In Scrabble, a word of seven or more letters can score big, so pity the player who knows nothing of "naperies".
It is thanks to this guid Scots word for napkins, that Allan Simmons is to go to the Scrabble championship final in Cardiff in November.
The victory offered a reminder of the value of Scottish obscurities to those who battle with words, not swords. We refer not just to Scrabble enthusiasts, but also to setters and solvers of crosswords.
Imagine the vexation of a Scrabble opponent as you play all your high-scoring letters in the delightful Scots word "perjink" (prim). And the remarkable seven-letter "nashgab" (prattle) can equally validly be played as "gabnash", which should help you get it down on the board.
Meanwhile crossword setters can make merry fun with Scottish oddities such as "chaft" (cheek) or "fleg" (a fright/to frighten).
Some English folk take umbrage at use of national or regional words like this. But they can go to the _ _ _ _. (Scots imp lied? You've got it backwards! - four letters).
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