Scrabble Bingo of the Day: YANQUIS


YANQUIS  68 points (18 points without the bingo)

Definition: United States citizens [n/pl.]

By the way it's spelled, you might not even realize it's the exact same thing as Yankees, only with a QUI instead of a KEE. But wait… Yankees isn't a legitimate Scrabble word, so why is yanquis?

Yankee is a proper noun, so it's not allowed in Scrabble. It dates back to the 18th century when New England soldiers used the term to describe themselves in the United States. Nowadays, when used inside the states, its usage is best described in an aphorism by E. B. White:

To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.

It's also been used as the name for a popular baseball team in New York. Abroad, it's used mostly as a derogatory word for any American, usually shortened to Yank.

But "yanqui" is used in a colloquial manner by Spanish speaking Latin Americans to describe a U.S. citizen in general, sometimes in an anti-American way, but mostly in a playful manner, as do most Spaniards and Europeans. The colloquialism drops it from proper noun status.

You can compare the word yanqui to other somewhat derogatory words, such as abo (Aborigines from Australia), yid (Yiddish Jew), skimo (Eskimo), etc.

Base: YANQUI [n]

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: YANQUIS Painting of a Yankee soldier by Keith Rocco.
 Image by Myles Keogh

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: YANQUIS British cartoon from Boston (1776) that ridicules Yankee militia surrounding the city.

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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