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18th Apr '16 5:38:34 AM jormis29
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* ''TheBigBangTheory'': A variation occurs in



* ''AsTimeGoesBy'' (Series 5, Episode 1) - After disagreements over ''furzes'' and an attempt to change ''cottage'' to ''pottage'', Jean places ''flug'' and claims it's Old English. All of the preceding are words, although 'flug' is German.

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* ''AsTimeGoesBy'' ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' (Series 5, Episode 1) - After disagreements over ''furzes'' and an attempt to change ''cottage'' to ''pottage'', Jean places ''flug'' and claims it's Old English. All of the preceding are words, although 'flug' is German.



* ''ThreesCompany'' - Jack plays the word "Zixik" and claims that it means "an Abyssinian nose-flute."

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* ''ThreesCompany'' ''Series/ThreesCompany'' - Jack plays the word "Zixik" and claims that it means "an Abyssinian nose-flute."



* ''TheBigBangTheory'': A variation occurs in one episode when the guys are playing [[NerdsSpeakKlingon Klingon]] Boggle and Howard finds the word "kreplach."

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* ''TheBigBangTheory'': ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': A variation occurs in one episode when the guys are playing [[NerdsSpeakKlingon Klingon]] Boggle and Howard finds the word "kreplach."
17th Apr '16 1:30:43 PM CrazyLegs2
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* ''TheBigBangTheory'': A variation occurs in


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* ''TheBigBangTheory'': A variation occurs in one episode when the guys are playing [[NerdsSpeakKlingon Klingon]] Boggle and Howard finds the word "kreplach."
--> '''Raj:''' That isn't Klingon, it's Yiddish for "meat-filled dumpling."
--> '''Howard:''' Well, as it turns out, it's also a Klingon word.
--> '''Leonard:''' Really? Define it.
--> '''Howard:''' Kreplach: a hearty Klingon...dumpling.
8th Jan '16 7:16:47 PM nombretomado
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* KanalK, an Argentinian version of the British SpittingImage, had the likeness of then president Menem playing Scrabble with other character and making up words based in his known extensively publicized verbal blunders. One of his words is ''"esnesario"'' (he famously mangled to this the phrase "es necesario") an other is ''"latoye"'' (his daughter's then boyfriend was the soccer player Latorre, and the mangled result was the way he pronounced the name due to his being from La Rioja province).

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* KanalK, an Argentinian version of the British SpittingImage, ''Series/SpittingImage'', had the likeness of then president Menem playing Scrabble with other character and making up words based in his known extensively publicized verbal blunders. One of his words is ''"esnesario"'' (he famously mangled to this the phrase "es necesario") an other is ''"latoye"'' (his daughter's then boyfriend was the soccer player Latorre, and the mangled result was the way he pronounced the name due to his being from La Rioja province).
30th Dec '15 5:32:22 PM Den
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** Played straight when Darlene plays the word "BUCKETY" in a game of Scrabble against her sister Becky. When Becky challenges it, Darlene defines it as "of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of a bucket". Becky appeals to their father to mediate, and he casually replies, with a shrug, "It's a perfectly cromulent word".

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** Played straight when Darlene plays the word "BUCKETY" in a game of Scrabble against her sister Becky. When Becky challenges it, Darlene defines it as "of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of a bucket". Becky appeals to their father to mediate, and he casually replies, with a shrug, "It's a perfectly cromulent word".word.
* In ''Series/{{The Office}}'', Michael attempts to hasten a game of Scrabble between Jim and Creed by grabbing all of Jim's tiles and playing "NOSCRUB." Creed immediately challenges.
15th Dec '15 8:51:50 AM StFan
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* Ted Blumberg once recounted a game of Scrabble with his younger sister during which she played the word "PLRTNYP", and then dared him to look it up in the dictionary. He found the word in the dictionary, defined as "word only used in Scrabble", written in crayon.
* One of French comedian Pierre Palmade's sketches depicts a game of Scrabble with his wife and son, coming up with such words as "KAWAX" and "WAKER". (Note that "W" is one of the highest scoring letters in French Scrabble, unlike in the English version.)
-->"It's a word, [[BadLiar which by the way no longer exists,]] [[DiggingYourselfDeeper that refers to an... an object,]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment which by the way no longer exists...]]"
* Mike Birbiglia, referring to the state of rap; he "wouldn't want to play Scrabble with Music/JayZ".
-->"'The word is 'DRIZZAH', D-R-I-Z-Z-A-H, triple ''word''.' 'Yeah, I'm gonna have to challenge that one, Jay... let me consult my ''dictionizzah''. First of all, it's not a word. Second of all, [[http://static.musictoday.com/store/bands/2116/product_large/4ICT05.JPG one of your Zs is a sideways N]]."
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* A one-off ''{{Oink!}}'' strip used this trope, but subverted it because the word was supposedly in the dictionary, albeit defined as "a word commonly used for cheating at Scrabble".

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* A one-off ''{{Oink!}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Oink}}'' strip used this trope, but subverted it because the word was supposedly in the dictionary, albeit defined as "a word commonly used for cheating at Scrabble".



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* ''UndocumentedFeatures'' has Lying Bastard Scrabble. [[http://www.eyrie-productions.com/Forum-docs/DCForumID9/215.html Here]] is a forum post about it.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Gryphon]]:''' In the pure form of LBS, no real words are allowed, and a player accidentally making up a word that can be proven real is disqualified.

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* ''UndocumentedFeatures'' has Lying Bastard ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin plays "Zqfmgb" on a Double Word Score box for [[UpToEleven 957 points]].
--->'''Hobbes:''' "Zqfmgb" isn't a word! It doesn't even have a vowel!\\
'''Calvin:''' It is so a word! It's a worm found in New Guinea! Everyone knows that!\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'm looking it up.\\
'''Calvin:''' You do, and I'll look up that 12-letter word ''you'' played with all the [[NoodleIncident X's and J's]]!"\\
'''Hobbes:''' ...what's your score for "zqfmgb"?\\
'''Calvin:''' 957.
** In another strip, Calvin somehow scores 2 points by playing the word "be", despite the letter B being worth three points in
Scrabble. [[http://www.eyrie-productions.com/Forum-docs/DCForumID9/215.html Here]] is a forum post about it.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Gryphon]]:''' In
(It's technically possible that the pure form of LBS, no B could have been a blank, and he played the 'E' on a double-score tile, but who's counting?) Hobbes counters with "Nucleoplasm", which ''is'' a real words are allowed, and word, but it's left unclear how he could spell an 11-letter word in a player accidentally making up single turn. (It's possible he could have prefixed "nucleo" to an existing "plasm" on the board, but [[PlayedForLaughs that's not important]].) Hobbes' play is illegal in another way: first he plays "xygomorphic", Calvin uses the I to play "in", then Hobbes uses the N to play "nucleoplasm". This results in Hobbes spelling "cu", which isn't a word and therefore invalidates "nucleoplasm" by default. Considering he makes up his own Chance cards for Monopoly, they could be using house rules. That or Calvin, being six years old, doesn't understand the rules entirely.
* There is a ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' cartoon
that can shows Grimm and Attilla playing Scrabble. Grimm challenges Attilla when he plays the word "meow". The point being that [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke Grimm is a dog and Attila is a cat]].]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': "What does H-O-H spell?" "Water?" [[DontExplainTheJoke Slightly justified in that the structure for water is indeed H-O-H]] (H[[subscript:2]]O).
* After a long dry spell in a game, Wally of ''ComicStrip/StoneSoup'' puts down "Zuccini" [sic] on a double-word score. He defends himself by saying that's how it's spelled at the produce stand, only to
be proven real is disqualified.told "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin They also sell 'onyons' and 'bokays'.]]"
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip (September 8, 1989), Dogbert plays the word 'neans', not for the points, but simply to get rid of some N's. Dilbert responds with "[[IncrediblyLamePun The N's don't justify the 'neans'.]]"



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* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', [[TheHero Bishop]] tries to play the word "scrunchy" and describes it as "you know what happens to your face? Right now, your face is scrunchy."
** Of course, "scrunchy" is a real word, though some people might be more familiar with the spelling "scrunchie".
* Subverted in ''Film/KingRalph'': When Ralph and Miranda are playing Scrabble during their first date, Ralph plays the simple word "yo". When Miranda objects, saying that there's no such word, Ralph replies, "Are you crazy? I use it all the time! You don't have to look it up. We're using the King's English, right? If I say it, it's a word."
** Oddly enough, the rules for Scrabble do state that you can use slang...

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* ''UndocumentedFeatures'' has Lying Bastard Scrabble. [[http://www.eyrie-productions.com/Forum-docs/DCForumID9/215.html Here]] is a forum post about it.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Gryphon]]:''' In the pure form of LBS, no real words are allowed, and a player accidentally making up a word that can be proven real is disqualified.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', [[TheHero Bishop]] tries to play the word "scrunchy" and describes it as "you know what happens to your face? Right now, your face is scrunchy."
**
" Of course, "scrunchy" is a real word, though some people might be more familiar with the spelling "scrunchie".
* Subverted in ''Film/KingRalph'': When Ralph and Miranda are playing Scrabble during their first date, Ralph plays the simple word "yo". When Miranda objects, saying that there's no such word, Ralph replies, "Are you crazy? I use it all the time! You don't have to look it up. We're using the King's English, right? If I say it, it's a word."
**
" Oddly enough, the rules for Scrabble do state that you can use slang...



-->'''Durant''': Super Six Four, this is Super Six One, go to UHF secure. I have some bad news for you.\\
'''Wolcott''': ...Limo is a word, Durant, I don't want to hear it.\\
'''Durant''': It is ''not'' a word! It's an abbreviation of a word!\\
'''Wolcott''': It is a word in common usage. That's the name of the game in Scrabble my friend, "common usage".\\
'''Durant''': When I get back to base it's coming off the board!\\
'''Wolcott''': You touch my "limo" and I'll spank you, Night Stalker.\\
'''Durant''': Heh, promises.

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-->'''Durant''': -->'''Durant:''' Super Six Four, this is Super Six One, go to UHF secure. I have some bad news for you.\\
'''Wolcott''': ...'''Wolcott:''' ...Limo is a word, Durant, I don't want to hear it.\\
'''Durant''': '''Durant:''' It is ''not'' a word! It's an abbreviation of a word!\\
'''Wolcott''': '''Wolcott:''' It is a word in common usage. That's the name of the game in Scrabble my friend, "common usage".\\
'''Durant''': '''Durant:''' When I get back to base it's coming off the board!\\
'''Wolcott''': '''Wolcott:''' You touch my "limo" and I'll spank you, Night Stalker.\\
'''Durant''': '''Durant:''' Heh, promises.



* In ''Watchers'' by DeanKoontz, a significant shift in Nora's personality and her relationship with Travis is signaled by her joking with him by playing such fictitious words as "dofnup" (she claims it's a logger's nightcap) and "hurkey" (claiming it's a dish made with both ham and turkey).

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* In ''Watchers'' by DeanKoontz, Creator/DeanKoontz, a significant shift in Nora's personality and her relationship with Travis is signaled by her joking with him by playing such fictitious words as "dofnup" (she claims it's a logger's nightcap) and "hurkey" (claiming it's a dish made with both ham and turkey).



* One of DaveBarry's columns ("Wheel of Misfortune") talks about how he's bad at Scrabble and often makes words up. When asked to use the word "doot" in a sentence, his reply is "Look! A doot!" He later claims that the answer to a ''WheelOfFortune'' puzzle contained this word.

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* One of DaveBarry's Creator/DaveBarry's columns ("Wheel of Misfortune") talks about how he's bad at Scrabble and often makes words up. When asked to use the word "doot" in a sentence, his reply is "Look! A doot!" He later claims that the answer to a ''WheelOfFortune'' ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' puzzle contained this word.



* Averted in Literature/{{Discworld}} when Leonard of Quirm invents the Make Words With Tiles That Have Been All Mixed Up Game. Everyone's words are perfectly cromulent (except for Nobby's - they aren't made up, it's just that Colon, who considers Leonard and Lord V to be Polite Society, won't let him explain what they mean). (Of course, Vetinari wins.)

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* Averted in Literature/{{Discworld}} when Leonard of Quirm invents the Make Words With Tiles That Have Been All Mixed Up Game. Everyone's words are perfectly cromulent (except for Nobby's - -- they aren't made up, it's just that Colon, who considers Leonard and Lord V to be Polite Society, won't let him explain what they mean). (Of course, Vetinari wins.)



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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' - "jozxyqk": a Cat word meaning "the sound you make when you get your sexual organs trapped in something."
--> '''Lister:''' Is it in the dictionary?
--> '''Cat:''' It might be, if you were reading it in the nude and closed the book too fast.
* Used in ''{{Bottom}}'', as part of a long string of jokes about not comprehending the point of a crossword puzzle. Asked to come up with a six-letter word meaning 'fish', Eddie takes it literally and ''comes up with'' "vzzbks".
* ''LittleBritain'' - "cupboardy" (Kenny Craig hypnotizes his mother to believe that "cupboardy" is a valid word.)
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' - "Quilty": "Her grandmother's bed was warm and... quilty."

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' - "jozxyqk": ''Series/RedDwarf'': "jozxyqk" -- a Cat word meaning "the sound you make when you get your sexual organs trapped in something."
--> '''Lister:''' -->'''Lister:''' Is it in the dictionary?
-->
dictionary?\\
'''Cat:''' It might be, if you were reading it in the nude and closed the book too fast.
* Used in ''{{Bottom}}'', ''Series/{{Bottom}}'', as part of a long string of jokes about not comprehending the point of a crossword puzzle. Asked to come up with a six-letter word meaning 'fish', Eddie takes it literally and ''comes up with'' "vzzbks".
* ''LittleBritain'' - ''LittleBritain'': "cupboardy" (Kenny -- Kenny Craig hypnotizes his mother to believe that "cupboardy" is a valid word.)
word.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' - "Quilty": ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': "Quilty" -- "Her grandmother's bed was warm and... quilty."



* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had Francis scamming Craig at Scrabble by claiming that everything was a "military term". He later retaliated:
-->"And I'm pretty sure 'myzsrec' is spelled with a 'k'!"

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
**
Francis is scamming Craig at Scrabble by claiming that everything was a "military term". He later retaliated:
-->"And
retaliates:
--->'''Craig:''' And
I'm pretty sure 'myzsrec' "myzsrec" is spelled with a 'k'!""k"!



* ''{{Spaced}}'' had a variant in that the words weren't made up, just extremely dubious. They included "Shazam" and "Pro-V" ("That's not a word, it's something they made up to make shampoo sound important").
** It should be noted though that "shazam" is indeed a playable word in a game of Scrabble.
*** As is Pro-V, with the new rules.
* In a rare dramatic use of this trope, ''Series/{{CSI}}'' featured a player who used nonword "exvin" in a tournament for a Scrabble FictionalCounterpart game as a bluff. He then added insult to injury; when the opponent added an S to create "exvins", the first player challenged and had the tiles and points removed. [[spoiler:This annoyed the opponent enough to murder him by ''shoving the tiles down his throat''.]]
** Earlier in the episode, Catherine showed that the word "vixen" could be spelled with the same letters, though had he played the valid word he couldn't have screwed his opponent on adding the "S", so it's likely he did it intentionally.
* In ''{{Ellen}}'', Adam is called on his use of the word "susurrus". It turns out to be a real word, but not for a kind of dinosaur as he claimed.
** Not a Scrabble example, but there was an old {{MTV}} mockumentary about a boy band (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2ge%2Bher 2ge+ her]]'') in which said boy band hosted a spelling bee where that word came up. When asked to use it in a sentence, they produced: "Hey, man: check out that sussurrus."
* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', Sophia plays the word "disdam". When Dorothy asks her to use it in a sentence, she says, "You're no good at disdam game!" Sophia usually cheats at board and card games and Dorothy references once having to challenge the word "flot".
* ''Series/FamilyTies'' - Dad Steve puts down "zoquo", Greek for water sports. When Alex is accused of hoarding the U's so nobody can use a Q (which doesn't make sense; a normal Scrabble set contains only one Q, which already would be in "zoquo"), he puts down "ushnuu".

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* ''{{Spaced}}'' ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' had a variant in that the words weren't made up, just extremely dubious. They included "Shazam" and "Pro-V" "Pro-V". ("That's not a word, it's something they made up to make shampoo sound important").
**
important.") It should be noted though that "shazam" is indeed a playable word in a game of Scrabble.
***
Scrabble. As is Pro-V, with the new rules.
* In a rare dramatic use of this trope, ''Series/{{CSI}}'' featured features a player who used nonword "exvin" in a tournament for a Scrabble FictionalCounterpart game as a bluff. He then added insult to injury; when the opponent added an S to create "exvins", the first player challenged and had the tiles and points removed. [[spoiler:This annoyed the opponent enough to murder him by ''shoving the tiles down his throat''.]]
**
]] Earlier in the episode, Catherine showed that the word "vixen" could be spelled with the same letters, though had he played the valid word he couldn't have screwed his opponent on adding the "S", so it's likely he did it intentionally.
* In ''{{Ellen}}'', ''Series/{{Ellen}}'', Adam is called on his use of the word "susurrus". It turns out to be a real word, but not for a kind of dinosaur as he claimed.
**
claimed. Not a Scrabble example, but there was an old {{MTV}} mockumentary about a boy band (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2ge%2Bher 2ge+ her]]'') in which said boy band hosted a spelling bee where that word came up. When asked to use it in a sentence, they produced: "Hey, man: check out that sussurrus."
* In an episode of ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Sophia plays the word "disdam". When Dorothy asks her to use it in a sentence, she says, "You're no good at disdam game!" Sophia usually cheats at board and card games and Dorothy references once having to challenge the word "flot".
* ''Series/FamilyTies'' - ''Series/FamilyTies'': Dad Steve puts down "zoquo", Greek for water sports. When Alex is accused of hoarding the U's so nobody can use a Q (which doesn't make sense; a normal Scrabble set contains only one Q, which already would be in "zoquo"), he puts down "ushnuu".



** Another way the accusation doesn't make sense is that there are several legitimate Scrabble plays which are derived from Arabic and contain Q which is not followed by U (suq, qat, qadi etc. -- although these are more commonly spelled "souk", "khat" and "cadi" respectively, the Q-forms are all listed in ''Official Scrabble Words''). There is also the perfectly legitimate word tranq (short for tranquilizer; it fails spell check, but it passes in Scrabble), and more recently, qi (a ''feng shui'' term, sometimes spelled "chi").
* Subverted in the British SitCom ''{{Grownups}}'': Claire and Grant are playing Scrabble and the former ends the game with the word "fadge". Grant demands Claire to use it in a sentence and Claire says "I beat Grant at Scrabble using the word 'fadge'." Unconvinced, Grant checks the dictionary... and it turns out to be [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Fadge a real word]].

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** :: Another way the accusation doesn't make sense is that there are several legitimate Scrabble plays which are derived from Arabic and contain Q which is not followed by U (suq, qat, qadi etc. -- although these are more commonly spelled "souk", "khat" and "cadi" respectively, the Q-forms are all listed in ''Official Scrabble Words''). There is also the perfectly legitimate word tranq (short for tranquilizer; it fails spell check, but it passes in Scrabble), and more recently, qi (a ''feng shui'' term, sometimes spelled "chi").
* Subverted in the British SitCom ''{{Grownups}}'': ''Series/{{Grownups}}'': Claire and Grant are playing Scrabble and the former ends the game with the word "fadge". Grant demands Claire to use it in a sentence and Claire says "I beat Grant at Scrabble using the word 'fadge'." Unconvinced, Grant checks the dictionary... and it turns out to be [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Fadge a real word]].



** Inverted when dumb guy Mark puts down the word 'oxygen'. The others convince him that this is not a word but an abbreviation so that it will fit on those tanks. When he asks why they don't print it vertically they tell him it's illegal. He is convinced and puts down the word 'it' instead.

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** Inverted when dumb guy Mark puts down the word 'oxygen'."oxygen". The others convince him that this is not a word but an abbreviation so that it will fit on those tanks. When he asks why they don't print it vertically they tell him it's illegal. He is convinced and puts down the word 'it' 'it" instead.



* Subverted in ''{{Becker}}'':

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* Subverted in ''{{Becker}}'':''Series/{{Becker}}'':



'''Jake:''' Sure it is. It's an antiquated, tri-masted Grecian vessel. ''(Which is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xebec actual definition]])''\\

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'''Jake:''' Sure it is. It's an antiquated, tri-masted Grecian vessel. ''(Which (''which is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xebec actual definition]])''\\definition]]'')\\



* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in ''Series/{{ALF}}''; Alf plays the word "quidnunc". Everyone challenges him, but the word exists (it's a term, originally from Latin, for a gossip), although it's not what Alf thought it was (a person who wears meat). Since they all challenged, Alf gets an ExtraTurn: He turns the word into "quidnuncle", a relative who wears meat.
** By Alf's definition, Music/LadyGaga is a quidnunc.
* Parodied in the French-Canadian series "Le Coeur à Ses Raisons". Brett and Criquette are playing a friendly game of scrabble. Criquette places the letters "W-Q-T" to spell the word "Waquetue", a (fictious) nocturnal aquatic animal. Brett spells the word "quixict" (QXTC), also a nocturnal aquatic animal. Criquett then adds an "s" to "QXTC" to spell the word "helicopter"...

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* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in ''Series/{{ALF}}''; Alf plays the word "quidnunc". Everyone challenges him, but the word exists (it's a term, originally from Latin, for a gossip), although it's not what Alf thought it was (a person who wears meat). Since they all challenged, Alf gets an ExtraTurn: He turns the word into "quidnuncle", a relative who wears meat.
**
meat. By Alf's definition, Music/LadyGaga is a quidnunc.
* Parodied in the French-Canadian series "Le Coeur à Ses Raisons".''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons". Brett and Criquette are playing a friendly game of scrabble. Criquette places the letters "W-Q-T" to spell the word "Waquetue", a (fictious) nocturnal aquatic animal. Brett spells the word "quixict" (QXTC), also a nocturnal aquatic animal. Criquett then adds an "s" to "QXTC" to spell the word "helicopter"...






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* ''InQuest'' once had an article which documented a three-day marathon of gaming by five editors. The last game was Scrabble. Since it was being played by sleep-deprived professional geeks, 'words' like "[[RodentsOfUnusualSize ROUS]]" became very common with no one being called out. Also, the geek-friendly "[[Creator/HPLovecraft CTHULHU]]" and the slightly more dubious "URMFGA."

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* ''InQuest'' ''In Quest'' once had an article which documented a three-day marathon of gaming by five editors. The last game was Scrabble. Since it was being played by sleep-deprived professional geeks, 'words' like "[[RodentsOfUnusualSize ROUS]]" became very common with no one being called out. Also, the geek-friendly "[[Creator/HPLovecraft CTHULHU]]" and the slightly more dubious "URMFGA."



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* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin plays "Zqfmgb" on a Double Word Score box for [[UpToEleven 957 points]].
-->'''Hobbes:''' "Zqfmgb" isn't a word! It doesn't even have a vowel!\\
'''Calvin:''' It is so a word! It's a worm found in New Guinea! Everyone knows that!\\
'''Hobbes:''' I'm looking it up.\\
'''Calvin:''' You do, and I'll look up that 12-letter word ''you'' played with all the [[NoodleIncident X's and J's]]!"\\
'''Hobbes:''' ...what's your score for "zqfmgb"?\\
'''Calvin:''' 957.
** In another strip, Calvin somehow scores 2 points by playing the word "be", despite the letter B being worth three points in Scrabble. (It's technically possible that the B could have been a blank, and he played the 'E' on a double-score tile, but who's counting?) Hobbes counters with "Nucleoplasm", which ''is'' a real word, but it's left unclear how he could spell an 11-letter word in a single turn. (It's possible he could have prefixed "nucleo" to an existing "plasm" on the board, but [[PlayedForLaughs that's not important]].)
*** Hobbes' play is illegal in another way: first he plays "xygomorphic", Calvin uses the I to play "in", then Hobbes uses the N to play "nucleoplasm". This results in Hobbes spelling "cu", which isn't a word and therefore invalidates "nucleoplasm" by default.
** Considering he makes up his own Chance cards for Monopoly, they could be using house rules. That or Calvin, being six years old, doesn't understand the rules entirely.
* There was a ''MotherGooseAndGrimm'' cartoon that showed Grimm and Attilla playing Scrabble. Grimm challenged Attilla when he played the word "meow". The point being that [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke Grimm is a dog and Attila is a cat]].]]
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': "What does H-O-H spell?" "Water?"
** [[DontExplainTheJoke Slightly justified in that the structure for water is indeed H-O-H]] (H[[subscript:2]]O).
* After a long dry spell in a game, Wally of ''ComicStrip/StoneSoup'' puts down "Zuccini" [sic] on a double-word score. He defends himself by saying that's how it's spelled at the produce stand, only to be told "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin They also sell 'onyons' and 'bokays'.]]"
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip (September 8, 1989), Dogbert plays the word 'neans', not for the points, but simply to get rid of some N's. Dilbert responds with "[[IncrediblyLamePun The N's don't justify the 'neans'.]]"
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* In the ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Always", Bethany (who is implied to do this on a regular basis) invents the word "narfy", defined as not feeling like doing anything today. She proceeds to use it in a narfy-sounding sentence, then differentiates it from "glubby", which is a similar state brought on by having eaten too much. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, when her older sister Aubrey has left for college, she defends the word "fudnoof" by calling her. Aubrey is able to match her sister's definition without any cues.]]

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* In the ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' episode "Always", Bethany (who is implied to do this on a regular basis) invents the word "narfy", defined as not feeling like doing anything today. She proceeds to use it in a narfy-sounding sentence, then differentiates it from "glubby", which is a similar state brought on by having eaten too much. [[spoiler:At the end of the episode, when her older sister Aubrey has left for college, she defends the word "fudnoof" by calling her. Aubrey is able to match her sister's definition without any cues.]]



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* Ted Blumberg once recounted a game of Scrabble with his younger sister during which she played the word "PLRTNYP", and then dared him to look it up in the dictionary. He found the word in the dictionary, defined as "word only used in Scrabble", written in crayon.
* One of French comedian Pierre Palmade's sketches depicts a game of Scrabble with his wife and son, coming up with such words as ''KAWAX'' and ''WAKER''.
-->"It's a word, [[BadLiar which by the way no longer exists,]] [[DiggingYourselfDeeper that refers to an...an object,]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment which by the way no longer exists...]]"
** Note that "W" is one of the highest scoring letters in French Scrabble, unlike in the English version.
* Mike Birbiglia, referring to the state of rap; he "wouldn't want to play Scrabble with Music/JayZ".
-->"'The word is 'DRIZZAH', D-R-I-Z-Z-A-H, triple ''word''.' 'Yeah, I'm gonna have to challenge that one, Jay... let me consult my ''dictionizzah''. First of all, it's not a word. Second of all, [[http://static.musictoday.com/store/bands/2116/product_large/4ICT05.JPG one of your Zs is a sideways N]]."
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': as seen above, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0031.html Elan the dumb-as-rocks bard plays Scrabble]] with a [[strike:Mind Flayer?]] [[strike:Illithid?]] [[strike:Psionic Danger?]] ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0030.html Squid Thingy!]]''
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Maybe it is a real fish that Squid Thingy knew about because of his arcane knowledge?]]

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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Ted Blumberg once recounted a game of Scrabble with his younger sister during which she played the word "PLRTNYP", and then dared him to look it up in the dictionary. He found the word in the dictionary, defined as "word only used in Scrabble", written in crayon.
* One of French comedian Pierre Palmade's sketches depicts a game of Scrabble with his wife and son, coming up with such words as ''KAWAX'' and ''WAKER''.
-->"It's a word, [[BadLiar which by the way no longer exists,]] [[DiggingYourselfDeeper that refers to an...an object,]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment which by the way no longer exists...]]"
** Note that "W" is one of the highest scoring letters in French Scrabble, unlike in the English version.
* Mike Birbiglia, referring to the state of rap; he "wouldn't want to play Scrabble with Music/JayZ".
-->"'The word is 'DRIZZAH', D-R-I-Z-Z-A-H, triple ''word''.' 'Yeah, I'm gonna have to challenge that one, Jay... let me consult my ''dictionizzah''. First of all, it's not a word. Second of all, [[http://static.musictoday.com/store/bands/2116/product_large/4ICT05.JPG one of your Zs is a sideways N]]."
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': as seen above, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0031.html Elan the dumb-as-rocks bard plays Scrabble]] with a [[strike:Mind Flayer?]] [[strike:Illithid?]] [[strike:Psionic Danger?]] ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0030.html Squid Thingy!]]''
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Maybe it is a real fish that Squid Thingy knew about because of his arcane knowledge?]]
Thingy!]]''



--->'''David Malki !:''' Now, then: Nikolardo points out that the bottom section of the page, where “glond” is found, is a special space for “words which were variants and/or archaic at the time this dictionary was printed, which was 1918.” So it can be argued that “glond” is ''not really'' a word. Not ''anymore''. And what is glond? “Awlwort” or “Cowherb.” THOSE ARE NOT WORDS EITHER.

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--->'''David Malki !:''' -->'''David Malki:''' Now, then: Nikolardo points out that the bottom section of the page, where “glond” is found, is a special space for “words which were variants and/or archaic at the time this dictionary was printed, which was 1918.” So it can be argued that “glond” is ''not really'' a word. Not ''anymore''. And what is glond? “Awlwort” or “Cowherb.” THOSE ARE NOT WORDS EITHER.
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* ''FoxTrot'': "What does H-O-H spell?" "Water?"

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* ''FoxTrot'': ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'': "What does H-O-H spell?" "Water?"
26th Oct '15 11:03:14 AM Totema
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** Which is a subversion on account of it being a real word, but spelled (horribly) wrong.
** It should be noted that Skwisgaar and Toki don't have the greatest grasp on the English language in the first place. (They're Swedish and Norwegian respectively.)

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** Which is something of a subversion on account of it being a real word, but spelled (horribly) wrong.
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wrong. It should be noted that Skwisgaar and Toki don't have the greatest grasp on the English language in the first place. (They're Swedish and Norwegian respectively.))
** Also, no one at the game seems to care that "quhzk" isn't a real word. Pickles even tallies up the score without becoming suspicious.
26th Oct '15 10:58:55 AM Totema
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** Which is a subversion on account of it being a real word, but spelled wrong.

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** Which is a subversion on account of it being a real word, but spelled (horribly) wrong.
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* While ruling over an abandoned earth, PinkyAndTheBrain play scrabble in the white-house.

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* While ruling over an abandoned earth, PinkyAndTheBrain WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain play scrabble in the white-house.
14th Oct '15 5:29:17 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''TheBobNewhartShow'', Howard tries to use the word "zoophyte," in a game of scrabble, defining it as "a fight between two or more animals at a zoo." It is challenged and found to be an actual word, so he wins the game. (It actually is a term for an animal that visually appears to be a plant.)

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* In an episode of ''TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', Howard tries to use the word "zoophyte," in a game of scrabble, defining it as "a fight between two or more animals at a zoo." It is challenged and found to be an actual word, so he wins the game. (It actually is a term for an animal that visually appears to be a plant.)
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