A Scrabble Word14 January, 2009
(((Wife))) and I were playing Scrabble yesterday. Our game has been improving since we got the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. We’ve discovered lots and lots of new words. Words like ‘za,’ ‘qi,’ and ‘zuz.’ (((Wife))) converted ‘rude to ‘prude’ by adding the word ‘tup.’
I checked the dictionary. I am familiar with the word. I have run across it in some historical documents as a slang word for intercourse. I wasn’t sure if slang, specifically sexual slang, was allowed (after all, ‘fuck,’ ‘cunt,’ and others are NOT in the dictionary).
Sure enough. It was in there. ‘Tup’ means, of course, ‘to have intercourse with a ewe.’
I immediately asked, “So where do you suppose the word ‘tuppence’ came from? Is that what the shepherd gets paid?”
(((Wife))), without missing a beat (she IS the funny one, after all), replies, “And tupperwear? Would that be velcro gloves?”
It is unusual when (((Wife))) and I can complete a Scrabble game without erupting, at least once, into peals of laughter.