Now, I'm not a jigsaw person in any sort of way. Haven't done one or even been tempted as such since I was a child. But this one caught my eye. It's a jigsaw puzzle of words and their definitions. Now, lest this sound like an easy venture to you linguists out there, beware, said definitions aren't always the ones you'll find in a Merriam Webster Dictionary. Some of them are, but many are etymology based hints or country of origin clues or even just random examples as to how the word could potentially be used.
Needless to say, with very teeny tiny pictures to make the puzzle possible it took a lot of arranging ,rearranging, head banging, re-rearranging, cries of frustration, futile and successful attempts and googlery, yet more re-re-rearranging until finally, it all fit together. It went so far as the last six pieces not matching into place. Oh that was not a happy moment; thinking of the coming time to be spent poring over the slightest hints of colors on the piece edeges since all the definitions matched; to see where the last 3 sets were supposed to fit since the last 3 locations available were not correctly pairing.
Here are some pictures of the process!
So now that I've completed this gigantic intrusion upon my daily waking hours, I'll hope to learn a few new words or things about those words. And I'd like to share just a few (or more) with you.
Now of course, I'm not just going to tell you the word and definition. That wouldn't be any fun!
Instead, I'll give you some definitions and please, without googling them (which I know I did so this just means you're more awesome than me), can you tell me what any of the words are or at least take a stab?
1. Is the most frequently used letter in English:
2. Has more synonyms than any other condition or object described in the English language:
3. Has more meanings than any other word in English, with 126 verbal uses and 58 noun uses.
4. Someone skilled at across the table chit chat (yes, there is a term for this although I didn't know it).
5. The longest common word made up of letters from the top line of the typewriter. (This should be fun for all you typists out there).
6. The joy one feels at someone else's misfortune (from the German).
7. Is the most frequently used word in spoken English.
8. A device for allowing an object such as a compass to remain level no matter how a ship moves. (only an appropriate definition to include right?)
9. Meaning 'very elegant', may be an acronym of 'port out, starboard home' as these were the cabins sheltered from the harsh sun on British ships to India.
10. To osculate.
And a bonus that you'll have to look up just to spell it:
11. It means 'the action of estimating as worthless' and is the longest real word in English. (hint, there are 29 letters)