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Checkmate Scrabble

The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.chessboard_&_pieces_2

The only city whose name can be spelled completely with vowels is Aiea, Hawaii.

Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”

“Polish” is the only word in the English language that when capitalized is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality.

“Corduroy” comes from the French, “cord du roi” or “cloth of the king.”

The slash character is called a virgule, or solidus. A URL uses slash characters, not back slash characters.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

The highest scoring word in the English language game of Scrabble is ‘Quartzy’. This will score 164 points if played across a red triple-word square with the Z on a light blue double-letter square. It will score 162 points if played across two pink double-word squares with the Q and the Y on those squares. ‘Bezique’ and ‘Cazique’ are next with a possible 161 points. All three words score an extra 50 points for having seven letters and therefore emptying the letter rack in one go.

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YKK Is Not For Year 2000

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The reason why golf balls have dimples on them is because it helps in the ball to move a farther distance by reducing drag.


There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to pave a two lane highway from San Francisco to New York.


Spiral staircases in medieval castles are running clockwise. This is because all knights used to be right-handed. When the intruding army would climb the stairs they would not be able to use their right hand which was holding the sword because of the difficulties of climbing the stairs. Left-handed knights would have had no troubles, except left-handed people could never become knights because it was assumed that they were descendants of the devil.


Post-It Notes, which are adhesive notes, were invented while looking for a way to improve the acrylate adhesive found in tapes.


Milton Bradley originally wanted to name the game Twister, Pretzel; but he could not since the name was copyrighted.


The YKK that you see on zippers stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha which is the name of the founder of the zipper manufacturing company in Japan.


Human birth control pills work on gorillas.

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