Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BOVINITY


BOVINITY  66 points (16 points without the bingo)

Definition: the state of being a bovine [n]

At first glance, the definition for bovinity seems a bit too obvious… the state of being an ox-like animal. But outside the world of cattle, it's meant more as a disparaging remark to humans, as in a slow-moving, stolid or dull-witted person. So if you ever heard someone call you a bovine or reference you to bovinity in any way, and you didn't get what it meant at the time… chances are they were right. Maybe not, but I'm sure all of the buffaloes, bison, cows, kudus and oxen out there don't appreciate our sense of humor.

Also, in the workplace, bovinity refers to excessive micro-managing and nonsensical and ridiculous task making in order to create the illusion of order.

Inflections: BOVINITIES [pl.]

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BOVINITY A friendly roadside cow.
 Photo by Peter Gene

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BOVINITY A possible slow-moving, dull-witted person.
 Photo by zmtomako

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: BOVINITY Perhaps the best example: Homer Simpson.
 Image by HDesktop

So, just what is a Scrabble Bingo?

A bingo is when a player empties his or her rack in one turn, placing all seven of their letters on the board to create a word that's at least seven letters long. The term "bingo" is used primarily in the U.S., but elsewhere it's simply known as a "bonus" because you get a bonus of 50 points added to your turn's score. "Scrabble Bingo of the Day" will focus on these high scoring plays, teaching you some interesting and possibly unusual seven-letter or longer words accepted in a game of Scrabble.

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