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Avast, ye scurfy dog?

December 31, 2007

My wife and I love to play TextTwist when we have a few minutes to unwind.  The basic idea is that they give you 6 scrambled letters, and you have to make as many 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-letter words with those letters as you can in two minutes.  They show you how many of each length there are to find so you know what you’re up against.

In one of the rounds last night we were given the following:  f r u f s c

So we came up with words like cuff, cuffs, surf, scruff, and so on.  There was one 5-letter word that kept eluding us, though.  The two minutes ran out, and they showed us the word we were missing.

s-c-u-r-f

Are you kidding me?  Scurf?  What the heck does THAT mean?  Someone at Yahoo! games was obviously playing a joke on all of us TextTwisters.  Well, according to Merriam-Webster, it is a real word, and (among other things) means “thin dry scales detached from the epidermis especially in an abnormal skin condition”.  In other words, dandruff.

We had a good laugh, and kept working it into the conversations for the rest of the evening.  None of them were correct uses of the word, mind you, but rather things like “you scurfy looking nerfherder”.  This is one of those words that you could totally scam people with in Balderdash.

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