Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Age of Shiva (IV) Miscellanea

In this book, Manil Suri uses the word “TRIMURTI”, defined as the group of three Hindu deities which consisted of Brahma (the creator) along with Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer). This word is not in the Collins Scrabble Dictionary but the word “MURTI” is. MURTI is defined as a shape, a manifestation, embodiment, or personification.

SANYASI+S (a Hindu religious mendicant) and SANYASIN* (not a valid word in Scrabble) both appear in this book. Note that SANNYASI+N,S is also valid in Scrabble

When I looked up “INTERSPRED”*, another word used by Manil Suri, I was surprised to see that it was not good but that there was a valid word with that rack. The word is “RINDERPEST” which is defined as an infectious bacterial disease of cattle and sheep.

BURQA+S BURKA+S and BOURKHA are all valid in Scrabble. Suri uses the word BURKHAS* which is not valid. The same rack gives you the valid word KURBASH. A burka is a long loose robe that covers the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes worn by some Muslim women
Another interesting find is HATEMONGER* (one who excites hate, one who provokes enmity) It’s not valid in Scrabble, but … THEREAMONG is.
P. S. The photo (women going to a Hindu festival) was taken right after the 2007 World Scrabble Championship.

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