Scrabble Bingo of the Day: GUISARD


GUISARD  n pl. -S  a masker

59 points (9 points without the bingo)

This is a pretty simple word to explain. Since the definition states guisard being a masker, then it's easy to tell where this word comes from—guise, which means to disguise, or more specifically to alter the appearance of. But with guisard, we're talking more about someone who's hiding their facial features by wearing a mask. You could also call a guisard a disguiser, masker or mummer, but not a guiser (at least, not in Scrabble).

The word disguiser is more general and mummer usually pertains to an actor in a pantomime or festival, but guisard and masker are more suited for somebody at a masquerade or just a person pretending to be someone they're not. That's why there's an -ard at the end of guisard, because it implies a depreciatory sense, as in drunkard and dullard.


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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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