I’ve taken to playing Scrabble against the computer and — being the ridiculously competitive person I am — will only play the “hard” level. This means I lose
almost every game, though I’m sure to learn about 10 new words in every sitting. Here are a few from last night:
toom: empty, vacant; to empty or drain the contents (of a vessel)
gonof: a disreputable or dishonest person (also gonif, goniff, ganef)
aliya: the honor of being called upon to read from the Torah
terret: each of the loops of rings on a driving harness pad for the reins to pass through
codeia: a sleep-inducing drug derived from morphine
alkoxy: of or containing a univalent organic radical consisting of an alkyl group attached to oxygen
anopia: the absence of sight
yupon: a holly shrub or small tree with bitter leaves, found in the southern U.S., sometimes used to make tea (also yaupon, yapon)
I fear all technology, certain it’s soon to drain our brains. But maybe, just maybe, if I can use at least 3 of these words together — in one sentence — I can stave off the techno-beast.
Is your technology making you smarter?