Words

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Singing words, words, words, between the lines of age.

The haunting refrain of Neil Young‘s song inhabits my mind as I indulge in my latest escape. Online word games, playing with total strangers, discovering combinations of letters that score the most points. A long way from the Scrabble I enjoyed as a child, no cheating with dictionaries then; but now the whole World Wide Web is at my fingertips and words that I can scarcely believe are human turn out to be urban slang rather than Klingon. Where did ‘jol’ and ‘lez’ and ‘qis’ come from? Who cares? Judiciously placed on a triple letter or word square and 30 plus points are mine. I used to think it was all about using my mind and finding intelligent words, proud to show my erudition and education, but now it’s all strategy, filling little gaps and blocking my opponent and grabbing those double and triple thrills where I can.

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