S TRAPS - Jan 31

Yes there is supposed to be a gap after the S. These are not straps, they are traps where you might mistakenly put an S. This topic came to me after an A Grader at the tournament mentioned to me they had been challenged off when they put an S after a 2 letter word. I then remembered that at club last week I had challenged another A Grade player when they put an S after a different 2 letter word. If A Grade players can make this mistake it should be good revision for other players as well. This list is just 2 letter words after which you cannot put an S. It is not a comprehensive list. I am sure you don't need me to tell you that AX, HM, MY or ST don't take an S. They are just a few I have selected where a mistake might be possible. In most cases they take many other hooks other than an S, but since there are often so many I won't be covering those other hooks, just the fact that they do not take an S


AW - Exclamation of disgust. Exclamations usually don't pluralise


DE - Means FROM. It is usually used in names.


EE - Scots for ONE. No idea why no S. Scots have their own rules


ET - A past tense of the verb EAT


JA - An interjection borrowed from German meaning YES


JO - A Scottish sweetheart. The only plural is JOES


KY - This means CATTLE, so it is already a plural*


NE - Means NOT. This is easy to remember if you say Never Ever S


OW - An interjection expressing pain. Interjections don't pluralise


TO - In the direction of. You can't have tos and fros. Just FROS


UH - Used to express hesitation


UR - Also used to express hesitation


WE - Refers to us as more than one person, so is already a plural


XU - Vietnamese currency. Monetary systems have their own rules


YO - An interjection calling for attention


ZE - A gender neutral 3rd person subjective pronoun like THEY


*Don't assume KYE has the same meaning as KY. It is a public fund in Korean villages for offsetting wedding and funeral costs. KYES is fine


Happy Scrabbling

Patrick











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