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Words with J

August 3, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Words with JDid you know that the last letter added to the alphabet was the letter J? Thanks to the Italian Renaissance grammarian named Gian Giorgio Trissino (aka father of the letter J) words with J started to exist. The letter J was originally not a letter at all. It was used simply as a finishing letter to Roman numerals ending in “I”. It was not until 1524 when both I and J were distinguished from each other.

Funny words with J

Jabberwocky

The word is actually from a nonsensical poem “Jaberwocky” which is a sequel of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Based on the literary piece from which it was derived, jabberwocky means nonsense, babble, or gibberish. Its meaning comes from the way it was used in the poem itself. Over time, jabberwocky gained several meanings and has been widely used in famous literary pieces and adapted in various media and entertainment forms.

Jackalope

No factual or scientific data is available to describe a jackalope since it is a mythical creature from North American folklore. It is described as a mammal that resembles a jackrabbit but with horns. It was claimed to have existed during the 1800 and became extinct a decade or so before the year 1900.

Katzenjammer

Derived from the German language, katzenjammer is one of the words with J that refers to an animal sound, specifically the sound produced by a wailing cat. It may also mean a depressing state of emotion or may be associated with a hangover as result of alcohol.

 

In the world of word games, the letter J is one of the valuable and scarce letters. For instance, the value of the letter J in Hasbro’s Scrabble is 8 (2nd highest value) while it is 10 (highest score) in Bertheussen IT’s Wordfeud and Zynga’s Words with Friends. A comprehensive list of non-proper noun words with J is clearly very useful to Scrabble, Wordfeud, and Words with Friends players.

List of Words with J

Two-Letter words with J

JA and JO are the only valid 2-letter words with j.

JA is the German form of yes. Although ja is a valid word in the international tournament play, it is not found in Merriam-Webster’s Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 4th Edition.

JO is another word for sweetheart, darling or beloved one. Its plural form is “joes” and it traces its origin back to the Scots.

Add “Y” to JA and JO and you will form “jay” and “joy.” These two high-scoring words can become more high-scoring when you use them to make parallel plays (forming words parallel to each other).

Three-Letter words with J

HAJ, RAJ and TAJ are the only valid 3-letter words ending with j.

HAJ is an Arabic word which means “pilgrimage.” HAJ is a variant of hadj and hajj.

RAJ is a Hindi word. Among its synonyms are rule, govern, and sovereignty.

TAJ is of Persian and Arabic origins. It means “crown” or “crest”. In Muslim countries, it is the term used to refer to the tall, canonical (sometimes curved) caps distinctively worn by male and female Muslims. The Taj Mahal in India is the most well-known and photographed mausoleum in the world.

There are 22 more valid 3-letter J words, these are JAB, JAG, JAM, JAR, JAW, JAY, JEE, JET, JEU, JIB, JIG, JIN, JOB, JOE, JOG, JOT, JOW, JOY, JUG, JUN, JUS, and JUT.

Four-Letter words with J

JINX, JOKY and JEUX are J words that would assure you of at least 18 points each time you play them (provided you are using no blanks).

JINX may mean “to bring bad luck” but playing the word “jinx” definitely means good fortune to the player.

JOKY is an adjective used to describe something or someone funny. Its variant is jokey.

JEUX is the plural form of the French word jeu – “game”.

Five-Letter words with J

Ten of the highest-scoring 5-letter words with J are JACKY, JIFFY, JIMMY, JEMMY, JUMPY, JOKEY, JUNKY, JIMPY, JAMMY and JERKY.

JACKY and JIFFY, without blank tiles; these two words are worth at least 21 points each. JACKY, written in lowercase, is another word for sailor. Native Australians are collectively called Jacky or Jackie (with letter J written in uppercase). JIFFY, the origin of this word is uncertain. Its synonyms include instant, second, and flash.

The following words are worth at least 19 points each: JIMMY, JEMMY, JUMPY, JOKEY, JUNKY, JIMPY, JAMMY and JERKY. JIMMY (US) and JEMMY (British) both refer to a crowbar used to forcibly open doors.

Six-Letter words with J

MUZJIK, BANJAX and HIJACK are the top 3 highest scoring 6-letter J words. MUZJIK is worth at least 28 points, while the remaining two are each worth 22 points.

MUZJIK or muzhik is a Russian word for “peasant”. Muzjiks, JOUSTED, JUKEBOX and FLAPJACK are words with J which are in HowStuffWorks.com’s list of 20 words a scrabble player must know.

Words with Q

August 2, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Words with QIt is always good to discover new things. For wordsmiths, logophiles, and word game buffs, learning about rarely used words with Q and their definitions is like discovering an uncharted goldmine. Among the famous high profile word game buffs are US President Barack Obama (Scrabble), Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin (Words with Friends), and talk show host and celebrity chef Rachel Ray (Quordy).

For casual word game players, having a “Q” in their rack is a big pain in the neck. This is especially true if they do not have a letter U. The reason for this is that majority of the words with Q that has U are seldom used in the English language. In addition, many words beginning with Q are tongue-twisters. Thus, they are not used in casual conversations. In fact, the letter Q is considered to be the second least commonly used letter in the English alphabet. It is used less than 0.10% of the time in casual conversations. This makes words with Q particularly challenging to retain in one’s memory.

On the other hand, word game fanatics who have a good stock of words with Q up their sleeves would gladly have this letter. They know that, aside from having luck on their side, they can dominate and win a game by playing their Q words strategically. Below are words with Q that every word game player should know.

Do take note that some of the words below may not be found in Hasbro’s dictionary – the Merriam-Webster’s Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 4th Edition. Those words are not considered valid in Scrabble but are acceptable in other word games.

 

Words with Q Without U

Not many know that there are more than a dozen words with Q without U. These include the following:

mbaqanga – a variety of music of rural Zulu (South Africa) origin.

qabab – a grilled dish of marinated or seasoned meat of pork, beef, or seafood; commonly spelled as kebab.

qanat – an irrigation system used in hot climates, especially in the Middle East.

qepiq – a  monetary unit used in Azerbaijan.

qindar – a monetary unit used in Albania .

qorma – a dish curry variety; also spelled as korma.

qwerty – a term used for letter arrangements similar to that of a computer keyboard.

 

Two-Letter Q word

There is only one 2-letter Q word recognized in the English language.

qi – a life force of fire as believed by Chinese people.

 

Three-Letter Words with Q

qat – the buds and leaves of an evergreen shrub found in Africa and in the Middle East; alternative spelling of khat.

qin – a Chinese string musical instrument.

qis – plural form of qi.

qua – an adverb or preposition used to express ‘in the capacity of’ or “as”.

suq – a Muslim term for marketplace; a variant of souk.

 

Four-Letter Words with Q

aqua– a tasteless, transparent and odorless liquid (water).

qoph – the 19th letter in the Hebrew alphabet; a variant of koph.

quag – another word for quagmire; a marshy place.

quay – a place for landing; wharf; alternative spelling of quai.

quiz – a form of test to guage one’s knowledge in a particular area.

 

Five-Letter Words with Q

aquae – plural form of aqua; light blue-green color.

faqir – a religious Muslim who vows to live in poverty; fakir (alternate spelling).

maqui – an edible berry bearing shrub originating from Chile.

quads – plural form for quad which means muscles of the quadriceps.

queue – a line of people waiting for their turn or a tail of hair from the back of a person’s head.

talaq – a word that is uttered three times by a Muslim husband to repudiate his marriage to his wife.

tranq– alternate spelling of trank; a tranquilizing drug.

 

Six-Letter Words with Q

cazique – alternate spelling of cacique; Indian clan or Mexican tribe chieftain. In Scrabble history, this word was used in its plural form by Dr. Karl Khoshnaw in 1882 and it scored him a world-record score of 392 when he place it on two triple squares.

queazy – alternate spelling of queasy which means nauseating; earning a player of at least 27 points, this word is the highest-scoring six-letter word (provided there are no blanks, premium word squares, and parallels) in a turn.

quetzal – a monetary unit in Guatamela; this word earns a player 25 points – the second highest-score in a turn (provided there are no blanks, premium word squares, and parallels).