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Aug. 18, 2017

When Violably Isn't Enough

January 21, 2009, 12:00 am
By Patricia Sauthoff
The time: 8 pm January 20

The event: Inauguration celebration

The place: All over Santa Fe

Last night, after a long day of hearing Happy Inauguration Day!, I was as happy as the next guy about the events of the morning. New president, no more "War on Grammar," non-believers getting some big ups (it's got such a nicer ring to it than "unbelievers" doesn't it?). But celebrating just wasn't on the agenda for me. Several ignored phone calls and IMs after I got home from work I decided to let the celebrants have their shindigs while I sat at home, alone on the computer and played some online word games.

The whole reason I signed up for Facebook in the first place was Scrabulous. Getting the chance to word nerd at work (where wording and nerding is kind of the order of the day anyway) in a more competitive but fun way sold me and stole me away from MySpace. But then Scrabulous got shut down (stupid intellectual property laws) and the 'book became a different kind of diversion. But damn it, I missed my wording out. My old games were saved but I wanted something new, something different, a challenger who would play me right then and there. So I logged on and found a game (Scrabulous is now called Lexulous, a name that's not nearly as fun to say outloud) with a total stranger. At first, I held my own. A 60 play with "violably" put me up with a solid lead. But I didn't know my opponent and Maree S, whoever s/he is, kicked my ass. This online stranger, whose profile picture is of a seriously cute little dog hails from nowhere that I could see and now, for me, exists only as the person who scored 90-some points with the "word" "caryotin." Being online I searched and searched for the word and couldn't find it in any dictionary. I found several Scrabble places that said it's a valid word but no meaning. A Google search yields several hits that it's a valid word and a bunch of sites in Chinese. What does this word mean? Damn you Maree S. You were cheating though right?

S/he had to be. There's no way this mysterious force could have pulled a word like that out of thin air without the help of some online cheating system. So while my stats say I lost I feel good about my solid 286 score, which came without the aid of any online word finder. Maree S probably won't ask for a rematch, but if s/he does, I'm not falling for it.

Maybe Maree S was a real word genius or maybe s/he was using this bitchin' Scrabble keyboard but I'm thinking not.


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