all of them have anything to do with rags.


BALLYRAG To maltreat someone by playing practical jokes

BODRAG A hostile attack

BULLYRAG To intimidate by bullying

DEFRAG To reorganise computer files more efficiently

DISHRAG A cloth for washing dishes

DUSTRAG A rag used for dusting

OUTBRAG To surpass in bragging

OUTDRAG To surpass in drag racing

SNOTRAG A handkerchief

STONERAG A kind of lichen

TAGRAG Riffraff

TOERAG A tramp or despicable person

UPDRAG To drag upward

WASHRAG A facecloth or flannel


In addition to those there is one 9 letter word and one 10 letter word, but they have such interesting meanings I am mentioning them as well. Scrabble players like interesting words, even if they are unlikely to be able to play them. I can’t wait to find an excuse to drop the 2nd one into a conversation!


WALLYDRAG

A feeble, imperfectly developed or slovenly creature


HUMBLEBRAG

To make a statement that purports to be self-effacing, but in fact reveals a person’s wealth or importance


Answers to A Grade Challenge


RAGHEAD

This is in our dictionary, but not the sanitized dictionary used in some countries where the Americans have deleted words that they believe to be offensive. In this case it is because it is an offensive term for an Arab.


ORGANZA

A transparent silk or nylon


BATGIRL

A girl who minds baseball equipment. BATBOY is also allowed


ROADHOG

A selfish or aggressive driver


NAGWARE

I bet you didn’t know this word, but have experienced it. It is a computer term for software that they allow you to have for free, but then nags you to make a donation.


Happy Scrabbling Patrick

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