I hope wordcrafter doesn't mind my crashing the Vocabulary Forum but it seems to be the best place for this.
I sometimes play scrabble against my computer. Usually I have the computer skill level set to 15. I decided to play at 2o, the maximum level and in consecutive games it game up with all of the following.
US - a smokey haze, less damp than a fog
any of several large hollow stemmed umbelliferous plants
disconcert, worry, disturb
Alternate spelling for foetus
a non-Muslim subject of the Ottoman Empire
the letter "R"
a Persian variety of wild ass
Scottish or Irish: an expression of grief
alt. spelling for umiak or oomiak - an Eskimo boat
Anatomy (of muscle, bone, limb etc) situated furthest from the centre
any of several Wast Indian plants of genus Xanthosoma
the concentration of a solution as determined by titration
Law: a woman or wife
Parliamentary procedure: to entitle
The two in boldface I haven't found in the dictionary.
Strange to say I lost both games and reset the computer skill level to 15 where I sometimes win.
Why should I let the toad work
Squat on my life ?
Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off ?
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Never did like high-level Scrabble, Stefan Fatsis' Word Freak notwithstanding, for precisely that reason. The players aren't dealing with words, just with entries in a well-defined list. No, make that one of two lists, one for US Scrabble, and the other for international Scrabble. Might as well be made up of "@#$%^&*()..." as "abcdefghi..". A few reasonably competent players even speak no English at all, but they're good at list memorization and manipulation.
There is some overlap with the language used by most of us most of the time, but there really doesn't need to be.