Monday, January 07, 2008

A Word So Weird It Must Be An Australian Animal

"It's OK! I've overstood! It's a Wordy Rappinghood!"

The other day Scrabblette was waching me play Scrabble on-line and saw me play JABIRU and asked "what's that?" This is the only word ever Scrabblette has not been able to tell me the etymology of. It's a type of stork. That suggested to me that many Scrabble players may not know some types of animals that are native to Australia, so I've compiled a list of some of them. I've checked these against SOWPODS, use them in a TWL game at your peril.

ANEMONE
BILBY
BITTERN
BOOBOOK
BROLGA
BUDGERIGAR
BUDGIE
CASSOWARY
CORELLA
CORVID
COUCAL
CRAKE
CUTTLEBONE
CUTTLEFISH
DRONGO
DUGONG
DUNNART
ECHIDNA
EMU
FROGFISH
FROGMOUTH
GALAH
GALLINULE
GOANNA
GOATFISH
GREBE
GURNARD
HEELER
JABIRU
JACANA
JUMBUCK
KANGAROO
KOALA
MOORHEN
NANNYGAI
NIGHTJAR
NUMBAT
PADEMELON
PARDALOTE
PIPIT
PIPPY
PITTA
PLATYPUS
POTOROO
QUOKKA
QUOLL
ROSELLA
ROUGHY
SKUA
STINGAREE
THYLACINE
WALLABY
WOMBAT
ZEBRAFISH

NANNYGAI's a pretty good one, isn't it? Your opponent is sure to challenge! By the way if anyone knows where my Tom Toom Club CD is, could they please tell me?

2 comments:

Gns2 said...

hi~, just wake by, nice site you have, keep the good work and i will come back soon to see what new.

Maria said...

Oh, come on, I think you're in trouble if you don't know the emu, won't it be on the citizenship test?

I did find Mr Coffee wasn't familiar with the features of the Eastern Rosella, I was a little disappointed, but I find them a beautiful bird, even if they're known for their nasty tempers.

And anyone who's watched Finding Nemo should be very familiar with the "anemone".