Last weekend, I played a game of Fiction Scrabble with a friend at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland. If you've never played Fiction Scrabble, you're really missing out on one of the most fun games ever.


The rules are simple: To play a 'word,' you have to be able to pronounce it and explain what the word means.

I should have known that I'd want to bring a camera along to snap a shot of the board... but if I'd brought my camera, I'd have taken a ton of shots along the way to the pub, and I didn't want to be rude by constantly stopping to take photos. Luckily, my friend had a cameraphone, so here's the shot she took of the board when we were done. Even better, she sent notes for some of the fake words:

Click for a larger view.

Word list:

  1. TERNESS (n.) = A woman who captures and trains terns
  2. YOIT (colloquialism) = English translation of Asian translation of the exclamation commonly used by Shaggy in "Scooby Doo" (i.e. "Yoinks!")
  3. VIMIDO (n.) = A person's general level of "vim and vigor"; varies with age, as does libido
  4. BULPIO (n.) = Vomit derived from digested pulpy fruits; common in South America and other regions where pineapple is heavily consumed
  5. TROAD (n.) = The pattern of treadmarks found on a toad after it has been run over by a vehicle
  6. GNIWERIGEMF (n.) = Gooey, stringy snot resulting from the sneeze of a gniwer (African rodent known for its gnawing habit)
  7. WULTHGA (n.) = Garment worn by Arctic dwellers, resembling a headdress that extends to knee length or farther; wraps around the wearer to help protect him/her from extreme cold
  8. STANPLEX (n., slang) = Hollywood Hills villa (a.k.a compound) owned by the movie star known only as "Stan"
  9. DEGRAWUR (n.) = Southern slang for a large bearded man in possession of a frighteningly gaping mouth (i.e. "graw")
  10. TELYOURTURINGEY (adj.) = Having the characteristics of a "telyourturing" program, in which television airtime is used to recruit "yourturs," i.e. people who rent yourts on vacation
  11. VITPHOOG (n.) = Kitchen implement used to scrape away layers of congealed Chinese food, i.e. "phoog"
  12. VODD (n. slang) = The toned physique sought after by men and women who frequently watch exercise videos
  13. FAEAN (adj.) = Of, or pertaining to, a woodland that is home to faeries
  14. SKISM (n., Swedish) = The gap occurring between a piece of Ikea furniture and the wall against which it is placed, or between two pieces of Ikea furniture
  15. COQO (n., French) = A type of chocolate infused with chicken flavor
  16. JANAFEX (n.) = A genus of sedge, closely related to Spinifex, that lives only during January in North and South Dakota
  17. NEZC (n., Smurfish) = Wrinkly neck fat often seen on older Smurfs

    And, finally, my personal favorite from this list:

  18. BAWEETO (n.) = A game from Bahrain that involves dice and spitting which was adopted by the Bhutanese people.

    iBAWEETO = "There's an app for that!"

My favorite aspect of Fiction Scrabble is that nobody wins or loses. Since the game is based on words that don't exist, it doesn't even make sense to keep score. Play for the fun of it. I think that's awesome.

::::: | Saturday, Jun 26 2010 at 11:11 PM
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Kristen said:

Extra geekiness: I just looked up Spinifex and found that it's a grass, not a sedge. Different family. Dang!

::::: | June 27, 2010 10:23 PM

Rob said:

I'm going to nod and pretend that I knew what a sedge was :)

::::: | June 27, 2010 11:54 PM

GaryJ said:

we used to call this "drunk scrabble" which seems to be fiction scrabble but while being shnocker'd

::::: | July 5, 2010 11:23 PM

(won't be published)


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