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"Eyot" lost me a game of Scrabble.

Earl
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Oct 15 2008, 7:57am


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"Eyot" lost me a game of Scrabble. Can't Post

I play a lot of Scrabble with my dad and bro and I get loads of pleasure making "Tolkien" words that are unfamiliar to both of them. Dad and bro usually need to resort to one of the two dictionaries we have (one is the Webster's English Dictionary and the other is the American Heritage Dictonary of the English Language) to confirm that I'm not making things up in such cases Wink Few such examples are whin, nowt, quag and other such strangeely-spelt words.

One such thing happened yesterday. I made "eyot" and then sat back comfortably with a smirk on my face as my dad checked one dictionary and then the other. A few minutes later I was taken aback to find out that the word was in neither dictionary. I got a negative score, had to take back my alphabets, and pass my turn (a rule we came up with to prevent wrong words blocking up the game board Crazy). Anyway, in the final tally, I lost.

But I was more flustered about "eyot" not being in the dictionaries than by losing. Now my "Webster's" is pretty old - but not too old - possibly a 90's edition since I bought it during school, and the "American Heritage" is about 4 - 5 years old. So what could be a possible reason for not having a word that Tolkien wrote decades before? I'm pretty intrigued.

Anyway, that's a rhetorical question but if anyone wants to pitch in, I'm all ears. I've done a Google "define: eyot" and I'm going to print that page out as proof. I want to save face. Plus, I don't want Tolkien's works (and words) to lose credibility in my dad and bro's opinions.

Crows and Gibbets! What is The House Of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires.

Subject User Time
"Eyot" lost me a game of Scrabble. Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 15 2008, 7:57am
    Get an Official Scrabble Words Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Oct 15 2008, 8:17am
        I hate to say it, Eruwestial37 Send a private message to Eruwestial37 Oct 15 2008, 11:34pm
        Yeah... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 6:22am
            Can't imagine Chiswick Eyot inspiring many people! Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Oct 16 2008, 7:45am
    Oh no! Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Oct 15 2008, 9:31am
        Yes, I saw it in the OED... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Oct 15 2008, 11:29am
            Ahhh... that darned American-British difference Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 6:36am
        You know... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 6:26am
            Word-geeks Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Oct 16 2008, 6:36am
    Just looked for it Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Oct 15 2008, 2:45pm
        Yeah... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 6:38am
            These differences are such a nuissance sometimes! Peredhil lover Send a private message to Peredhil lover Oct 16 2008, 3:09pm
    "Catherine Stimpson singles out 'eyot' as an example of Tolkien's poor writing..." N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Oct 15 2008, 5:00pm
        Whether or not ... Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Oct 15 2008, 7:10pm
        Just read that... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 6:48am
        Tsk Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 16 2008, 9:16pm
            Are you addressing Stimpson, Rosebury, or Drout? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Oct 17 2008, 3:39am
                general observation Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 17 2008, 3:53am
                    I think such an approach would be welcome in the Reading Room. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Oct 17 2008, 3:33pm
                        For instance, this quote by Tolkien N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Oct 18 2008, 10:14pm
                            well Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 19 2008, 3:49pm
            Bounce, bounce, bounce..........? silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Oct 20 2008, 1:52am
                But Tolkien sought for meaning. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Oct 20 2008, 3:46am
                    Yes, he did silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Oct 20 2008, 1:26pm
    IIRC, I once had that problem with "drey." Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum Oct 15 2008, 9:07pm
        Speaking of "squirrels"... dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 15 2008, 10:05pm
            I've always thought Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Oct 15 2008, 11:42pm
                The word 'vair'... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Oct 16 2008, 1:00am
                    So in a Mirkwood coat of arms, does "vair" = "sable"? :-D // Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum Oct 16 2008, 12:50pm
                So Tolkien is actually alluding to dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 16 2008, 1:55am
                    Very interesting indeed! Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum Oct 16 2008, 12:53pm
                Wow... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 7:05am
                Very interesting, thanks! Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum Oct 16 2008, 1:01pm
        The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 6:57am
            I was going to add... Earl Send a private message to Earl Oct 16 2008, 7:10am
        Squirrlish stormcrow20 Send a private message to stormcrow20 Oct 16 2008, 8:06am
            Really? I never heard of such a thing. Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum Oct 16 2008, 1:09pm
                Ouch! stormcrow20 Send a private message to stormcrow20 Oct 16 2008, 10:45pm
                    LOL at the image of squirrel-copters! Smeagirl/Girllum Send a private message to Smeagirl/Girllum Oct 17 2008, 7:17pm

 
 
 

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