Sunday, September 03, 2006

What's the Meaning of This?

Had my ritual Shabbat afternoon Scrabble game with my mother-in-law yesterday.

Problem is that when you play Scrabble you are only as good as your opponent's vocabulary. If they don't know a word, they will protest and possibly not allow it.

Furthermore, my MIL says that you can only play a word if you know the meaning of it. This isn't in the rules and I couldn't disagree more with this approach.

Came to a head when I wanted to play TAJ which has nothing to do with the Taj Mahal but is infact a "tall conical cap worn by Muslims as a headdress of distinction".

I didn't know this at the time but its besides the point. Unfortunately our only point of reference was an English-Hebrew dictionary and I wasn't allowed to play it.

Scrabble is like doing a multiple choice test. All that matters is that you colour in the right circle - your reasons for doing so are irrelevant. If your word proves to be illegitimate you lose your turn.

Not that it mattered we had a nice schmooze while we were playing and that's what it is all about.


Blogger anonym00kie said...

mazal tov dotco's MIL!!

(im assuming from your last line that she reads this blog :)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

did u win????

2:40 PM  
Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

Oh no fair! Keep a dictionary handy?

9:24 PM  
Blogger Wisey said...

You can't shorten mother-in-law to MIL!

Put an "f" on there and you're in big trouble.

2:15 AM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Play with a dictionary silly!

4:40 AM  
Anonymous ifyouwillit... said...

I wonder if I still own a single language dictioary, all mine seem to be hebrew/english.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

after a certain age Scrabble and other board games should really be about the fun!
Now a good son in law lets his Mother In Law win, regardless, remember that:)

5:47 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Anonym00kie - No, she doesn't. You think if she does I would even have written this post.

JC - That ain't important ;)

EC - Next time!

Wisey - Fair point but what about Milk or Mild?

FG - I know! I know!

IFWI - Lol!

Prag - Thanks. Great advice :)

10:09 PM  

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